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Schedule Of Events

Monthly Calendar of Events

When will you be visiting the park next? Click on the month below to see what Centennial Events are being offered during your trip! (This calendar is still being updated, please keep checking back for the most updated information.)

September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015

 

Complete Listing of Events

Year-round Activities

RMNP Centennial Ranger Programs
Starting in Summer 2014, these FREE talks, walks, and evening programs with a ranger are offered throughout the year. Please consult our Park Newspaper for ranger programs being offered right now.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Seminar Series
Beginning in the Fall of 2014 and running through the end of 2015, the non-profit partner of RMNP, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, will be offering full, half, and multi-day field classes through the RMC-Field Institute program to celebrate the Centennial. Visit www.rmconservancy.org and click on the "learn with us" tab to find out more about these classes.

Celebrate our Centennial with the Colorado Mountain Club (Starting September 2014)
The Colorado Mountain Club was instrumental in the formation of Rocky Mountain National Park 100 years ago. Original members participated in a 1914 pack trip organized to give Arapaho names to area peaks and features in an effort to help persuade Congree to establish Rocky Mountain National Park. James Grafton Rodgers, who began lobbying for designation as a national park in 1907, became the first president of the Colorado Mountain Club in 1912. Cut and paste this web address into your browser for details: http://www.cmc.org/About/YearoftheMountaineer/RMNPCentennial.aspx

  • Climbs, Hikes, and Snowshoes of 100 of the 125 Named Peaks in the Park
  • 100 Mile Hike Combo
  • Wildflower Hikes led by Colorado Native Plant Masters

YMCA of the Rockies Centennial Hikes (Starting September 2014)
The
YMCA of the Rockies has been leading educational excursions into Rocky Mountain National Park since the park's creation in 1915. Come enjoy the beauty and backcountry of the park with one of their talented hike-leaders. Fees: Free for YMCA guests, $20 day pass required for non-YMCA guests. Cut and paste this web address into your browser for details: http://www.y-hikes.com/index.html

Climb On! - an exhibit (September 26, 2014 - October 4, 2015)
Join us at the Estes Park Museum (200 Fourth Street, Estes Park) and experience the vertical side of Estes Park, home to some of the nation's most spectacular rock climbing. Granite boulders, sub-alpine crags, and high mountain walls make the Estes valley and surrounding high peaks a world class training ground for elite and amateur climbers alike. Learn about ascending rocky terrain and how individuals pioneered local routes that pushed the limits of gravity. 10am - 5pm daily. Free admission.

Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center 100th Anniversary Activities (Starting September 2014)
Starting in September 2014 and continuing through September 2015, the Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center will be offering activities for all ages.

  • 100th Anniversary Children's Coloring Map (with Crayon Pack): Young visitors will enjoy this way to explore the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and learn unique details of the park's history.
  • Grand Lake "Then and Now" Walking Tour: This self-guided walking tour starts at the Grand Lake Chamber and Visitor Center and highlights many of the locations that RMNP visitors have enjoyed throughout the years. Visitors will find, in store fronts, photographic examples of Grand Lake's tourist destinations - then and now.
  • Grand Lake Geo-cache Adventure: Come experience this FREE Family Fun GPS treasure hunt using the Grand Lake Geocaching Challenge Passport that is available at the Grand Lake Visitors Center. Caches are located throughout the Grand Lake area and highlight many of the historical sights and attractions which have existed during the past 100 years of the park. Complete the Challenge and receive a Commemorative Coin (Wooden Nickel). Additionally, more than 35 Earth and Virtual Caches located in Rocky Mountain National Park are listed in the Passport.

Centennial and RMNP Information at The Old Gallery (starting September 2014)
Visitors traveling into the RMNP area of the Peak to Peak Highway (Rt. 7) can stop at The Old Gallery (14862 Peak to Peak Highway, Allenspark, CO) for park information and promotional materials.

On-going Activities

One Book, One Valley
September 1 - November 30, 2014
Location: Estes Valley Library, Estes Park, CO
The Estes Valley Library hosts this annual event to celebrate reading and civic dialogue through the shared community experience of a single book - the Big Burn by Timothy Egan. The year's event is designed to tie-in with Rocky's 100th Anniversary. The Big Burn builds its narrative around the dramatic events of a ferocious wildfire battering through the forests in Washington, Idaho, and Montana in August of 1910. This book's larger story encompasses the backdrop of the burgeoning American conservation movement. As you read this book, reflect on its story of conservation and how it relates to subsequent events in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. What was the mood of the nation in the 1910s? How was someone like Enos Mills different from Gifford Pinchot - and how was he similar? Would RMNP have come about without these earlier events? From September 1 through November 30, the Library will host discussions, lectures, storytelling, films, and more - all inspired by the Big Burn and its connection to the 100th anniversary of RMNP. Please visit www.estesvalleylibrary.org for details.

The Wonder of Art from the Park - an Art Exhibit
November 22, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Location: Village Center, 928 Grand Ave., Grand County, CO
Paintings, sculpture, and jewelry showcasing the Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder of the park. This art exhibit is open to all Grand County artists and is sponsored by Art Out of Thin Air. Please contact Lisa Alander at 970-531-3439 for more details.

History as Art: In Three Parts
Part Three: Rocky Mountain National Park
January 24 - March 29, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
Interpreting historical objects through the use of art can promote engagement with creative and critical thinking. Using objects from the Rocky Mountain National Park museum collection, artists will interpret the objects through their artwork and the park's rich 100 year past.

