Calendar

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 with event details, please keep checking back for the most updated information.)

May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015

 

Complete Listing of Events

Year-round Activities

RMNP Centennial Ranger Programs
These FREE talks, walks, and evening programs with a ranger are offered throughout the year and celebrate the Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder of the park. Check our park newspaper or ranger programs page for what is 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.

Across the Divide Geo-Tour, a Centennial GeoAdventure
Looking for a new, fun way to spend the day in Estes Park, Grand Lake, and Rocky Mountain National Park? Starting March 1, come experience this FREE Family Fun GPS treasure hunt! 50 Geocaches (EarthCaches, virtual caches, and traditional caches) in Estes Park, Grand Lake, and RMNP relating to the Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder and RMNP's Centennial history take you from town to town and across the Continental Divide (when Trail Ridge Road is open). Whether you are new to geo-caching or are a geo-caching expert, this tour is a fun and challenging adventure for the whole family. Find 10, 35, or 50 geocaches and earn different souvenir commemorative coins. Find out more at the Grand Lake or Estes Park Visitor Centers, the Across the Divide GeoTour Facebook page, or cut and past the following website into your browser: www.geocaching.com/play/geotours/across-the-divide.

Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder Art Show and Centennial and RMNP Information at The Old Gallery
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. Art created by local artists will feature the area's Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder and will be on display for the Celebration year.

On-going Activities

Registration for Vacation Races' Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Today - July 31, 2015, Race is August 1
Location: Estes Park, CO

Register with Vacation Races for this beautiful half marathon in the Town of Estes Park. Event though the course is entirely outside the park, the entire run has spectacular views of Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, and local features to inspires you as you run. To find out more informatino or to register visit www.therockymountainhalf.com

Registration for Vacation Races' 100th Anniversary Virtual Race - 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon
Today - September 1, 2015
Location: ANYWHERE!
Register with Vacation Races for this run virtual race. What is a virtual race? A virtual race sets the distance and the day, and you get to pick the location. Pick your distance (5K, 10K, or Half Marathon), register, run that distance between September 1-7, log your time and race conditions on the website, and receive a race t-shirt, race medal, and fun prizes. Celebrate our Centennial whereever you are by running with us! For more details or to register, visit www.therockymountainhalf.com/rocky-mountain-100th-anniversary-virtual-race/

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.

Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show
June 6 - July 27, 2015
Location: Cultural Arts Council Gallery (423 W. Elkhorn Ave.), Estes Park, CO
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.

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 5/22/2015)
Event details are still being updated. Please check back for the most up-to-date information.

2015 Centennial Events
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 Fairgrounds 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. Many pieces from the RMNP Artist-in-Residence collection will exhibited, and several pieces will be available for purchase.
May 30, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jill Baron - "Stories from Loch Vale"
Time:
7:30 pm, doors open at 7pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: As Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its first 100 years, Dr. Baron will address the importance of long-term ecosystem science in understanding the natural dynamics of mountain catchments, the effects of human activities, and how scientific knowledge will be essential to protecting mountain ecosystems for the next 100 years.
May 30-31, 2015 Rocky Mountain Chuckwagon Cook-off
Details:This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for the inconvenience.
June 5, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-8pm
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 meet local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and live music! A percentage of all sales will go to benefit the park. See you there!
June 6, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Technology of Your Ancestors: Primitive Survival Skills
Details: $70. Limited to 14 participants.
Explore how the three innovations of creating fire, a sharp edge, and cordage from plant fibers changed the world forever. Through an overview of the peopling of the Earth, you'll learn how these innovations look in the archaeological record of Colorado. Then you'll create fire, stone, tools, and cordage for yourself! Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.

