Centennial celebrations at Rocky Mountain National Park are kicking into high gear the next couple of months with special activities and events including art programs, science lectures and even a golf tournament at Grand Lake. We've compiled a partial listing, but be sure to visit Rocky Mountain National Park online and look for the centennial logo to get the full schedule.
June 24: Centennial Artist in Residence Program Presents: Through an Artist's Eyes – Discover the many ways that nature inspires art in these weekly presentations by one of the park's Artists in Residence. This week features aspiring high-school photographer Shelby Deutsch. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
June 25: Centennial Science Behind the Scenery – 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 his or her experiences and discoveries. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
June 25: Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: Isabella Bird - $10/person. Children 5 and under are free. 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. Come hear her delightful tales of adventure! 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit rmconservancy.org to register.
June 26: Happy 100th! - Celebrate the 100th Anniversary with beautiful photography at the Images of Rocky Mountain National Park Gallery (203 Park Lane, Estes Park). Visit the gallery between 4 and 8 p.m. for music, cake, and great art celebrating our national treasure!
June 26: Bob Flame, Rocky Mountain Ranger – Early in the 1930s, Rocky'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 takes of adventure in a lively presentation by his daughter, Pat Washburn. Who knows –maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance? 7:30pm. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
June 27: Golfing by the Wilderness: A 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament – Join the Grand Lake Chamber for this signature golf tournament at the Grand Lake golf course 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: Saturday Night in the Park –Celebrating the Centennial – Join a special speaker in the auditorium of Kawuneeche Visitor Center every Saturday night to hear a new perspective on the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. 7 p.m. Kawuneeche Visitor Center. ·
June 27-28: Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class: 100 Years, 100 Flowers: Wildflowers of Rocky Mountain National Park - $80/one day, $140/two day. Limited to 14 participants. Explore the wonder and diversity of the park's wildflowers with a former park Naturalist. Day 1: montane and subalpine flowers. Day 2: alpine wildflowers. Visit rmconservancy.org to register.
June 29: Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History - Surviving a Fall on Longs Peak presented by Nathan Dick. For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. Join us at the Estes Park Museum at 7 p.m. for this inspiring speaker.