Harold Dunning's World View
January 24 - May 2, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
Harold Dunning was a collector and the founder of the Loveland History Museum, which is now the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Dunning was also an avid outdoorsman who climbed Longs Peak over 100 times! Recently, Dunning's family donated many of his personal items and photos, several of them reflecting the time he spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. This exhibit will also feature accompanying programs about Dunning and also about climbing and hiking in the park.

RMNP Centennial Exhibit
March 21 - September 4 (and beyond!)
Location: History Colorado, Denver, CO
This exhibit explores the many ways that people have connected with the landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park over time. Come see how your experiences fit into history of people in the park!

Kauffman House Museum Centennial Exhibit
May 23, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Location: Kauffman House Museum, 407 Pitkin St., Grand Lake, CO
This exhibit highlights the history of the development of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and the related changes in Grand Lake. Come browse historic narratives, memoirs, photographs, and artifacts that will take you back up to 100 years!

Hot Sulphur Creative Arts Council Celebration of RMNP
June 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Location: Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall, 513 Aspen St, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
The Creative Arts Council celebrates the 100th Anniversary of RMNP by hosting a Historic Arts Show featuring photography of RMNP from local artists.

People in the Park
July 25 - August 30, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

This exhibition will explore ways in which artists perceive visitor use of Rocky Mountain National Park. Goals of this exhibit are to artistically define the extent of human impact upon natural resources, record the positive value of a wilderness experience, and survey ways in which the Artist-in-Residence program provides artists with a unique, inner perspective on potential use and long term intent of park access. Artists in this exhibit will have participated as Artists-in-Residence as RMNP and the work will be on loan from the RMNP collection, including painting, photography, video, poetry, and performance.

Jim Disney: Rocky Mountain Vision
July 25 - November 28, 2015
Location: Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

Jim Disney is a Loveland resident and also an avid outdoorsman who spends much of his time in Rocky Mountain National Park. His love for wildlife, the outdoors, and the Colorado mountains are evident in his paintings and artwork. Jim was commissioned to design the commemorative poster for the RMNP Centennial Celebration. This exhibit will feature Jim's art work, as well as a lecture/talk/tour by the artist.

 
Scheduled Events (updated 10/15/2014)
This calendar is still being updated. Please keep checking back for the most up-to-date information.

2014 Centennial Events
August 9, 2014

Arapaho Expedition 100th Anniversary (in conjunction with RMNP's 100th Anniversary)
Time:
10 am - 5 pm
Location: Bond Park, Estes Park, CO and Fall River Visitor Center, RMNP
Details: Join the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Arapaho Expedition that gave names to many of the area peaks and places. This expedition set the stage for the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915. Come experience the Arapaho Culture through storytelling, history, dance, and drums in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. Arapaho art exhibits will be displayed at the Fall River Visitor Center. Find out more details here.

September 3, 2014

Kick-off Ceremony
Time:
1 pm - 3 pm
Location: Hidden Valley, RMNP
Details: Join us in the park as we kick off our Centennial Celebration with special speakers and family activities! Buses will run from the Fairgrounds Park and Ride (1209 Manford Ave.) to Hidden Valley from noon until 5pm. Kick-off ceremony will begin at 2 pm. Please plan to catch the bus as close to noon as possible to ensure timely arrival at the event. All attendees must ride the shuttle to attend this free event.

September 3, 2014

Wonder of the Wild
Time:
4pm-8pm
Location: Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park, CO
Details: Take a night-time hike in the park simply by walking into the Images of RMNP Gallery! The interior of the gallery will be transformed into a small forest under a night sky and will showcase the diversity and beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. In conjunction with this event, Erik Stensland will officially launch his new hardcover book, "Wild Light: A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park", and will be on hand to sign books. There will also be plein air painters at work, live music, and great food! For more information, call Images of RMNP Gallery at 970-586-4352.

September 4 - 7, 2014 Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival
Time and Location: Visit www.scotfest.com for details.
Details: Many of the early 1900s settlers and promoters of Rocky Mountain National Park were of Scottish and Irish descent. Come celebrate the Centennial at this popular festival!
September 4, 2014 Kick-off Ice Cream Social
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Location: Holzwarth Historic Site, RMNP
Details: Come celebrate the kick-off of the park Centennial with ice cream and trip back in time at the Holzwarth Historic Site! Special speakers, family activities and free ice-cream while it lasts will be provided. Buses will run from the Grand Lake Town Hall parking lot and Kawuneeche Visitor Center to the Holzwarth Historic Site from noon until 5pm. Kick-off ceremony will begin at 2pm. Please plan to catch the bus as close to noon as possible to ensure timely arrival at the event. All attendees must ride the shuttle to attend this free event.
September 4, 2014 Wonder of the Wild
Time:
1 - 5 pm
Location: Grand Lake Art Gallery, 1117 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Join photographer Erik Stensland for the launch his new hardcover book, "Wild Light: A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park". Erik will be on hand to sign books. This beautiful book is full of images of remote and beautiful places in the park. Artists will also be painting on site.
September 5, 2014

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Celebration Seminar
Hike the Ute Trail with a Naturalist

September 6, 2014

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Wilderness Walk
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park
Details: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 100th Anniversary of RMNP by strolling around Lily Lake. Take part in the fun with lots of family activities, presentations, and exhibitors!