June 6, 2015
Rocky Mountain Molecules: Chemical Storylines of Wonder
Time:
7:30 pm
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 found 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: 6-8 pm
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 26, 2015 Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show
Time: 10-5 Monday - Saturday, 12-5 Sunday
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 6-14, 2015 The Estes Institute presents Rocky Mountain National Park Student Art Celebration Exhibition
Time:
9am - 5pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center
Details: Celebrate art from students throughout the state of Colorado honoring RMNP's 100th Anniversary. Top entries in each of the categories will be exhibited and winners will be honored at a reception on Saturday.
June 12, 2015 The Oratorio Society of Estes Park presents a RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time:
7pm
Location: Estes Park High School Auditorium (1600 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO)
Details: This concert is devoted to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Two new works have been commissioned: an opening fanfare by noted local composer Jerry Brubaker and a 25-minute cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by St. Louis composer and poet Robert Charles Howard entitled Wilderness Reflections. The text for this piece is comprised of the wonderful words of environmental advocate and poet Wendell Berry. The program will also include the Spring section of Haydn's The Seasons.
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 found 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 Oratorio Society of Estes Park presents a RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time:
2pm
Location: Estes Park High School Auditorium (1600 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO)
Details: This concert is devoted to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Two new works have been commissioned: an opening fanfare by noted local composer Jerry Brubaker and a 25-minute cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by St. Louis composer and poet Robert Charles Howard entitled Wilderness Reflections. The text for this piece is comprised of the wonderful words of environmental advocate and poet Wendell Berry. The program will also include the Spring section of Haydn's The Seasons.
June 13, 2015 Rocky Mountain Molecules: Chemical Storylines of Wonder
Time:
7:30 pm
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 found 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 13-14, 2015

The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series
Location: Town Square Park, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Join us for the Grand Lake Chamber's Arts and Crafts Festivals throughout the summer of 2015! Browse various local and national wares in the scenic beauty of Grand Lake's Town Square Park on Grand Avenue.

June 17, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Art Adventures

Details: $15/child ages 6-9. Limited to 14 participants.
Children will learn about nature through various forms of art. Activities will include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichens, etc) and to express appreciation of nature through sketching, painting, and making collages and sculptures. Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more information or to register.
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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week features performer John Stansfield re-creating the Father of Rocky Mountain National Park, Enos Mills.
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
June 18, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - Iron Thumb: A Fur Trapper's Life in the Mountains
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10/person. Children 5 and under are free.
People from the past come to life in this presentation 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. Iron Thumb is a fictitious character representation of a 19th Century fur trapper in the West. Participants will hear tales of hunting beaver, view what historical figures wore, and see the tools they used to get their job done. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.

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:
7:30 pm
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

Kid's Fun Bicycle Ride at Rocky Mountain National Park
Time: 8am
Location: Moraine Park. Start location will be given out upon making a reservation.
Details: Novice/Intermediate/Youth, Limit 20 riders. Come ride your bike with us! Experience the wonder of Moraine Park! Moraine Park offers a dazzling chance to see wildlife, learn how it has changed, feel the gentle morning breeze, smell the spring air, witness the wonder of yearly regeneration, and hear the birds rejoice the grand entrance of a new season. A natural history presentation will follow the bike ride. You must bring: at least one parent or legal guardian, bikes and helmets for each participant, appropriate clothing, water, snacks, and good dose of FUN! To make reservations, call the Fall River Visitor Center (970-586-1415) after May 23. Limit 6 people per reservation.

June 20, 2015 KIDS, KIDS, KIDS: BIKE, RUN, FUN!
Time:10:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Bond Park, Estes Park, CO
Details: Join in on a day of fun kids day at Bond Park with music, games, educational activities, a fun run, bicycle safety, and a bike race! Shamwari, a youth band from the Kutandara Center in Boulder, Colorado, will perform. The band principally plays Shona music from the African nation of Zimbabwe. In Shona, Shamwari means "friend" and this typifies what both the music and the band are about. It is uplifting, community music that often touches the soul. This should be a fun, family day for all! For more information, visit epmarathon.org/kids-kids-kids/general-info/
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

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join us for a showing of "The Living Dream", a 90 minute film about about the history of Rocky Mountain National Park by Nick Molle Productions.

