RMNP-logoPrograms to Celebrate the Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park

River Water
Sunday, August 9, 11:30 am – 2 pm
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

FEE: $25 per family
(family members should be 6 and older)
Jeart-J-Center-logoHistory of the RMNP Artist-in-Residence Program, presented by coordinator Jean Muenchrath
5:15 – 6 pm

This collaborative class between the Loveland Museum/Gallery and Heart J. Center for Experiential Learning at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch will bring families together in a unique art-making experience. Families will sit along the river trail at Sylvan Dale and listen to and look at the environment. Instructor Trish Murtha will use word prompts to get families to feel the wind, air, water, and grasses and have participants write prose and create art based on their experiences.

Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic along the river before class begins. Families will need to provide their own transportation.


A Beautiful Plant and More!
Stories of the Flora of Rocky Mountain National Park
Talk with Kathy Keeler
Thursday, August 13, 6 pm
Loveland Museum

There are thousands of species of plants in Rocky Mountain National Park, but some have their own quirky stories and folklore. Kathy Keeler, a retired Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, enriches and entertains with curious tales of the plant world. Author of A Wandering Botanist blog and more than 50 technical publications on plants and ecology, Kathy will guide us through some of the ecology, biology and fascinating stories of these Rocky Mountain plants.


Rocky Mountain National Park
Artist-in-Residence Presentation
Thursday, August 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Presented by Roger Wolfe, Veronica Patterson and James Disney
Loveland Museum

Take a journey through the Colorado Rockies with a variety of visual and performing artists who share their love of the high country via Roger Wolfe’s beautiful video, Rocky Mountain Reflections. Between video excerpts, experience the park in a different light with stories, poems and discussion from artists who explored the park by different means: videography/photography (Wolfe), literature/poetry (Patterson), and painting (Disney).

Rocky Mountain Reflections was written and filmed by Emmy award-winning producer Roger Wolfe, who has spent more than 25 years exploring the hidden valleys and soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Wolfe spent more than 35 years as a television news reporter and for more than two decades was the Northern Newsroom Reporter for 9News.

Veronica Patterson received Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts in 1984 and 1997 and has had residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Hedgebrook, and Rocky Mountain National Park. She is a graduate of Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.

James Disney has been a professional artist since 1963 and his work has been shown in numerous galleries, museums and exhibitions throughout the United States. He has twice served as the Artist in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. A native Coloradoan and avid mountaineer, his love of the mountains and wilderness began in early childhood and continues today.