September 6, 2014

A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park, photographer Erik Strensland takes us on a journey through this amazing national treasure. He'll also be available to sign copies of his new book that has been nearly 10 years in the making.

September 6-7, 2014 Oil Painters of America Annual Great Paint Out
Time:
8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Trail River Ranch, RMNP
Details: Professionals and novices alike are encouraged to join the Oil Painters of America for a plein air painting session at this historic location to capture the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder of Rocky Mountain National Park during this celebratory time. Limited to 30 people. Please contact Laura Kratz (816-352-8696, laurakratz@gmail.com) to participate.
September 7, 2014 Music, Munchies, and Maybe a Moose
Time:
3-5pm
Location: Trail River Ranch, RMNP
Details: An afternoon of classical favorites and "A Little Moose Music" in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. $50 entry fee. Limited to 50 people. Please contact Suzan Mitchell (303-478-0671, suzan.mitchell@comcast.net) to participate.
September 8, 2014 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Celebration Seminar: The First 100 Years
Details
September 13, 2014 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Celebration Seminar: Bighorn Sheep Ecology
and Management
September 15, 2014

The Women of Wind Research in RMNP
Time: 7 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP
Details: Dave Glidden is a Field Specialist in Wind and Mountain Climatology, and has conducted studies for the NPS in RMNP where winds regularly gust to well over 100 mph on Trail Ridge Road in the winter. A strong advocate of women in the sciences, he has been fortunate to have many share in the excitement and rewards of field work. Come hear his story of working with the 4 Women of Wind Research that changed the way we look at wind and climate in Rocky Mountain National Park.

September 17- 25, 2014 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Paint Out & Show
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, RMNP
Details: The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters will be out painting all over the park September 17-24. Stop by and watch or ask them questions about their painting. Then stop by the Fall River Visitor Center the night of September 25 - 28 to view and/or purchase your favorite paintings you saw in the field. The Gala Opening of the show will be Thursday night, September 25.
September 20, 2014 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Celebration Seminar: Photographing the Wildlife and Wonder of Autumn with John Fielder
Details - call the Conservancy at (970) 586-3262 or click
here.
September 20, 2014

Constitution Week Concert featuring Peggy Mann
Time:
3:00pm
Location: Grand Escape Cottages, 1204 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, CO
Details:
Come join local artist Peggy Man for her beautiful renditions of songs written about Rocky Mountain National Park including Never Summer, Forever Home by Steve Cormey and her own original tribute to the park - Rocky Mountain National Park Song.

September 21 - 30, 2014

Paint Something Grand!
Location:
Grand Lake, CO
Details:
An event for artists and art afficianados! During this week, art workshops and plein air painters working with the theme "Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder" will paint in and around Grand Lake. For information on how to participate in painting workshops, please contact Donna Lyons - 970-531-0299.

September 25, 2014 Design a Postcard for Rocky
Time:
3-5pm
Location: Estes Valley Library, Estes Park, CO
Details: Stop in for a blank card or drop in for the session time above - decorate a scene or draw your favorite animal to celebrate Rocky's birthday. Postcards will be on display during the One Book One Valley season.
September 25, 2014

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Show and Opening Reception
Time:
Show begins at noon, Opening Reception 6-8pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, RMNP
Details: Come view and purchase artwork from the park painted earlier in the week out in the park! 40% of the proceeds from the sale benefit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and the education and interpretive programs in RMNP.
A ranger talk about the link between the arts and our national parks will be given at 10:30am, followed by a demonstration by one of the plein air painters at 11am.
For more information, cut as paste the following webaddress into your browser:
http://rmpap.org/events/national-show-info/rmnp-centennial-celebration/

September 26-28, 2014 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Art Show and Sale
Time:
9-5 pm Friday and Saturday, 9-3pm Sunday
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, RMNP
Details:
Come view and purchase artwork from the park painted earlier in the week out in the park! 40% of the proceeds from the sale benefit the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and the education and interpretive programs in RMNP.
On September 26 and 28, ranger talks about the link between the arts and our national parks will be given at Fall River Visitor Center at 10:30 followed by an art demonstration by one of the plein air painters at 11am.
For more information, cut as paste the following webaddress into your browser:
http://rmpap.org/events/national-show-info/rmnp-centennial-celebration/
September 26, 2014 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Group Paint Out
Time:
9am - 12pm
Location: The Historic Stanley Hotel
Details: Come enjoy watching participants work as the paint on the grounds of the beautiful Stanley Hotel. Get a glimpse of the plein air painting process, and interact with the artists as they work.
For more information, cut as paste the following webaddress into your browser:
http://rmpap.org/events/national-show-info/rmnp-centennial-celebration/
September 26, 2014

Centennial Speaker Series: Mary Taylor Young
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center, RMNP (West Side)
Details: A century has passed since Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. But the story of any park with "Rocky Mountain" is its name begins not just a hundred years but a billion years ago. Award winning writer, Mary Taylor Young, tells the story of her new book, "Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years".