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 21, 2015 Ride along the Bear Lake Road Corridor
Time: 8am
Location: Bear Lake Road. Start location will be given out upon making reservations.
Details: Novice/Intermediate/Adult, Limit 20 riders. Come ride your bike with us! Experience the wonders of Bear Lake Road: historic structures, wildlife, creeks, valleys, ridges, and magnificent views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker. Feel and smell the gentle breeze, and witness the wonder of yearly regeneration. This ride is mostly gentle slopes with a few areas of challenging climbing. You must bring: bikes and helmets for each participant, appropriate clothing, water, and snacks. To make reservations, call the Fall River Visitor Center (970-586-1415) after May 23. Limit 6 people per reservation.
June 23, 2015

Moraine Park Bicycle Ride at Rocky Mountain National Park
Time: 8am
Location: Moraine Park. Start location to be given out upon making reservations.
Details: Novice/Adult, Limit 20 riders. Come ride your bike with us! Experience the wonder of Moraine Park! Moraine Park offers a dazzling chance to see wildlife, learn how it has changed, feel the gentle morning breeze, smell the spring air, witness the wonder of yearly regeneration, and hear the birds rejoice the grand entrance of a new season. You must bring: bikes and helmets for each participant, appropriate clothing, water, and snacks. To make reservations, call the Fall River Visitor Center (970-586-1415) after May 23. Limit 6 people per reservation.

June 24, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Art Adventures

Details: $15 per child aged 6-9. Limited to 14 participants.
Children will learn about nature through various forms of art. Activities will include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichens, etc) and to express appreciation of nature through sketching, painting, and making collages and sculptures. Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more information or to register.
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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week features aspiring high school photographer Shelby Deutsch.
June 25, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - Isabella Bird
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10/ person. Children 5 and under are free.
People from the past come to life in this presentation 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. Throughout her life, Englishwoman Isabella Bird did something women of her time would rarely consider or be allowed to do - traveled the world by herself. During the 1870s, her journeys brought her to the West to find "the most beautiful place in all of the Americas" - Estes Park. Her delightful tales of travel and adventures which usually included surviving great perils made her a favorite author of travel articles and books. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.

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 different 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:
7:30 pm
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, 2015 Golfing by the Wilderness: A 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament
Location: Grand Lake Golf Course, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Join the Grand Lake Chamber for this signature golf tournament with beautiful views of Rocky Mountain National Park! There will be a welcome party the evening before and an awards party to follow. This tournament will award prizes based on Peoria scoring and best overall score with four man teams. There will also be exciting putting and hole-in-one contests! Entry fees are $400 per team, which includes play, cart fees, lunch, parties, and drink specials.
June 27, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. This weeks features Kirk Klanke speaking on "The Past, Present, and Future of the Colorado Headwaters".

June 27-28, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
100 Years, 100 Flowers: Wildflowers of RMNP

Details: $80/one day, $140/two day, Limited to 14 participants.
Explore the wonder and diversity of the park's wildflowers with a former RMNP Naturalist. The park's vertical topography allows for a variety of habitats; this class will search out lush wildflower displays from montane meadows to high alpine ridges. Get up close with the mountain flora to discover their adaptations for survival and interesting stories behind their beautiful faces. Hone identification techniques and gain confidence using a flower key. Day 1: montane and subalpine flowers. Day 2: alpine wildflowers. For more information or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
June 27-28, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years - THIS CLASS IS FULL
Details:
$140, Limited to 14 participants.
Cover a billion years of park history....in a weekend! Roam the park with Mary Taylor Young, the author of the park's centennial history book, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. Discover traces of park history that lie beneath the surface and off the beaten path. See billion-year-old rocks, a game drive wall used by prehistoric hunters, Apache Fort, site of an early Indian battle, and the location of the 1915 Dedication Ceremony. Discover the "phantom" Big Thompson River park entrance and old entrance road. Explore early ranches, the remnant of a guest lodge, the site of the park's ski area, and a 1930s CCC camp. Witness the changes floods in two different centuries have left on the park. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
June 29, 2015

Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Surviving a Fall on Longs Peak with Nathan Dick

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.

