GWS2013: Field trips

 

GWS2013 will feature a varied roster of Field Trips: learning opportunities outside the confines of the host hotel.  All Field Trips take place on Friday, March 15.  Here's the lineup:


 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science / Snowmass Paleontology Collection

Depart hotel: 8:50am

Arrive back at hotel: 1:30pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing, water-resistent boots/outdoor shoes, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $17

Lunch included in trip cost? No

Transportation by: Public bus

 

Take a behind the scenes tour of the paleontology labs, where they are processing a collection of ice age fossils (including mammoth and mastodon) found in 2011 near Snowmass, Colorado.  Participants may also visit the museum's other exhibits.  Cost includes public bus fare, museum entrance fee.

www.dmns.org/science/the-snowmastodon-project

 

 


 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Option 1: Resource Management Challenges

Depart hotel: 8:00am

Arrive back at hotel: 4:30pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing suitable for the mountains, winter boots/outdoor shoes, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $50

Lunch included in trip cost? Yes, box lunch provided

Transportation by: Charter tour bus

 

Head to the mountains with park resource managers for onsite discussion of climate change issues and response, fire and fuels management, air quality issues, elk and vegetation management, pine bark beetles, exotic plants and native plant restoration, and fire risks to cultural resources.  Elevation of activities is 7,000-8,000 feet.

www.nps.gov/romo

 

 


 

 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Option 2: Snowpack Characteristics

Depart hotel: 8:00am

Arrive back at hotel: 4:30pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing suitable for the mountains, winter boots/outdoor shoes suitable for snowshoeing, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $55

Lunch included in trip cost? Yes, box lunch provided

Transportation by: Charter tour bus

 

Snowpack dynamics are a component of many resource management issues. Hydrologist Glenn Patterson will lead a snowshoe trip to the Bear Lake SnoTel station. Demonstrations will include automated snowpack telemetry sensors, snow density samplers, and snow depth probes. Trip involves ~1 mile of snowshoeing at 10,000 ft. elevation. Snowshoes will be provided.

www.nps.gov/romo

 

 


 

 

Morrison-Golden Fossil Area National Natural Landmark / Red Rocks Amphitheater Park

Depart hotel: 10:30am

Arrive back at hotel: 3:30pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing, water-resistent boots/outdoor shoes, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $40

Lunch included in trip cost? Yes, box lunch provided

Transportation by: Charter van or minibus

 

Explore the pre-history of Colorado’s Front Range with staff from the NPS Geologic Resources Division and National Natural Landmarks program. Dinosaur Ridge and the Triceratops Trails are among the most important paleontological sites in the western U.S. with rich deposits of fossil tracks and bones, and interesting geologic features. Also visit Red Rocks Park where large rock outcroppings frame an open air amphitheater with a legendary history of musical performances and work by both the CCC and WPA.  Trip will involve walking 2+ miles on mostly paved trails.

www.dinoridge.org

www.redrocksonline.com/ABOUTUS/HistoryGeology.aspx

 

 


 

 

Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

Depart hotel: 9:00am

Arrive back at hotel: 2:30pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing, water-resistent boots/outdoor shoes, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $10

Lunch included in trip cost? No

Transportation by: Public bus

 

Located in Boulder, CO (about 20 miles northwest of Denver) this is one of the few continuously operating Chautauquas remaining in the U.S. Learn the history of the Chautauqua movement from the early part of the last century. Interpretive program plus time to explore the buildings and grounds. Will involve walking 10 minutes from bus stop to Chautauqua.

www.chautauqua.com

 

 


 

 

Denver Zoo

Depart hotel: 9:00am

Arrive back at hotel: 1:00pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing, water-resistent boots/outdoor shoes, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $15

Lunch included in trip cost? No

Transportation by: Public bus

 

Visit the Denver Zoo's Conservation Biology facilities for a presentation on their partnerships with protected areas around the world. The zoo has engaged in projects on every continent except Antarctica with priority given to endangered and/or focal species and the preservation of fragile or fragmented ecosystems.  Cost includes public bus fare and zoo entrance fee.

www.denverzoo.org/conservation/fieldConservation.html

 

 


 

 

Black American West Museum and Heritage Center

Depart hotel: 9:30am

Arrive back at hotel: 1:00pm

Gear you'll need: Warm all-weather clothing, water-resistent boots/outdoor shoes, water bottle, snacks.

Cost: $14

Lunch included in trip cost? No

Transportation by: Public bus

 

Tour the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center. The diverse collection and exhibits of the museum tell the story of early Blacks and their contributions to the Old West.  Cost includes public bus fare and museum entrance fee.

www.blackamericanwestmuseum.org

 


 

 

Self-Guided Field Trips

You can take these trips anytime it suits you.  Check with us at the Registration Desk for guides and more info.

 

Denver Architectural Tour (walk or public transportation)

Self-guided tour of historic buildings in Denver, from the 1800s (with gold fever) and early 1900s.

 

South Platte River Corridor (bicycle rental or walk)

Self-guided tour of trails and river. Starting in Denver, the trail can be taken all the way to Littleton. Following a 1965 flood, a grassroots effort led to restoration, non-structural solutions to flood control, and creation of a string of parks along the river corridor.