September 26-27, 2014 Trappers' Wild Game Culinary Affair
Time:
Friday, September 26: 6 - 9pm ($15), Saturday, September 27: 1-7pm ($22)
Location: Grand Lake Town Square: Community House and Heckert Pavilion
Details: The culinary event of the year! This tantalizing affair will introduce a variety of foods consumed over the past 100 years, including appetizing samples of indigenous plants and herbs, birds, fish, and animals found commonly in the surrounding Rocky Mountain area and prepared using a variety of historic and modern cooking techniques! Includes educational talks by culinary and forestry subject matter experts and additional activies such as a Ute tribal blessing ceremony and food and beverage based events representative of the past 100 years. Tickets are $15 for Friday and $22 for Saturday. For more information click
here.
September 26, 2014

Climb On! - Exhibit Opening: Centennial Exhibit and Legendary Climbers
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details:
Free admission.
The Estes Park Museum and Estes Valley Library joined forces to help record oral histories of the adventurous climbers who made first ascents in Rocky. This is one part of the centennial exhibit on display through June 30, 2015. Visit www.estes.org/museum for more details.

September 27, 2014

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Quick Draw and Sale
Time:
9am - 12pm
Location: Moraine Park Discovery Center
Details: The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters will be painting what they see from the Moraine Park Discovery Center. Come watch the art appear from a blank canvas and take home a hand-painted reminder of your experience during the Centennial! Quick draw paintings will be offered for sale from 11am - 12pm.
For more information, cut as paste the following webaddress into your browser:
http://rmpap.org/events/national-show-info/rmnp-centennial-celebration/

September 27, 2014 Centennial Speaker Series: Mary Taylor Young
Time: 7 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP (East Side)
Details: A century has passed since Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. But the story of any park with "Rocky Mountain"
in its name begins not just a hundred years but a billion years ago. Award winning writer, Mary Taylor Young, tells the story of her new book,
"Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years".
October 4, 2014

The Playground Trail: The National Park-to-Park Highway
Time:
3-4pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Steet, Estes Park, CO
Details: Admission $3 for Museum Friends members or children, $5 for non-museum members.
Following WWI, Americans were ready to "See America First." This slogan was used by the newly-created NPS to promote automobile travel to the National Parks of the West. The National Park-to-Park Highway Association promoted a 5,500 mile long "auto trail" to and through 12 national parks. A dedication tour along the highway was held in 1920. Sponsored by the NPS and AAA, the media event spotlighted the beauty of the parks plus the pleasures and pitfalls of driving an automobile to and through the nation's "playgrounds". This fully illustrated program will transport the audience along the National Park-to-Park Highway as it was experienced during the 1920 tour.

October 4-5, 2014 Elk Fest
Time: Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: 9am-4pm
Location: Bond Park
Details: An annual two-day event that provides a unique educational experience on the wildlife of RMNP. Activities include, Native American dancing, Mountain Man camps, educational seminars, and a children's area. Both days, bus tours will offer a visitors and up-close look at the elk rut.
October 9, 2014 The Geology of Estes Park Rock Climbing: a Thrill More Than One Million Years in the Making
Time:
7-8pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Steet, Estes Park, CO
Details: Free Admission.
The soaring granite walls of Lumpy Ridge and the area's alpine peaks are a rock climber's paradise. The Diamond face on Longs Peak is a world famous crucible for alpine rock climbing. Visitors from across the country and around the world converge on Estes Park to enjoy the classic climbing routes on Hallett Peak, Petit Grepon, Twin Owls, The Book, and many other peaks and walls. So why is Estes Park a rock climbing mecca? It all comes down to the area's geology. Join us for a journey through Estes Park's geological history, during which we will explore questions such as "Why is there so much granite here?", "How did that rock come to form such soaring walls?", and "How does our climbing impact the environment?"
October 10, 2014

Centennial Speaker Series: Robert Stanton
Time:
2pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP
Details: Robert Stanton served as Director of the National Park Service from 1997-2001 and has served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. His bipartisan and inclusive approach to problem solving and cooperative resource stewardship earned him tremendous respect and admiration, enabling him to build effective relations with the U.S. Congress, Federal, tribal, state, and local agencies, diverse organizations, leaders, and citizens. Mr. Stanton brings his experience and his unique perspective on the National Park Service to this discussion about the 100 year anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. This is a presentation not to be missed!

October 10, 2014 One Book, One Valley Opening Reception: The Big Burn
Time:
5:30-7:30pm
Location: Estes Valley Library, Estes Park, CO
Details: The Estes Valley Library welcomes you to a festive kick-off celebration including wine and cheese for their One Book, One Valley event surrounding the book, The Big Burn; an upstairs exhibit featuring Park-themes postcards and children's nature photography; a visit from Smokey Bear; and at 6:30pm, a "Reader's Theater" performance with special focus on Theodore Roosevelt and his lively daughter, Alice. Come as you are or join in the fun of the Rocky Mountain National Park 100th birthday theme: ranger style uniforms or hats - bring your own - and we'll have a few on hand!
October 21, 2014 Fire Rangers of Rocky (for kids)
Time:
4pm
Location: Estes Valley Library
Details: This fun program for "Junior Rangers" will enlighted kids about the role that fire plays in the management and future of Rocky Mountain National Park.
October 22, 2014 Readings from Enos Mills
Time:
12:30pm
Location: Estes Valley LIbrary, Hondius Room
Details: Enos Mills' eloquent writings were a major factor in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. Robert Burkhardt reads selections from Mills' adventurous and spirited writings, with observations on wildlife, preservation, and nature's nurturing of our soul.
October 28, 2014 Enos Mills: Rocky Mountain Naturalist
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Valley Library Hondius Room, Estes Park, CO
Details: Enos Mills (1870-1922) was a driving force behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. Storyteller John Stansfield brings Mills to life in this one-man performance re-enacting key moments from a brilliant and inspiring career.
October 31, 2014

Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder Halloween - DATE CHANGED FROM 10/25
Time:
12pm
Location: Grand Lake Community House
Details: Come celebrate with a children's costume contest and community trick or treat! Prizes will be awarded for the best park, animal, and history themed costumes! For information contact the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce at 970-627-3402.