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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week's program features percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator Cory Hills. Cory's ability to translate park stories into music is a program not to be missed!
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 3, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-8pm
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 meet local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and live music! A percentage of all sales will go to benefit the park. See you there!
July 4, 2015 Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder - A Local Art Commemoration
Time:
9am - 4pm
Location: The Old Gallery, 14863 Peak to Peak Highway, Allenspark, CO
Details: This fun event will feature local art and artists. The event will feature art demos, a meet and greet with the artists, refreshments, and free art activities for children. There will also be historical displays, a scavenger hunt, and tours of the newly remodeled Old Gallery. The Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder art show will be displayed for the entire celebration year.
July 4, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. This week features Dave Lively presenting "Sisters of Courage", the inspiring story of the Harbison Sisters and their family and how the Harbison Ranch became part of 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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week's program features with percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator Cory Hills. Cory's ability to translate park stories into music is a program not to be missed!
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 9, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - Enos Mills
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10/person.
People from the past come to life in this presentation 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. For his tireless efforts, Enos Mills (1870-1922) is remembered as the father of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hear the dramatic story of Enos Mills in this first-person narrative evoking a time when grizzlies and wolves still roamed Colorado and a national park was an elusive dream. Visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/ for more details or to register.
July 11, 2015

Trail Ridge Road: Highway to the Sky
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: Estes Park Museum (200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, CO)
Details: Constructed from 1929-1932 and opened to tourists and drivers the following year, Trail Ridge Road earned immediate inclusion among the scenic wonders of the world. The new path through the park followed the ancient trail across Tombstone Ridge and offered visitors breathtaking views and a privileged glance at unique ecosystems. Today, Trail Ridge Road endures as a truly otherworldly place. It is the country's highest continuous paved road, peaking at over twelve thousand feet and running forty-eight miles. Join author Amy Law on a tour across the Continental Divide and through the history of Colorado's famous by-way. Also, what was it like for the workers who built Trail Ridge Road? This program will include a presentation by Allan Northcutt whose father, Curtis, was employed by the Lawler Construction Company on the western half of the project. His father's stories and photographs detail how the road crews felt lucky to have a job on such an historic project during the Great Depression.
Program is free, no reservations required to attend. Visit www.estes.org/museumevents or call 970-577-3762 for more information.

July 11, 2015 Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. What has a bulbous nose, long legs, big ears, wide feet, and headgear that would work as a giant hat rack? A moose, of course! From a human perspective, this ungainly-looking animal invites jokes. Come learn how these magnificent animals live and what to do if you meet one of them face to face. Presented by Kirk Oldham, Terrestrial Biologist for Colorado Dept. of Parks and Wildlife.
July 11, 2015 Centennial Speaker Series: Jim Disney
Time:
7:30pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Jim Disney is a mountaineer and artist that has been visiting 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 theCentennial.Jim will also explore the work of other artists who have been inspired by the Rocky Mountain landscape. Jim will be on hand to sign posters after this talk.
July 11-12, 2015

The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series
Location:
Town Square Park, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Join us for the Grand Lake Chamber's Arts and Crafts Festivals throughout the summer of 2015! Browse various local and national wares in the scenic beauty of Grand Lake's Town Square Park on Grand Avenue.

