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Events

The Estes Park Museum and the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. host several educational events throughout the year. Subscribe to receive e-announcements for upcoming events.

 

Tours of the Museum and the Historic Fall River Hydroplant may be arranged for groups of 10 people or more. Contact the Curator of Education for more information. All programs take place at the Estes Park Museum unless noted otherwise.

 
Downtown History Walking Tours take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 - 10 a.m. through August 29. Meet at the northeast corner of Bond Park near the Enos Mills sculpture in downtown Estes Park. Cost is $8 per person and payable by cash, credit or check. First come, first served. Limit about 12 people. Questions? Call 970-577-3762.
 

Wednesday,

 

August 20

from

 

5:30 - 7 p.m

Two Wheelin' History Tour
 

Roll into the Estes Park Museum for a tour of significant sites where pioneers, settlers and adventurers made history in the Estes valley. Space is limited to the first 15 people. Identical rides will take place on Wednesdays throughout August. The bicycle ride is approximately 6.5 miles round-trip. Cyclists must bring a bicycle, helmet and water, wear comfortable cycling attire and be prepared to ride their bike for over an hour with some hills. The group will take breaks along the tour. Cost is $8 payable by cash or check the day of the tour. For more information about tours contact the Curator of Education at 970-577-3762.

 

Wednesday,
 
August 27
from
 
5:30 - 7 p.m
Two Wheelin' History Tour
 

Roll into the Estes Park Museum for a tour of significant sites where pioneers, settlers and adventurers made history in the Estes valley. Space is limited to the first 15 people. The bicycle ride is approximately 6.5 miles round-trip. Cyclists must bring a bicycle, helmet and water, wear comfortable cycling attire and be prepared to ride their bike for over an hour with some hills. The group will take breaks along the tour. Cost is $8 payable by cash or check the day of the tour. For more information about tours contact the Curator of Education at 970-577-3762.

 

Thursday,
 
August 28
from
 
7 - 8 p.m.

 
Transformation in Rocky Mountain National Park: The Effects of Climate Change and Human Intervention

 

Program at the Estes Park Museum

 

In this body of research by Estes Park author Thomas Gootz, the book first considers the impact that the presence of humans, since pre-historic times to the present, has had on the flora and fauna of the area now encompassed by the National Park and the effects on the Park's fragile ecosystems caused by recent changes in the climate.  The author reviews the latest research studies by governmental and independent research agencies and suggests some steps that might be taken to lessen environmental damage and improve prospects for preserving the regions indigenous plants and animals. Free admission, no registration required. Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.

 

 
Monday,
 
September 8
from
 
1 - 2 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum

Rocky Mountain Elk: A History

 

While so prominent in the area today, elk were said to have been extirpated from the Estes valley by 1880 only to be reintroduced in 1913 and again in 1915. Join Director and Curator of Exhibits Derek Fortini as he explores the history of elk in Estes Park. Free admission, no registration required.

 

Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park. Museum staff will aim to include the community in their local history findings once a month. Discussions will be on-site at the Museum or participants may assemble at the Museum and then embark by foot, bike or caravan to other location(s) in the Estes valley. Get involved with the Museum staff’s topic of choice by participating in Meet Me @ the Museum events on the first Monday of every month.

 

 
Wednesday,
 
September 10
from
 
7 - 8 p.m.
 
Transformation in Rocky Mountain National Park: The Effects of Climate Change and Human Intervention

 

Program at the Baldpate Inn

 

In this body of research by Estes Park author Thomas Gootz, the book first considers the impact that the presence of humans, since pre-historic times to the present, has had on the flora and fauna of the area now encompassed by the National Park and the effects on the Park's fragile ecosystems caused by recent changes in the climate.  The author reviews the latest research studies by governmental and independent research agencies and suggests some steps that might be taken to lessen environmental damage and improve prospects for preserving the regions indigenous plants and animals.

