Written by trip leaders Erica, Larson, and Nathalie

Why hang out in a classroom when you can learn about wildlife conservation and climate change in the tundra at 12,000 ft? On Monday, we spent the day exploring the challenges of conserving wildlife and wild places under climate change in Rocky Mountain National Park. While exploring the park, we met with a Park Ranger, learned about the recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks, explored how the distribution of alpine species are changing, observed elk foraging patterns, soaked in the views along Trail Ridge Road, and practiced some photo skills while looking at Longs Peak!

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Here’s what some members of our awesome group have to say:

“It was really admirable that there is an appreciation for all forms of life in Rocky Mountain National Park. From the smallest wildflower to the grandest pine tree.” – Charlotte B.

“It was interesting to learn about the role of climate warming on invasive species and the mountain pine beetle in Rocky Mountain National Park.”- Jake K. and Acadia H.

“The issue of the mountain pine beetle raises a lot of ethical and scientific questions that all generations need to think about.” – F. Romero