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 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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week's program features the illustrations and visual arts of Lori Discoe.
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 16, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Living History Tales of the West - F.O. Stanley
Time:
7:30-9:00 pm
Details: $10/person.
People from the past come to life in this presentation 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. F.O. Stanley was a visionary spirit who paved the way for future generations to share his joy of discovery in the Rocky Mountains. He provided financial support and encouragement to Enos Mills in the establishment of RMNP. He is also known for building the Stanley Hotel and bringing elk back to RMNP. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
July 18, 2015 In Celebration of World Listening Day!
The Sounds of Silence - a Celebration of the Ban on Commercial Air Tours Over RMNP
Time:
Natural Sounds Activities 10 - 4pm, Program 1-2pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Plaza and Auditorium
Details: World Listening Day celebrates natural sounds all over the world! From 10-4, come join in on fun activities to help you discover the beauty of natural sound. At 1pm, come hear the story of how, 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 and "Banned the Buzz!"
July 18, 2015 Rocky Mountain Centennial 5K Run
Time: 8:30am race start
Location: Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center, 1130 County Rd 84 W, Allenspark, CO 80510
Details: This family friendly 5K run is not in Rocky Mountain National Park, but highlights the scenery and history of the Wild Basin area. Registration is online until July 17 or in person at 7:30am at the Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center. Start location will be in front of the Lodge. Please park in the Wild Basin Lodge parking lot. The course route will be part trail (on Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center property) and on County Road 84. Awards will be at 9:45am. Post-Race festivities will be held at the Wild Basin Lodge from 8:45-10:30am. Entry fees include race shirt and breakfast. All abilities are welcome! For more information visit http://www.active.com/allenspark-co/running/distance-running-races/rocky-mountain-centennial-5k-run-2015. To register, cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=16441153&int=29-110-1
July 18, 2015 Connecting to Rocky Mountain National Park's Wilderness through Geology
Time: 6:30am - 1pm
Details: This hike, led by local geologist Connor Newman, explores the geological history of the park and how the geology has led to the beautiful landscape we have celebrated for 100 years. This strenuous hike ascends 2,150' to the Andrews Tarn which lies at the base of the Andrews Glacier, one of Rocky Mountain National Park's largest, most active, and most accessible glaciers. Learn about the glacial history of the park and the different rocks that make up the mountains as you hike up to this beautiful spot. For registration information click here.
July 18, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - 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 18-19, 2015

Grand Lake's Historic Buffalo Barbecue Days - Celebrating 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park
Time:
Throughout the day
Location: downtown Grand Lake, CO
Details: Come to beautiful Grand Lake, Colorado for a full weekend of fun with a craft fair, the Buffalo 5K, a pancake breakfast on Saturday, and activities throughout the day! Enjoy live music, a stunning view, refreshments, and, of course, Barbecue! The Buffalo Barbecue parade is Sunday at 1pm down Grand Ave. Visit the calendar on grandlakechamber.com for more details about this great Grand Lake tradition!

July 19, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Native Americans and the Wickiups of Rocky Mountain National Park
Details: $70, Limited to 14 participants.
The first residents of the Rocky Mountains, the highly mobile Ute and Arapaho Indians, built shelters for themselves called "wikiups", conical wooden structures like small tipis. These expedient shelters primarily were sleeping places, rather than full time residences. A number of these fragile features can still be found in RMNP and elsewhere in Colorado. Spend the morning in the classroom learning about wickiups and the people who made them. In the afternoon, the class will go outdoors and build one of their own replica wickiups. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/

July 20, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Enos Mills' Wildlife: Then & Now
Details:
$70, Limited to 14 participants.
Enos Mills was known for many accomplishments, but one of his biggest contributions was his observation of wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region. This seminar will explore the park, looking at the changes the park has faced since Enos's time including: the extirpation of wolves and grizzly bears, the reintroduction of elk and their impact of the past 100 years, and bighorn sheep population declines. Then we'll share the stories of mountain bluebirds, pikas, and other animals that graced the pages of his works, including one of his favorites, the beaver. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/

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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week's program features the illustrations and visual arts of Lori Discoe.
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
July 24, 2015

