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Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial continues

Staff Report

The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary continues in August. The list below is just a snapshot of all the events, so heck the park website regularly, http://www.nps.gov/romo or follow us on social media @Rockynps for updates on 100th Anniversary.

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 http://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.

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.

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 http://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.

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.

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 Aug. 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 Nov.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 call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.


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