November 3, 2014

Meet Me @ the Museum: Vintage Souvenirs of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Steet, Estes Park, CO
Details: Free Admission.
See unique mementos and keepsakes once collected by visitors to RMNP. Now housed at the Estes Park Museum, these keepsakes were once purchased as a reminder of a special visit. Curator of Education Alicia Mittelman will discuss how they represent bigger themes about nostalgia, art, and collecting with items produced over the span of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100 years as a national treasure.

November 7, 2014 American Experience: The Big Burn
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Valley Library Hondius Room
Details: What the debut of this PBS documentary on television September 9 - or see it on the big screen at the Library. The film follows and explores the questions raised in Timothy Egan's book -the Big Burn. Preceeded by the special short film, "The History of Smokey Bear" from 1977.
November 8, 2014 Whooo's Up There?
Time:
3-4pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Steet, Estes Park, CO
Details: $6 per child. Free admission as a chaperone. Registration encouraged at 970-577-3762 or amittelman@estes.org to sign up. Scholarships are available.
Children ages 5-12 will learn about owls of Estes Park and RMNP, the live ones and the famous rock formation ("Twin Owls") easily seen from the Museum. Following an illustrated discussion of these fascinating birds of prey, participants will paint a ceramic owl to take home with them.
November 10, 2014 Fire Rangers of Rocky
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Valley Library Hondius Room
Details: Join a ranger for a discussion of fire management principles and the role that fire plays in the future of Rocky Mountain National Park.
November 18, 2014 The Big Burn: An Evening with Timothy Egan
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church, 1575 S. St. Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO
Details: Free tickets available at the Estes Valley Library or Macdonald Book Shop.
Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West. His book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, has been called "a tremendous tale". Publishers Weekly wrote: "Egan brings a touching humanity to this story of valor and cowardice in the face of national catastrophe, paying respectful attention to Roosevelt's grand dream of conservation and of an America 'for the little man'." This story sets the scene for the conservation movement that would result in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915.

November 22, 2015 Tree Lighting Ceremony
Time: TBD
Location: Riverside Plaza
Details: Sweet treats and hot chocolate will warm bodies as people enjoy Radio Flyer wagon rides, stocking and ornament decorating, and visits from jolly ol' Saint Nick. Lights will be lit, including a surprise feature that honors Rocky's 100th Anniversary.
November 22, 2014 - January 11, 2015

The Wonder of Art from the Park - an Art Exhibit
Time: on-going
Location:
Village Center, 928 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, CO
Details: Local artists showcase their paintins, sculpture, and jewelry highlighting the Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder of RMNP. This exhibit is open to all Grand County artistis and is sponsored by Art Out of Thin Air. Call Patricia Alander at 970-531-3439 for more details.

November 28, 2014 The Wonder of Christmas
Time:
5:30pm
Location: Town Park, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Celebrate the wonder of the holidays on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park with this special christmas tree lighting!
November 28,
2014
Catch the Glow Parade
Time: Dusk
Location: Downtown Estes Park
Details: Catch the glow from a beautifully lit parade and enjoy hay rides, smores, live carolers and visits from Santa.
December 20-21, 2014 Home for the Holidays: The Wonder of Christmas in the Rockies
Location:
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater - 800 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, CO
Details:$15/ticket
Professional musical theater performers present a festive and heartwarming holiday tribute to celebrate the wonder of the Rocky Mountains. Written and Directed by Artistic Director Michael Querio. Visit www.rockymountainrep.com or call 970-627-3421 for more information.
December 26-31, 2014

Holiday Melodrama
Time:
8pm
Location: Grand Lake Community House, 1025 Grand Ave., Grand Lake, CO
Details: The 2014 Annual Melodrama will transport you to the early days of RMNP! Ticket prices: $17/adult, $8/under 12.
For more information visit www.grandartscouncil.com.

December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Fireworks
Time:
12:00am
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Celebration and ring in a new year in the mountains with this fantastic fireworks display!

2015 Centennial Events
January 17, 2015 Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Film Release
Time:
7pm
Location:Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Come join Rocky Mountain National Park and Fall River Productions for the Grand Release of the new Centennial Film!
January 18, 2015

The Town of Estes Park presents a Rocky Mountain National Park Birthday Celebration
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Events Center
Details: Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Rocky Mountain National Park with fun activities at the Estes Park Winter Festival.

January 24, 2015

Centennial Speaker Series: Jim Pickering
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park! Join the Historian Laureate of Estes Park for his reflections on the last 100 years of Rocky Mountain National Park.