West Side Story
Time:
7:30 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Enhance your knowledge of the West Side of the park from the beginning. Who was in the Kawuneeche Valley before 1915? How were lives changed after Rocky was established? Did everyone accept the new national park idea? Why wasn't the Kawuneeche Valley part of the United States? How does part of the Colorado River flow the wrong way? Hear how people have played a part in developing Rocky into a land of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder. Join your guide, Dave Lively, as he leads you through the West Side Story of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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 the 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. For more information please email magacnik@gmail.com.
July 25, 2015 Connecting to Rocky Mountain National Park's Wilderness through Geology
Time: 6:30am - 1pm
Details: This hike, led by local geologist Connor Newman, explores the geological history of the park and how the geology has led to the beautiful landscape we have celebrated for 100 years. This strenuous hike ascends 2,150' to the Andrews Tarn which lies at the base of the Andrews Glacier, one of Rocky Mountain National Park's largest, most active, and most accessible glaciers. Learn about the glacial history of the park and the different rocks that make up the mountains as you hike up to this beautiful spot. For registration information click here.
July 25, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

July 25, 2015

Centennial Concert with Brad Fitch
Time: 7pm
Location: Performance Park, Estes Park, CO
Details: This celebratory concert is FREE and open to the public and features music about Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountains. This concert will include a variety of orginal and cover songs with selections from Brad's latest album, "Rocky", which celebrates RMNP's Centennial. Come out and join the fun!

July 27, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial History - THIS CLASS IS FULL
Details: $50, Limited to 14 participants
Beginning with a discussion of the "national park idea" and the strenuous six-year-long campaign to create Rocky Mountain National Park, this seminar will spend the day in the field visiting the sites and places associated with the themes that have shaped the Park's first century: early farming and ranching; the great lodges and resorts; in-holdings and famous summer visitors; the building of Old Fall River Road and Trail Ridge Road; the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Great Depression; and Mission 66. The seminar will also visit many of the historic places in the park with historic photographs to contrast between "then" and "now". For more details or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/
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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week's program features the photography of Ben Panter.
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 different 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 1, 2015

Vacation Races presents the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Location: Estes Park, CO
Details: Register with Vacation Races for this beautiful half marathon in the town of Estes Park. Even though the course is entirely outside the park, the entire run has spectacular views of Longs Peak and the Continental Divide to inspire you. To find out more information or to register visit www.therockymountainhalf.com

August 1, 2015

Wild Light
Time:
7:30 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, RMNP
Details: Join photographer and author Erik Stensland for a journey through Rocky Mountain National Park as he tells stories from his 10 year project of exploring all of Rocky Mountain National Park.

August 1, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. This week features Pierre Glynn of the USGS presenting "A Hundred Years in Nature".

August 1-2, 2015

The Wonder of Local Crafts: A 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park Craft Fair Series
Location: Town Square Park, Grand Lake, CO
Details: Join us for the Grand Lake Chamber's Arts and Crafts Festivals throughout the summer of 2015! Browse various local and national wares in the scenic beauty of Grand Lake's Town Square Park on Grand Avenue.

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. This week will feature the photography of Ben Panter.
August 6, 2015

Centennial Speaker Series: Dr. Patty Limerick
Time: 7pm
Location: History Colorado, Denver, CO
Details: Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. In celebration of RMNP's 100th Anniversary, Dr. Limerick will apply her unique perspective to the celebration of 100 years of history and the implications this history has for the future.

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 6-8, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Photographing the "Small Wonders" of RMNP

Details: $250, Limited to 12 participants.
For the past 100 years, the park has provided majestic mountain vistas, stunning reflective lakes, iconic elk, and myriad wildlife in their natural habitat. The park also offers "small wonders" for its millions of annual visitors. Learn to look for and find and photograph the many, often overlooked, "small wonders" in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more details or to register, visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/

August 7, 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 7, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-8pm
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 meet local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and live music! A percentage of all sales will go to benefit the park. See you there!
August 8, 2015
Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger
Time:
7:30 pm
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

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. This week features Jeromy Huntington presenting Bears, Bears, Bears! Bear sightings are becoming increasingly common in the Colorado River District of Rocky Mountain National Park. Join a district wildlife manager from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to discuss bear biology and learn to be bear aware.

