ESTES PARK – The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary continues as we head into March. Spring into celebrating with us by attending these fun events:
· March 5: One Park, Many Perspectives: An Exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park at its Centenary
Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder in the fields of history, geological sciences, environmental studies and linguistics, as well as representatives from the university’s libraries will speak as panelists about how their research relates to the history, environment, and ecology of Rocky Mountain National Park, while also highlighting related library collections and services. Reception will begin at 4 p.m. with the event following from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Norlin Library, University of Colorado, Boulder.
· March 6-8: 4th Annual Grand Lake Catch and Release Ice Fishing Contest
Come try your hand at ice fishing in a beautiful setting and learn about the fisheries that Rocky and Grand Lake share. To celebrate the Centennial, there will be a $100 prize for the100th fish caught!
· March 7: Centennial Saturday Night
Join us for a series of fun Saturday Night family ranger programs at 7p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center celebrating various aspects of the park’s wilderness, wildlife, and wonder. This week, visit the park’s heroic past with Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger.
· March 14: Centennial Saturday Night
This week’s program at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 7:00 p.m. is Call of the Coyote, featuring a discussion of one of North America’s most divisive wild animals and how living with wildlife will change in the next 100 years.
· March 21: Centennial Saturday Night
This week’s program at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 7:00 p.m., delves into discussion about the park’s most popular resident, the elk. Join a ranger to take a look at the past, present, and future of elk management.
· March 24: Centennial Speaker Series – John Fielder
John Fielder camped 50 nights in the park during the summers of 1993 and 1994. With a special park permit he photographed almost every alpine lake at sunset and sunrise. He explored 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 and dramatic of his life exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. This talk will be hosted at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tickets: $12/members, $15/non-members. Visit http://www.dmns.org for tickets and further information.
· March 28: Centennial Saturday Night
This week’s program at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 7:00 p.m., is Keepers of This Treasure: Inspirational Ranger Stories, featuring fascinating personal stories from the rangers that have spent their lives protecting Rocky Mountain National Park and its visitors.
· March 30: Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History Training in Rocky Mountain National Park presented by Harry Kent.
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. This presentation is at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum. It will highlight the training that Harry Kent and his partner Keith Lober did in preparation for their daunting winter ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1982!
For more details on these events, pay a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park’s 2015 Centennial Calendar of Events on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/romo look for the Centennial logo.
Check the park website regularly or follow us on social media @Rockynps for updates on 100th Anniversary events and programs! For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.