January 26, 2015 Cake!
Time:
12pm until the cake runs out
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join park staff for birthday cake while it lasts to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation that created Rocky Mountain National Park back in 1915.
January 26, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
January 26, 2015 Grand Lake Nordic Center Centennial Free Ski Day
Time:
All Day
Location: Grand Lake Nordic Center
Details: Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park with amazing views, free nordic skiing, and 100th Anniversary memorabilia!
January 31, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! Topics will be different each Saturday.
February 7, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round! Topics will be different each Saturday.
February 14, 2015

The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join us for a showing of the new Nick Molle Production - The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park. This documentary explores the history of Rocky Mountain National Park and celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

February 21, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
February 23, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
February 28, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
March 4-5, 2015 Continental Divide Research Learning Center Research Conference
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Town Hall, Estes Park, CO.
March 5, 2015 One Park, Many Perspectives: An Exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park at its Centenary
Time:
4:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Norlin Library, University of Colorado Boulder
Details: Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder in the fields of history, geological sciences, environmental studies, linguistics, among others, as well as representatives from the Libraries will speak as panelists about how their research relates to the history, environment, and ecology of RMNP, while also highlighting related library collections and services. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the researchers at the end of the session. Knowledge gained from a wide range of topics will inspire attendees to explore Rocky with a great appreciation of its historical, environmental, and cultural importance.
March 7, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
March 8-9, 2015 4th Annual Grand Lake Catch and Release Ice Fishing Contest
Time: 7am - 1pm
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Details: Come try your hand at ice fishing and learn about the fisheries of Rocky Mountain National Park.
March 14, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
March 21, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
March 24, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: John Fielder
Time: TBD
Location:
Denver Museum of Nature and Science - ticket information TBD
Details: John Fielder camped 50 nights in the park during the summers of 19931994. With a special park permit he photographed almost every alpine lake at sunset and sunrise. Effectively, he hiked on trail and off the entire 400 square miles of the park. John will share these and other photographs of the park, backed by beautiful music, and tell stories funny, sad, dramatic of his life exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.
March 28, 2015 Centennial Saturday Night: an Evening of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Join a ranger for a fun 45 minute program that highlights wilderness, wildlife, and wonder found in the park year round!
March 30, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
April 25, 2015

Earth Day/National Junior Ranger Day
Time:
TBD
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

April 27, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 1, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 18, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
May 29-31, 2015 Estes Park Western Heritage Art and Artisan Show and Sale
Time:
Friday, May 29: 6-10pm, Saturday, May 30: 9am-5pm, Sunday, May 31: 9am - 3pm
Location: Stanley Fairgounds Pavilion Bldg, Estes Park, CO
Details: Come view the best in Western art! The Windows in the West Art Show will showcase the beauty of the mountains and wildlife that are found in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area. The Western Artisan Show will celebrate traditional cowboy arts, tack, and tools that have been in use since the park first was founded in 1915.
May 30, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jill Baron
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
May 30-31, 2015 Rocky Mountain Chuckwagon Cook-off
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Events Complex
Details:Take a step back in time and enjoy the culinary art of 1915 and watch as several wagons serve up traditional meals and are judged for a "people's choice" award. Visit with cooks, check out their wagons, enjoy great western music, and hop into the western photo booth with western props and accessories.
June 5, 2015 The Sounds of Silence - a Celebration of the Ban on Commercial Air Tours Over RMNP
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1998, the League of Women Voters organized a letter writing and phone call campaign to garner support from Congress to ban commercial overflights over Rocky Mountain National Park. Come hear the inspiring story of how this group "Banned the Buzz!"
June 5, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
June 6, 2015
Rocky Mountain Molecules: Chemical Storylines of Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Why do Ponderosa Pines smell like cheap ice cream? Why in some years do autumn aspen turn red rather than gold? Why are sunsets orange? Look beyond what you see into the wonder-filled world of atoms and molecules and explore often overlooked chemical storylines foudn in the Colorado high country. Learn what J.K. Rowling, Robert Frost, Laura Ingles Wilder, and Martin Luther King know about the chemistry of Rocky Mountain National Park and discover the connections between chemistry, nature, poetry, history, classic literature, popular culture, music and much more.
June 6, 2015 Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show Opening Reception
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Cultural Arts Council (423 W. Elkhorn Ave.), Estes Park, CO
Details: This invitational show highlights the work of former Arts for the Parks Top 100 artists and area artists who have participated in wildlife and landscape art shows. New work, celebrating RMNP's past and present will also be displayed.
June 6 - July 23, 2015 Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Cultural Arts Council (423 W. Elkhorn Ave.), Estes Park, CO
Details: This invitational show highlights the work of former Arts for the Parks Top 100 artists and area artists who have participated in wildlife and landscape art shows. New work, celebrating RMNP's past and present will also be displayed.
June 12, 13, 14, 2015

FACE of Fiber in the Rockies 2015
Time:
June 12: 12-5pm, June 13: 10-5pm, June 14: 10-3pm
Location: The Village Playhouse @ The Other Side Restaurant, 900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517
Details: This special exhibition with highlight fiber arts that celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park and represent the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder foudn there. Fiber arts include weaving, spinning, quilting, knitting, basketry, felting, papermaking, embroidery, hand-dyeing, tatting, lacemaking, dolls, needlepoint, rug making, beading, and much, much more. Come check out this unique exhibition!

June 12, 13, 14, 2015 Rocky Mountain High Golf - Celebrate the Centennial with RMNP Views
Time:
All Day (8am - 6pm)
Location: Grand Lake Golf Course, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Celebrate the amazing views of RMNP as your play a round of golf with discounted green fees ($100 for 2 players and a golf cart) and 100th Anniversary memorabilia.
June 13, 2015

The Estes Institute presents Rocky Mountain National Park Student Art Celebration Reception
Time:
1pm - 3pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center
Details: Celebrate art from students throughout the state of Colorado honoring RMNP's 100th Anniversary. The top entries in each of the categories will be honored at this reception.

