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PINGREE PARK, COLORADO

Astronomy in the Rocky Mountains

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Program #4668RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Walking, hiking will experience elevations from 9,000 to 10,500 feet.

Itinerary for Jul 22 — Jul 28, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.

Contact info:
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu

Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Pingree Park for rates
Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, July 22 - Welcome and Introductions
Note: July 22 Astronomy Program is being held at same time as Program 4821 Birding in the Rocky Mountains if friends or couples want to attend and split programs but lodge together.

Afternoon: Arrival/check in by 4 p.m. Orientation and tour of campus before dinner

Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall at 6 p.m.

Evening: Introductions and program orientation by Instructor: This Program date will feature Star & Galaxy Themes. Nightly viewing for 5 nights with emphasis on the stellar cosmos! Daytime, discuss the large number of planets and stellar systems the amazing Kepler spacecraft has discovered. Systems with up to 6 planets orbiting their star somewhat similar to our solar system have now been revealed and we are trying to understand the complexities discovered. We'll even look at a planet that orbits 2 stars, the first of its kind to be discovered. We'll see how the technology now enables scientists to see if there is cloud cover on some of the planets. We'll look at a new explanation for short gamma ray bursts that include neutron star collisions. We'll consider the fate and consequences of a cloud of gas that appears to be nearing the Black Hole at the core of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Lodging: Pingree Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.

Contact info:
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu

Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Pingree Park for rates
Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, July 23 - Tools of the Trade/Stargazing
Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Morning: Group photo, Learn about telescopes, Planispheres, and Star Maps to be used, view sunspots

Lunch: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Lecture on week's theme (see Day One) free time late afternoon for optional "Go To" Telescope or individual pursuits

Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Stellar viewing by naked eye and telescopes, planispheres

Lodging: Pingree Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.

Contact info:
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu

Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Pingree Park for rates
Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, July 24 - Class and Hike/Stargazing
Breakfast: Early morning stargazing before dawn. Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Morning: Lecture on week's theme (see Day One); late morning,easy hike to Denny's Point and Twin Lakes

Lunch: Picnic bag lunch, pick up at breakfast

Afternoon: Continue hike, return by mid-afternoon

Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Stellar viewing by naked eye and telescopes, planispheres

Lodging: Pingree Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.

Contact info:
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu

Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Pingree Park for rates
Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, July 25 - Class/Stargazing
Breakfast: Early morning stargazing before dawn. Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Morning: Lecture on week's theme (see Day One)

Lunch: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Lecture on week's theme (see Day One)

Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Stellar viewing by naked eye and telescopes, planispheres

Lodging: Pingree Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.

Contact info:
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu

Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Pingree Park for rates
Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, July 26 - Class and Hike/Stargazing
Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Morning: Lecture on week's theme (see Day One); late morning,easy hike to Cirque Meadows

Lunch: Picnic bag lunch, pick up at breakfast

Afternoon: Continue hike, return by mid-afternoon

Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Stellar viewing by naked eye and telescopes, planispheres

Lodging: Pingree Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.

Contact info:
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu

Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Pingree Park for rates
Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, July 27 - Class/Reception
Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Morning: Lecture on week's theme (see Day One); review week's observations and discoveries

Lunch: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Final lecture, Reception and Celebration

Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Free time for packing, farewells, reflection and relaxation. (In case of inclement weather earlier in the week, back-up night for star gazing)

Lodging: Pingree Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Monday, July 28 - Departure after Breakfast
Depart From: Independent departures after breakfast

Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Pingree Park, CO
Colorado Visitor & Convention BureauPhone: 800-265-6723
Discovery Center Science Museum703 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO Phone: 970-472-3990
For additional information, visit: www.dcsm.org
Fort Collins Visitors BureauPhone: 970-482-5821

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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16 Expert-led lectures
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