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ESTES PARK, COLORADO

Restoring Native Forests and Plants: Service Learning in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Program #21043RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Comprised of more than 265,000 acres, Rocky Mountain National Park has the distinction of being named both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve — but it takes work to maintain the park’s ecosystems and natural integrity. Help National Park Rangers in their efforts to protect and restore native plant life and ecosystems as you aid in the tasks of exotic plant removal, the repairing of erosion damage, seed collection and the restoration of pine forests and alpine landscapes.


Highlights

• Improve your plant identification skills as you collect seeds from native plants, a project that helps the park’s greenhouses in future planting of disturbed areas.
• Help in the final stage of ecological restoration of pine forests along Bear Lake Road, and work to remove invasive plant species.
• Join an expert park staff member for a natural history exploration of Trail Ridge Road, a modern engineering marvel that crosses the Continental Divide.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Walking and hiking over uneven terrain. Work frequently requires kneeling, lifting, bending, standing and digging for long periods of time. Elevations of 7,500-12,000 feet.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.


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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences

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