• Photo of the continental divide blanketed in snow. NPS Photo by VIP Schonlau

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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  • Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage

    Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road. More »

  • Impacts from September 2013 Flood

    Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »

For Teachers

Field Study

Invertebrate field study.

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National parks preserve our most treasured natural places and provide us with some of the most amazing outdoor classrooms in the world. The education program at Rocky Mountain National Park has been inspiring students for almosst 20 years. Set against the backdrop of 72 peaks that tower over 12,000 feet, Rocky Mountain is home to four distinct ecosystems, 12,000 years of human history, and over 1.7 billion years of geologic history.

Taking students into the field provides them with real-world examples of what they learn in the classroom. The educational programs at Rocky Mountain National Park provide hands-on experiences that can support and enhance your learning objectives. Each program is based on the real science, history, and/or geography of the area. The dedicated education staff at Rocky Mountain National Park utilize the resources throughout the park to conduct standards-based programs. Our lessons and activities encourage students to explore, experience, and engage in the learning process. Come discover the learning opportunities and potential lessons that exist in this unique outdoor classroom!

Please go to www.heartoftherockies.net for additional information on planning educational and youth-oriented trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. At the expanded site, teachers can find free classroom lessons and activities, download photos and resources, and learn how to arrange classroom visits by a ranger and reserve time at park facilities.


Did You Know?

a graphic of the Rocky Mountain Nature Association logo, a bighorn ram

RMNA has helped Rocky complete more than 40 projects valued at $10 million since 1986. They include the McGraw Ranch, the Fall River Visitor Center, and the Storm Mountain Pass trail. More...