Rocky Mountain N.P.

Learn connections between ‘most unlikely corners of life’ in Rocky Mountain National Park

DSCN0305 (Medium)ESTES PARK – Join the Rocky Mountain Conservancy for an afternoon class that explores the interconnectedness of a variety of subjects. From 1-5 p.m. on June 26, July 8 and Aug. 12, join acclaimed instructor Kevin Cook on a journey through the living connections of Rocky Mountain National Park. The three dates address three different subjects; the June 26 seminar will delve into the relationship between Chickweed and the Goshawk. On July 8, discover how glaciers have impacted the Bluebirds we see today, and on Aug. 12, explore the connections between the mighty bighorn sheep all the way to the snail. Join us for one date, or all three, the learning opportunities are endless.

The Connections: Real Stories of Life Interacting with Life will begin at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute Building with a class introduction by Cook. This will include the background information on the specific topic, an explanation about defining attributes, and the exciting path from one subject to the other. The class will then depart for an adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park to explore and learn about subjects such as mutualism, geologic processes, and predator-prey relationships with the guidance of Cook. Participants will be viewing various living components while in the field, including distant elements by utilizing binoculars and smaller living parts by using magnifying glasses. This exploration will include short distance walks on primary level terrain in the park, allowing for the best facilitation of student learning, and the educational experience of a lifetime.

Instructor Kevin Cook is an experienced naturalist and has studied all major life groups, discovering hidden connections between seemingly unrelated species along the way. Cook has been exploring Colorado’s wildlife for over 40 years and developed an appreciation and enthusiasm for how intricate the world can be.

If interested in learning about the connections between the various pieces that make up Rocky Mountain National Park, or want more information about other classes that are offered, contact the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute at 970-586-3262 or visit

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