August 10-11, 2015

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Seminar: Centennial Celebration Series
Sketchbook Journaling: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder in Watercolor

Details: $140, Limited to 14 participants.
Toss your sketchbook and some simple tools into your daypack, and explore RMNP! Through guided exercises and free exploration, create a record of personal, authentic interaction. Learn (or sharpen) some basic sketching and observation skills, then go to various locations in the park to put these skills to work. Approaches will include simple sketches with pencil, ink, and colored pencil or watercolor. Guided activities for observing, sketching, and (brief) writing will help participants discover the many ways they interact with their environments. (Beginners are welcome and encouraged!) For more details or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/

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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week features the visual arts of Kristen Gjerdset.
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 13, 2015

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Reception
Time:
TBD
Location: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
Details: Come view the paintings that were created this week by the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Come meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and live music.

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 14 - 16, 2015 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Show and Sale
Time:
Friday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-3
Location: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
Details: Drop by the Stanley Hotel to see and purchase art painted in the "plein air" style just for our Centennial Celebration. Special demonstrations and paint outs will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
August 14, 2015 Kids Centennial Paint Out with Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Time: 9 - 11am, Limited to 15 children age 12-16.
Location: Sprague Lake, RMNP
Details: This special program, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, will provide one on one painting instruction and mentoring for young artists ages 12-16. This program is limited to 15 participants. Participants must register in person at the Fall River Visitor Center on Thursday, August 13 from 9am - 5pm. A $10 registration fee provides painting supplies for participants.
August 15, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. This week features historian Dave Lively presenting "Kawuneeche Valley Heritage".

August 17, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Seminar Series
There's More to This Place than Meets the Eye: 100 Years of Environmental Change in RMNP

Details: $70, Limited to 14 participants.
This course provides an overview of the history of environmental change in the park, emphasizing human-caused change. The course will discuss the history of mining, water engineering, recreational development and tourism, atmospheric inputs of dust and nitrates, wildlife management, and climate change in the context of protecting and restoring natural environments within the park. The objective is to understand how past human activities influence contemporary and options for management of natural resources within the park. For more details or to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/
August 18, 2015 The Civilian Conservation Corps: Legend and Legacy in Rocky Mountain National Park
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: The CCC has a legacy that goes beyond what work projects they performed. What they accomplished in RMNP in the 1930s advanced the development of the park by 20 years. Come find out more about the lasting legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week features the visual arts of Kristen Gjerdset.
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 different 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 22, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. This week features the inspiring music of Grand County's premier Men's Chorus, the Grand Chorale. Come hear this a cappella group sing your old favorites and barbershop quartets, too!

August 24, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers Celebration at the Smith Eslick Cottage Camp
Time:
5:30-9pm, dinner beginning at 5:30, campfire at 7:30
Location: Smith Eslick Cottage Camp, 729 Lake Avenue, Grand Lake, CO
Details: It's a party, and everyone is invited! Delicious chicken dinner, tours of Model Ts, campfire music and stories, and lots of fun! A Model T Club from Buena Vista will campour overnight on August 24th at the Smith Eslick Cottage Camp as they begin their re-enactment of the amazing 1920 Park to Park Trek, and we'll celebration the RMNP Centennial and send them on their adventure with a great community event! There will be other vintage autos with them as well, so bring your own and compare notes. Campfire and entertainment are free, small fee for dinner and beverages. Find out more about their trip on www.vintagetimetravelers.com. For more information about the event, call the Grand Lake Area Historical Society at 970-627-8324.
August 25, 2015 Vintage Time Travelers: Model T Tour of the National Park to Park Highway
Time:
Campfire 5-7pm, Evening Slide Program 8:30pm
Location: Moraine Park Campground, RMNP
Details: Do you wonder what camping was like in the 1920s and 30s? How did people see the national parks? Come out to Loop A in the Moraine Park Campground to experience it for yourselves! The Vintage Time Travelers, a Model T group from Buena Vista, Colorado, will set up a historic car camp with their Model Ts and historic campers as they begin their revisiting of the historic National Park to Park Highway. Come see the historic cars and campers, enjoy free s'mores by the fire, and stick around for an evening campfire slide show by author and historian Lee Whiteley all about this fantastic trip!
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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week features the writing of Ellen Orleans.
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
August 29, 2015