 

 
Friday,
 
September 26
from
 
6 - 8 p.m.
Climb On! Exhibit Opening

In Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary

On exhibit September 26, 2014 - October 4, 2015

 

Experience the vertical side of Estes Park, home to some of the nation’s most spectacular rock climbing. Granite boulders, sub-alpine crags, and high mountain walls make the Estes valley and surrounding high peaks a world class training ground for elite and amateur climbers alike. Learn about ascending rocky terrain and how individuals pioneered local routes that pushed the limits of gravity. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission, no registration required.

 
Saturday,
 
October 4
from
 
3 - 4 p.m.
The Playground Trail: The National Park-to-Park Highway

In Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary

 

 

Following World War I, Americans were ready to “See America First.” The slogan was used by the newly-created National Park Service to promote automobile travel to the National Parks of the West. The National Park-to-Park Highway Association, headquartered in Denver, promoted a 5,500-mile-long “auto trail” to and through 12 National Parks.

 

A dedication tour along the highway was held in 1920. Sponsored by the National Park Service and AAA, the media event spotlighted the beauty of the parks plus the pleasures and pitfalls of driving an automobile to and through the nation’s “playgrounds.” This fully-illustrated program will transport the audience along the National Park-to-Park Highway as it was experienced during the 1920 tour.  Cost is $3 for Museum Friends members or children, $5 for non-museum members, no registration required.

 

Monday,
 
October 6
from
 
1 - 2 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum
Topic TBA
 
 

Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park. Museum staff will aim to include the community in their local history findings once a month. Discussions will be on-site at the Museum or participants may assemble at the Museum and then embark by foot, bike or caravan to other location(s) in the Estes valley. Get involved with the Museum staff’s topic of choice by participating in Meet Me @ the Museum events on the first Monday of every month.

 

Thursday,
 
October 9
from
 
 7 - 8 p.m.
The Geology of Estes Park Rock Climbing: A Thrill More Than One Million Years in the Making

In Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary

 

The soaring granite walls of Lumpy Ridge and the area’s alpine peaks are a rock climber’s paradise. The Diamond face on Longs Peak is a world-famous crucible for alpine rock climbing. Visitors from across the country and around the world converge on Estes Park to enjoy the classic climbing routes on Hallett Peak, Petit Grepon, Twin Owls, The Book, and many other peaks and walls. So why is Estes Park a rock climbing mecca? It all comes down to the area’s geology. Join us for a journey through Estes Park’s geological history, during which we will explore questions such as: Why is there so much granite here? How did that rock come to form such soaring walls?  What made the granite split to form the area’s famous climbing cracks? And how does our climbing impact the environment?  Free admission, no registration required.

 

Monday,
 
November 3
from
 
1 - 2 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Me @ The Museum
Vintage Souvenirs of Rocky Mountain National Park
 
 
 

See unique mementos and keepsakes once collected by visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park. Now housed at the Estes Park Museum, these keepsakes were once purchased as a reminder of a special visit.  Curator of Education Alicia Mittelman will discuss how they represent bigger themes about nostalgia, art, and collecting with items produced over the span of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100 years as a national treasure. Free admission, no registration required.

 

Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park. Museum staff will aim to include the community in their local history findings once a month. Discussions will be on-site at the Museum or participants may assemble at the Museum and then embark by foot, bike or caravan to other location(s) in the Estes valley. Get involved with the Museum staff’s topic of choice by participating in Meet Me @ the Museum events on the first Monday of every month.

 

Saturday,
 
November 8
from
 
3 - 4 p.m.
Whooo's Up There?

In Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary

 

Children ages 5 – 12 will learn about owls of Estes Park, the live ones and the famous rock formation (“Twin Owls”) easily seen from the Museum. Following an illustrated discussion of these fascinating birds of prey, participants will paint a ceramic owl to take home with them. Cost is $6 per child, free admission as chaperone. Registration encouraged at 970-577-3762 or amittelman@estes.org to sign up. Scholarships are available.