Registration for these events closes on October 20.

Educational Offsite Sessions

Saturday, November 16


Half-Day Sessions


Butterfly Pavilion - CANCELLED

Experience a Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Invertebrates are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we—you and us—stand on the backs of these tiny giants! Come visit the Butterfly Pavilion, the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited, nonprofit invertebrate zoo in the world, and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration, and connection. Explore our interactive exhibits featuring live animal encounters with a staff guide. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of our chrysalis chamber and rearing room where we care for our animals. 

Time: 8:30am–1:30pm 
Cost: $48
Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Minimum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: Light snacks
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes 
Accessible: This experience is wheelchair accessible.
Transportation: Bus ride included. Leave hotel at 8:30am; return 1:30pm
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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Eagle Repository

Spend the Morning with Wildlife and the Afternoon Learning about the Golden Eagle

Start your morning at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge with over 330 species of wildlife featuring bison, bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls, prairie dogs, and migratory birds. As you go through the Visitor Center and live ferret enclosure followed by a driving tour of the Refuge. Then join staff at the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository for a short tour of the facility that houses 1.3 million wildlife items. Learn about wildlife trade and wildlife trafficking, and the role of the repository while exploring wildlife items that have been confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at our ports of entry. You will also learn about the Eagle Repository, which distributes feathers and parts from bald and golden eagles to members of federally recognized tribes.

Time: 8:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $54
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Minimum Number of Participants: 16
Meals: Not included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes 
Accessible: Yes
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:30am; returns to hotel 12:30pm
 
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Plains Conservation Center - CANCELLED

Flora, Fauna, and the Prairie

There is more to the prairie than grass! Take a wagon ride to explore the flora, fauna, and abiotic features that make the prairies such a valuable and diverse ecosystem. Learn the history of Plains Native American tribes on the Colorado prairie from the 1700s and 1800s. Visit a replica sod homestead complete with schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and traditionally sized family homes circa 1887.

Time: 8:15am–1:45pm
Cost: $68
Maximum Number of Participants: 60
Minimum Number of Participants: 25
Meals: Boxed lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes 
Accessible: Yes 
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 1:45pm
 
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Birdwatching and Flood History - FULL

Along the South Platte River

Join Ted Floyd, editor of Birding Magazine and author of several books, to look for migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, and winter avian residents at South Platte Park, a large open space and Important Bird Area within the Metro Area’s beltway. Visit with the interpretive staff of the park for a presentation on the incredible flood history of the area and a conversation on initiatives for interpreting urban nature. Play in the sand of the large flood demonstration table and tour exhibits in the Carson Nature Center. Enjoy a meal before heading back to the hotel.

Time: 8:00am–1:30pm 
Cost: $38
Maximum Number of Participants: 13
Minimum Number of Participants: 7
Meals: Lunch included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Not accessible
Transportation: Van provided. Departs at 8:00am; returns to hotel 1:30pm
 
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History Colorado Center

Learn the Incredible History of Colorado

In this guided tour, learn how History Colorado collaborated with different communities to tell the story of Colorado in engaging ways, and observe some of the out-of-the-box ways History Colorado interprets and shares Colorado history while visiting several exhibits such as Living West, Written on the Land, Colorado Stories, Beer Here!, and Destination Colorado.

Time: 9:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $15
Maximum Number of Participants: 60
Minimum Number of Participants: 5
Meals: Not included
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Accessible: Yes, some city streets may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: None provided. Museum is located .6 miles from hotel
 
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AU and H2O: Denver's Two Kinds of Gold - CANCELLED

Water is as Precious as Gold!

