Volunteer Newsletter-Page 2

Spring 2008

Upcoming Events at RMNP:

2008 Rocky Mountain National Park Research Conference
April 7-9, 2008

When: April 7, 1-4 p.m.,
Topic: Climate Change

April 8, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,
Topics: Cultural Resources & History, Air & Water, Plants & Animals

April 9, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Topics: Plants & Animals, Air & Water, Poster Session, Fire

Where: Estes Park Town Board Room

The conference is free and open to the public. Come for one session or stay all three days.

We have something for everyone...fire, carnivores, cheatgrass, trails, climate change, boreal toads, abandoned mines, elk, birds, mercury, YMCA hiking patterns, wet meadows, the water blitz. Our guests from the Tatras will be presenting too.

For more information or to view a complete schedule go to:

We hope to see you at the conference!

Lyceum Series
Our 2008 Lyceum theme is Learning Lessons: Management Decisions of the Past and Future. As Rocky Mountain National Park’s centennial approaches, we feel it is a good time to look at understanding the past (as we are living in the results of decisions made previously), facing the issues of today, and looking forward to the future. We are interested in how real people make real decisions about real problems in the entire Rocky Mountain Region, as well as in the park. The Lyceum schedule runs thru May 17, 2008. The programs are presented on Saturday nights, from 7-8:00 p.m. at our Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium. All programs are free and open to the public.

National Volunteer Week April 28-May 2

To celebrate National Volunteer Week Rocky Mountain National Park is hosting an all-invited volunteer project!

When: Thursday May 1 at 8:30 a.m. The project will be in the morning followed by lunch (bring your own brown bag lunch, we’ll provide drinks and desserts!)*

Where: Fan Lake (lunch in the Horseshoe Park Picnic Area)

What: Vegetation Restoration There will be something for everyone! We’ll need folks to sign-in volunteers, issue equipment, help with lunch set-up and, of course, folks to get down and dirty (literally) planting and performing the next stage of restoration at Fan Lake.

Who: Anyone interested in celebrating the rewards from volunteering. Recruit your friends, neighbors, relatives, that guy you just met on the street, etc. In other words, everyone (and anyone) is invited.

*in case of inclement weather come to the Volunteer Office for fellowship and treats!

To sign-up or if you need more details contact Kathleen at 970-586-1330 or e-mail.


Orientation for New Volunteers
If you are a new volunteer, or simply want a refresher, please come to VIP Orientation June 10 at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium. We will talk about safety, agreements, the program in general, etc. More details to come.

VIP Appreciation Event-Wednesday, August 6

from Sarah Holdt

We appreciate you and want you to know it! That’s why we’re keeping some long-standing traditions and also making some positive changes to the annual appreciation event. We think you’ll be pleased.

Because it is under construction, we cannot use the high school commons—but we found a great alternative. The Mountain View Bible Fellowship has graciously offered us their multi-use facility, and it is exactly what we need. We will dine together in one big room, there is space for a quick-moving, double buffet line, and you’ll find plenty of parking and easy access to the building. The location is at the corner of Highway 7 and Peak View Drive, so it’s simple to find.

You told us you want a greener event and we agree, so green, we’ll be. We will use the church’s plates, silverware, and cloth table coverings, which means there will be hardly anything to throw away. As in the past, we’ll provide the meat, cake, and beverages and ask that you bring a side dish to share.

The pot luck dinner will be Wednesday, August 6, at 5:00 p.m. We’re very excited about making this year’s VIP appreciation event the best ever—because you’re the best! So save the date of Wednesday, August 6, and plan to share an enjoyable evening of tasty food, fun awards, another entertaining photo show, and good company with fellow VIPs. You will receive a formal invitation with all the details at a later date.

Please let us know if you have ideas about how to make this year’s event your favorite.

West Side:

Liz Campbell, Colorado River District VIP Coordinator, hopes to return to Rocky April 19 to begin preparation for summer 2008. She has been nominated to attend a four-day VIP Management Seminar April 22-25. No confirmation on that until the first week of April.

CRD District Interpretive Ranger Michele Simmons will soon be hiring a Lead Park Ranger whose tour of duty will be May 12 through September 30, 2008. This person will spend approximately 50% of his/her time directing the volunteer interpretive operation at Holzwarth Historic Site. (Harry Canon, who formerly oversaw the Holzwarth operation, has decided to pass on the reins in order to have a little more time to enjoy retirement this summer.) The new employee will assist and eventually take the lead in all facets of the Holzwarth operation. The VIPs will continue to be responsible for spring set-up, fall take-down, tours, and the normal operation of the site. The new employee will also spend about 30% of his/her time co-leading the entire CRD volunteer program. This person will work closely with Liz Campbell as the two chart the course for the sharing of the duties of this position. It’s an exciting time for our VIP program.

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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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