June 13, 2015 Rocky Mountain Molecules: Chemical Storylines of Wonder
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Why do Ponderosa Pines smell like cheap ice cream? Why in some years do autumn aspen turn red rather than gold? Why are sunsets orange? Look beyond what you see into the wonder-filled world of atoms and molecules and explore often overlooked chemical storylines foudn in the Colorado high country. Learn what J.K. Rowling, Robert Frost, Laura Ingles Wilder, and Martin Luther King know about the chemistry of Rocky Mountain National Park and discover the connections between chemistry, nature, poetry, history, classic literature, popular culture, music and much more.
June 17, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
June 18, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
June 18, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Centennial Celebration Seminar: Living History Tales of the West - Iron Thumb: A Fur Trapper's Life in the Mountains
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Location: Moraine Park Discovery Center Amphitheater
Details: People from the past come to life in this presenation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley. Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration, and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay here in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows after the program. $10. Must register to attend - visit www.rmconservancy.org and click on the "learn with us" tab to find out more about these classes.
June 18-21, 2015 Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering
Time: 10am - 10pm
Location: Stanley Park Fairgrounds
Details: Join a celebration of Irish culture and history in a festival atmosphere. Irish individuals who have made contributions to RMNP will be showcased at this event.Visit www.rockymountainirishfestival.com for details or www.facebook.com/RockyMountainIrishFestival for updates.
June 19, 2015

Sisters of Courage
Time: 7pm
Location:
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake, and the Harbison Ranch eventually became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a fascinating journey into the past as you hear the extraordinary pioneer experiences of the Harbison sisters and their family during this hour long program.

June 20, 2015

Art & Architecture Home Tour
Time:
12-5pm
Location: Grand Lake, CO.
Details: This exciting tour will focus on historic and/or artistic homes and structures related to the people and events that feature in the early days of Rocky Mountain National Park. Ticket prices: $20/adult
For more information visit www.grandartscouncil.com.

June 20, 2015 Transformation in RMNP: The Effects of Climate Change and Human Intervention
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum
Details: Learn from author and Ph.D. Thomas Gootz, how human interference has altered RMNP and the challenges that climate change presents to both flora and fauna. This talk highlights past changes such as overpopulation of elk as well as current trends toward a warmer and drier climate.
June 24, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
June 25, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
June 26, 2015

Images of RMNP Gallery presents Happy 100th!
Time:
4-8pm
Location: Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park, CO
Details: Help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Visit the gallery for music, cake, and great art celebrating our national treasure!

June 26, 2015

Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.

June 27-28, 2015 Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Local Art Commemoration
Time:
1-5pm (both days)
Location: The Old Gallery, 14863 Peak to Peak Highway, Allenspark, CO
Details: This fun weekend event will feature local art and artists. Art will be categorized and displayed in three Centennial-themed categories: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder. The event reception will feature refreshments, a meet and greet with the artists, art demos, and art activities for children. Art will be displayed for the entire celebration year.
June 29, 2015 Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO
Details: For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. This January through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Climbers' Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum in conjunction with the museum's "Climb On!" exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
June 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Paint Out
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
July 1, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 2, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 3, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
July 4, 2015

Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder Independence Day Parade
Time:
11am
Location: Mainstreet in Granby, CO
Details: Join in the fun at this Centennial themed Independence Day Parade in Granby, followed by a party in park!

July 7, 2015 Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo Parade
Time: 10am
Location: Downtown Estes Park
Details: This colorful entourage and kick-off to a week of rodeo festivities is themed: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder.
July 7-12, 2015 Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo
Time: 6pm
Location: Stanley Park Fairgrounds
Details: Each night, guests will experience thrilling Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women's Professional Barrel Racing events. For younger cowpokes, the rodeo features a crowd-pleasing mutton bustin' competition. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, there is a "cash catch" for those 8-12 years of age. One night (TBD) will be dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of RMNP.
July 8, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 9, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 11, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jim Disney
Time:
7:00pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Jim Disney is a mountaineer and artist that has been visting Rocky Mountain National Park for decades. Come experience the inspiration that has allowed Jim to create his beautiful artwork featuring Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding Wilderness - including how he created the official poster of the Centennial. Jim will be on hand to sign posters after this talk.
July 12, 2015 Grand Lake Yacht Celebrates RMNP Centennial
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Grand Lake Yacht Club
Details: Enjoy an Ice Cream Social at 1915 prices, five cents a scoop. Take a tour of the 102 year-old yacht club or participate in the horseshoe tournament.
July 13-17, 2015 Centennial Artist-in-Residence Art Show and Sale
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, RMNP
Details: For years, the RMNP Artist-in-Residence program has celebrated the way that this special place inspires artists. Come view part of the collection and buy the special piece that speaks to you to take home with you!
July 15, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 16, 17, 18, 2015

Centennial Night Sky Festival
Time:
Schedule of events TBA
Location: throughout the park
Details: The night sky has seen many changes over the past 100 years, yet it's beauty has remained the same. During this 3 day event, special night sky programs and speakers will be offered at campground, and solar viewing will be available at select visitor centers during the day. Schedule of events to be announced.