Join this walking tour focusing on water as a unifying factor throughout Denver’s history. Denver’s founding and future are inseparable from the waters of the South Platte River and its largest tributary, Cherry Creek. Gold seekers established a pair of settlements at the streams’ confluence in 1858. These boomtowns merged in 1860 to become Denver. In its first century, Denver grew to 490,000 residents, and expanded economically to become the largest U.S. metropolitan center for 500 miles in any direction. The city’s vitality is limited by its water resources—usually there’s too little, though sometimes there’s too much! Securing adequate quantity and quality of water in the city’s semi-arid high plains ecosystem has led to an urban water system that’s a marvel of engineering. Today, metro Denver supplies drinking water for more than three million people, at the same time cleansing about 200 million gallons per day. Along the tour you will be sampling the water for invertebrates and panning for gold! 

Time: 8:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $20
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
Minimum Number of Participants: 2
Meals: Not included
Suggested Gear: Plan on wearing clothes that can get dirty and wet. Waders will be provided.
Accessible: Yes, this is a two-mile walking tour where some city streets may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: None; guided walking tour starting and ending at Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel
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Walking Tour of Five Points

Rich in African American History 

Follow the footsteps of the people who brought the power of Denver’s African American community to life. Join a guided walking tour through the Five Points Historic Cultural District to learn the stories about the people, places, and ideas the helped shape African American culture and history. This tour will explore the Welton Street corridor and transport you back in time to 1920–1950 when the street was the heart of the African American community in the Rocky Mountain West. Discover the stories of jazz greats, military heroes, and the impressive lists of “firsts” that this thriving and powerful community added to history. This tour will be given by Terri Gentry, who can trace her family’s roots to Five Points and who will share some of her personal memories of the neighborhood.

Time: 10:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $25
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: None
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking tour. 
Accessible: Yes, however some city streets may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: None; long guided walking tour starting and ending at Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel
 
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City of Boulder Open Space and Colorado Chautauqua - CANCELLED

Join Naturalists as You Explore The Area’s Ecology

Join Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) naturalists to explore and experience natural and cultural history of OSMP at historic Chautauqua. Enjoy an introduction to the area’s ecology and history; learn about OSMP’s musical programming while taking in lovely and forested views and a chance to see some of the area’s wildlife. The group will meet at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage for this easy two-mile hike. After the hike, a guide from Chautauqua Association will lead us on an hour-long tour of this national historic landmark.

Time: 8:15am–1:00pm
Cost: $45
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Minimum Number of Participants: 20
Meals: None 
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for hiking.
Accessible: Some areas of hike may be hard to maneuver.
Transportation: Bus provided. Bus departs at 8:15am; returns to hotel 1:00pm 
 
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Molly Brown House Museum and Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House

Calling all historic house buffs! 

Take an in-depth look into Coloradan community dynamics at the turn of the 20th century from the different perspectives of two restored historic homes. Begin with a guided tour of the Molly Brown House Museum to learn about an influential figure in Denver and how the house was saved from demolition in 1970 and restored into a museum. The Molly Brown House also features a new NEH grant–funded exhibit on mining history of Colorado in the home’s renovated basement. 

Next, continue the journey with a guided tour of the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, part of History Colorado’s museum and the first state museum, now restored to the era of 1912–1924. Learn about the different women who inhabited the home since 1883, their impact on early Denver, and how their local stories connect to the broader stories of women’s history worldwide. Byers-Evans also features the “Women/Work/Justice” exhibit, which explores seven Colorado women and communities who not only challenged local and national workplace shifts from 1914 through 1980, but who also drove the change. 

Time: 9:30am–1:30pm
Cost: $26
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Meals: Not included. We will stop at Pablo’s Coffee House for a coffee or pastry to go (self-pay). 
Suggested Gear: Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking. Prepare for being indoors and outdoors, camera (photos are allowed in Molly Brown House without flash; photos are allowed in Byers-Evans); no backpacks in Byers-Evans, but they have free lockers onsite (pack light for the day)
Accessible: Yes, some city streets may be hard to maneuver. Main floor of house and basement at Molly Brown is accessible via lift; Byers-Evans first floor and gallery are accessible.
Transportation: None; 10-minute walk to houses from Sheraton. 
 
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NAI National Conference

Denver Colorado
November 12–16, 2019

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