ESTES PARK – The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary continues in August. Please see below for events taking place during the first two weeks in August. This is just a snapshot of all the numerous events. Check the park website regularly, www.nps.gov/romo or follow us on social media @Rockynps for updates on 100th Anniversary events and programs. We hope you can join us for one of these fun events!
- August 5: 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 the photography of Ben Panter. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- August 6: Centennial Science Behind the Scenery – This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. This week Glenn Patterson presents Trends In Accumulation and Melt of Seasonal Snow in Rocky Mountain National Park. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- August 6: Centennial Speaker Series: Dr. Patty Limerick – Dr. Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is also a Professor of History. In celebration of RMNP’s 100th Anniversary, Dr. Limerick will apply her unique perspective to the celebration of 100 years of history and the implications this history has for the future. Join us for the 7pm lecture at History Colorado in Denver, Colorado, followed by a dessert reception. This program is free, no tickets required, but seating is limited and first-come, first served so arrive early! Doors open at 6 p.m.
- August 6-8: Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class – Photographing the “Small Wonders” of RMNP – Learn to look for and find and photograph the many, often overlooked, “small wonders” in Rocky Mountain National Park. $250. Limited to 12 participants. Visit www.rmconservancy.org for details.
- August 7: Images of RMNP Gallery presents Happy 100th! – Help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of RMNP. Visit the gallery for music, cake, and great art celebrating our national treasure! 4 to 8 p.m. Images of RMNP Gallery, 203 Park Lane, Estes Park.
- August 7: Wild Inspirations – Art and artists throughout American history have found inspiration in wild places and played important roles in informing the public about the wonders of public lands. Come join local artists and hear how Rocky Mountain National Park inspires their art. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and live music! A percentage of sales will go to benefit the park. 5 to 8 p.m. Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.
- August 8: 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. Who knows – maybe Bob Flame himself will make an appearance. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- August 8: 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. This week features Jeromy Huntington presenting Bears, Bears, Bears! Join a district wildlife manager from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to discuss bear biology and learn to be bear aware.7 p.m. Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
- August 10-11: Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Class – Sketchbook Journaling: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder in Watercolor – Guided activities for observing, sketching, and writing will help participants explore and interact with the park. $140. Limited to 14 participants. Visit www.rmconservancy.org for details.
- August 12: 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 the visual arts of Kristen Gjerdset. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- August 13: Centennial Science Behind the Scenery – This series highlights scientific activity and learning in the park as it relates to the 100th Anniversary. This week Tom Hobbs presents How Many Elk Should There Be? A History Of The Concept Of Carrying Capacity In Rocky Mountain National Park. Each week is a different scientist conducting research in the park will share their experiences and discoveries. 7:30 p.m. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
- August 13: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Show Reception – Come view and purchase paintings inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park, some of which were painted this week in the park. Enjoy refreshments and music as you enjoy these beautiful works of art. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Stanley Hotel, Estes Park.
- August 13: Music of the Mountains: Centennial “After the Show” Cabaret – Join the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater as they perform songs about wilderness, wildlife, and wonder! 10 p.m. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Grand Lake.
- August 14-16: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Show – Drop by the Stanley Hotel from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to see and purchase art painted in the “plein air” style just for our Centennial Celebration. Special demonstrations will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- August 14: Kids Centennial Paint Out with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters This special program, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, will provide one on one instruction and mentoring for young artists ages 12-16. This program is limited to 20 participants. Participants must register in person at the Fall River Visitor Center Monday, August 10 through Thursday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $10 registration fee provides painting supplies for participants.
- August 15: 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. This week features historian Dave Lively presenting “Kawuneeche Valley Heritage.” 7 p.m. Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
There are also special on-going events that celebrate Rocky’s Centennial year.
- People in the Park (through August 30): This special Centennial exhibit at the Loveland Museum and Gallery explores the many ways that artists perceive visitor use of Rocky Mountain National Park, capture the extent of human impact on natural resources and record the positive value of a wilderness experience. Artists in this exhibit have participated in the park as Artists-in-Residence and the work will be on loan from the park’s collection, including painting, photography, video, poetry, and performance.
- Jim Disney: Rocky Mountain Vision (through November 28): Jim Disney is a Loveland resident and avid outdoorsman who spends much of his time in Rocky Mountain National Park. His love for wildlife, the outdoors, and the Colorado mountains are evident in his artwork. This exhibit will feature Jim’s artwork, as well as a lecture/tour/talk by the artist. Loveland Museum and Gallery.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.