ESTES PARK – Numerous scientists will be presenting as part of the Centennial Science Behind The Scenery Programs at Rocky Mountain National Park. This series of programs highlights scientific activity and learning in the park. Each week a different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries. The programs will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and are free and open to the public.
This Thursday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. join Ben Lawhon who is the Education Director of Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics. Leave No Trace is the most prevalent minimum-impact visitor education program in use in parks and protected areas in the U.S. The intent of the program is to teach people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
Everyone benefits when we practice Leave No Trace ethics. It is important to share how those practices are effective at reducing impacts. This study examined variables thought to influence future Leave No Trace behavior in park visitors. Results of the study indicate that educational efforts make a difference to minimize impacts.
Next Thursday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. join Jeremy White as he presents Protecting Night Sky Resources in U.S. National Parks and Beyond. Jeremy is a Physical Scientist with the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service. For the last four years, he has been collecting night sky measurements in national parks across the country. The night sky can be one of the most awe-inspiring views we will ever experience. But the night sky and natural darkness are easily damaged and in many places are becoming lost in the glow of artificial lights. Jeremy will be discussing the ongoing research of the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206.