Sisters of Courage
Time:
7:30pm
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 29, 2015

Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
Details: Join a special speaker in the auditorium every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.
This week will feature Robert Canon presenting "Preserving and Restoring Structures in the National Parks".

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 program on Rocky Mountain National Park. Please carpool if you plan to attend.

August 30 - September 5 100 Images for 100 Years Instagram Photography Exhibit
Time:
Daily 9am - 5pm
Location: Fall River Visitor Center
Details: For an entire year, RMNP collected images submitted to Instagram with the #RMNP with the hopes of collecting 100,000 photos for our Centennial Celebration. This exhibit is the culmination of that project, with 100 photos chosen from those that were submitted. Come experience these amazing images taken by photographers just like you.
August 31, 2015 RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Stanley Hotel Concert Hall
Details: The Estes Park Music Festival presents a free public concert in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. It will be performed by the Denver Brass, an elite ensemble recognized throughout the U.S. and the world as one of the premier ensembles of its kind - setting itself apart through its sound, original repertoire, and concert performances. Denver Brass features a musical palate as diverse as the culture of the western US to present a sound experience that makes an impression long past the final chord of the concert, much as RMNP leaves indelible memories in the minds of its many visitors.
August 31, 2015 Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Centennial Celebration Series
History of Stewardship in RMNP
Details: $70, Limited to 14 participants
The landscapes of RMNP have been visited and used by people for thousands of years. Whether it was ancient peoples hunting on the tundra, early settlers homesteading the mountain valleys, ski resorts developing the slopes, or conservation corps workers building camps, each of these uses has affected the landscape and modified the way in which the NPS manages the cultural and natural resources. Explore these areas and the ways in which each of these uses has shaped the philosophy and management plan of the National Park Service in RMNP. For more details and to register visit http://rmconservancy.org/event_cat/centennial-celebration-series/page/2/
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, Artist in Residence participants will represent the past, present, and future of the program. This week features the writing of Ellen Orleans.
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 different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries.
September 3, 2015 West Side Re-Dedication Celebration
Time:
11am - 1pm
Location: Holzwarth Historic Site, RMNP
Details: Come join us for music and fun as we celebrate the next 100 years of Rocky Mountain National Park.
September 4, 2015

Centennial Re-Dedication Ceremony
Time:
11am - 1pm
Location: Glacier Basin Campground, RMNP
Details: Join us for special speakers, music, and family activities as we dedicate Rocky Mountain National Park for the next 100 years. Transportation details to be determined.

September 4, 2015 Wild Inspirations
Time:
5-8pm
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 meet local artists at this event and hear one or more speak briefly about how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and live music! A percentage of all sales will go to benefit the park. See you there!
September 5, 2015 Saturday Night in the Park - Celebrating the Centennial
Time: 7pm
Location: Kawuneeche Visitor Center
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 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 6, 2015

Tombstone Tales
Time:
11am - 5pm
Location: Shuttle from Grand Lake, CO to the Grand Lake Cemetery 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
Location: YMCA of the Rockies
Details: Were you a paid intern or employee of Rocky Mountain National Park? Click here for more details about out Reunion!


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