July 16, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 17, 2015 The Civilian Conservation Corps: Legend and Legacy in Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: The Civilian Conservation Corps has left a legacy that goes beyond the work projects they performed. Come hear the story of how the CCC's accomplishments here advanced the development of Rocky Mountain National Park and impacted your experiences in the park today.
July 18, 2015 Rocky Mountain Centennial 5K Run
Time: 8:30am
Location: Wild Basin Road to Olive Ridge Campground.
Details: This family friendly 5K run is not in Rocky Mountain National Park, but highlights the scenery in the Wild Basin area. This fun run will teach you about the history of the park as you run along! Check back for registration and route information.
July 18, 2015

Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.

July 22, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 23, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 24, 2015

Sisters of Courage
Time: 7pm
Location:
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake, and the Harbison Ranch eventually became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a fascinating journey into the past as you hear the extraordinary pioneer experiences of the Harbison sisters and their family during this hour long program.

July 24-26, 2015 Youth Conservation Corps Reunion
Location: Timber Creek Campground
Details:
From 1976 - 1983, hundreds of youths ages 15 - 18 participated in a residential work program at Camp Kawuneeche and Camp Eagle Cliff and performed invaluable work projects. While the program was scaled back in 1984, the significance of the work undertaken, as well as the environmental education and recreation experiences, were a life changing event for those who were given the opportunity to be a part of the YCC. The 100th Anniversary is an appropriate time to recognize and celebrate teh value of the many young people who were committed to making Rocky Mountain National Park the treasure it continues to be today. This reunion will bring YCC members back together and provide opportunities to share experiences and stories. All interested parties must find there own lodging or camping sites. More information to come.
July 25, 2015 Centennial Concert with Brad Fitch
Time: TBD
Location: Performance Park, Estes Park, CO
July 29, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
July 30, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 30, 2015 Opening Reception for People in the Park Exhibit
Time:
5-8pm
Location: Loveland Museum/Gallery
Details: This opening event will be held outdoors at the Museum and will feature live and recorded music, lectures, food booths, vendor booths, and hopefully a show by the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Free event (except for booths).
August 2, 2015

Images of RMNP Gallery presents Happy 100th!
Time:
4-8pm
Location: Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park, CO
Details: Help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Visit the gallery for music, cake, and great art celebrating our national treasure!

August 5, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 6, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 7, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
August 8, 2015
Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In the early 1930s, RMNP's first Ranger Naturalist was also an author. Many of his true adventures were creatively captured through a mythical character in his book, "Bob Flame - Rocky Mountain Ranger". Come relive these tales of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter and, who knows, maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance.
August 8, 2015

Centennial Speaker Series: Patty Limerick
Time: TBD
Location: History Colorado. Ticket information TBD.

August 10-16, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Exhibition and Show
Time: TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO
August 12, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 13, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 13, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Reception
Time:
TBD
Location: Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO
August 13, 2015 Music of the Mountains: Centennial "After the Show" Cabaret
Time:10:00 pm
Location: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater
Details: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater performs songs about wilderness, wildlife, and wonder.
August 15, 2015 Kids Centennial Paint Out with Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Time: TBD
Location: Lily Lake, RMNP
August 19, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 20, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 22, 2015 Code of the West
Time: TBD
Location: Polhamus Park, Granby, CO
Details: This event brings to life the "code" of western heritage and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of RMNP.
August 24, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers Camp and Celebration at the Smith Eslick Cottage Court
Time:
TBD
Location: Grand Lake, CO

August 25, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers: Model T Tour of the National Park to Park Highway
Time:
TBD
Location: Moraine Park Campground, RMNP

August 26, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
August 27, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 29, 2015

Sisters of Courage
Time: 7pm
Location:
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: In 1896, Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake, and the Harbison Ranch eventually became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a fascinating journey into the past as you hear the extraordinary pioneer experiences of the Harbison sisters and their family during this hour long program.

August 30, 2015

Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: God's Glorious Creation, a non-denominational church service
Time:
10am - 11am
Location: Timber Creek Campground
Details: This non-denominational, non-evangelical service with Pastor David Heil of Trinity Church in the Pines will celebrate the wonder of RMNP as part of God's creation. The service will be followed by a ranger led slide-illustrated program on Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 30,
2015
RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time: TBD
Location: Estes Park Event Center
Details: A concert featuring the Colorado Wind Ensemble, a 45-member woodwind, brass, and percussion orchestra. The program will feature music reflecting the mood of the nation in 1915 and music that celebrates the outdoors.
September 2, 2015 Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. See the artist's work and discover how their residency in the park is influencing their art. During the Centennial year, Artists in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program.
September 3, 2015 Centennial Science Behind the Scenery
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. Each week a difference scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
September 3, 2015 West Side Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time:
1-3 pm
Location: Holzwarth Historic Site, RMNP

September 4, 2015 Centennial Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Hidden Valley, RMNP

September 4, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-7pm
Location: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, 356 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO
Details: Art and artists throughout American history have discovered inspiration from wild places and played important roles informing the public about the wonders of lands now forever protected by law. Come join local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. One piece of art will be presented for auction with 40% of the proceeds donated to Rocky Mountain National Park.
September 6, 2015

Tombstone Tales
Time:
11am - 5pm
Location: Shuttle from Grand Lake, CO to the Grand Lake Cemetary in RMNP
Details: This spooky event will "visit" with 6 real characters who played a significant role in the early days of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Lake Area. Tickets: $20/adult, $5/under 12.
For more information visit www.grandartscouncil.com

September 18-19, 2015

RMNP Employee/Alumni Reunion
Time: TBD
Location: YMCA of the Rockies


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