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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. 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.
Colorado ranks in the top states for total bird diversity. By searching for specific birds in specific places, this program emphasizes the interplay of geography and habitat and how that determines which birds live where. This will help both new and long-time birders develop their skills, particularly in finding birds on purpose rather than by serendipity and then how to identify them once they are found. From Fort Collins, we take an eco-region approach that reveals the lives of birds, develops the skills necessary for learning about birds and ways people interact with birds. Lectures provide background for field trips that will be both on-site walking and by van to other birding locations.


• From the 5,000-foot base in Fort Collins, explore summer Colorado plains and foothills birds and their habitats including plains species such as Burrowing Owls, Kestrals, and Lark Bunting.
• Locate birds and other wildlife along Trail Ridge road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

• Discover why Colorado ranks among the top 10 states for total bird diversity, a status achieved by its geographic position sprawling across the seam between Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

Program Notes

This program is based in Fort Collins and will feature the birds of the Eastern Colorado Plains, the foothills and canyons of the Rockies. Elevation. Kevin Cook is the Instructor for this program. Daily birding field trips by 12 passenger van to locations including Pawnee Buttes National Grassland, Lory State Park in the Foothills; Cache la Poudre River Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Road Scholar birding programs are conducted in accordance with the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Walking up to one-half mile per day over uneven terrain. Bird viewing is dependent upon ability to walk and the unpredictable presence of birds. Elevations of 3,500-9,000 feet. Program is appropriate for beginning birders and/or those unfamiliar with Northern Colorado bird species.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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