Shadowcliff Opens for the Season on Memorial Day. Now Taking Reservations!
  • by kathy
  • · June 3, 2013

Inter-Generational Educational Eco Family Vacation at Shadowcliff in Partnership with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association 




JUNE 21–26, 2014

sc eco vacation 2014 postcard with discountA fun filled eco-vacation designed as an intergenerational opportunity to learn and play together with the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park, the town and waters of Grand Lake and the fifty year history of Shadowcliff Lodge. Leaders include professional educators, park rangers, naturalists and experienced retreat coordinators who love sharing this beautiful natural setting with others. Program geared to age 7 through elders with hikes of no more than 2 miles.

Costs: All-inclusive meals, 5 nights lodging and activities (except optional ones) for $ 1500 for the first three people in a room. Special Early Bird registration of $1350 by February 1, 2014. Each additional person in a room $300.

Contact: or 970-627-9220


Saturday June 21, 2014

3:00-5:00 Check-in and registration

5:00-6:00 Informal reception and introductions

6:00-7:00 Evening meal

7:15-8:15 Eco Get acquainted Game

Sunday June 22, 2014

7:30-8:30 Breakfast buffet

9:00-10:00 When A Butterfly Sneezes (exploring connections game)

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:30 From Tree to Tree –learning from the green giants

12:00-1:00 Lunch

2:00-4:00 Hike with Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger

6:00-7:00 Evening Meal

7:30-9:00 Astronomy 101 (inside and outside) Sam Crane, Seasonal Ranger Rocky Mountain National Park

10:00 Quiet Time

Monday June 23, 2014

7:30-8:30 Breakfast buffet

9:00-10:00 Doc Wild’s Unhuggables—Dennis Olson, naturalist (Critterman)

10:00-10:15 Break

10: 15-11 :30 Doc Wild’s Antler’s Antics-deer, elk and moose- Dennis Olson

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Being a Nature Detective-Dennis Olson

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:15 Bowling Tournament (optional) Non-bowlers Movie on site

10:00 Quiet Time

Tuesday June 24, 2014

7:00 As A Crow Flies ( an interpretive bird hike) – Jeff Maugans. Interpretive Naturalist

9:00-10:00 Breakfast Buffet

11:00-12:15 Boat Tour on Grand Lake (Headwaters of the Colorado)-Jane Tollett, Guide, Executive Director of Grand County water Information Network

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:45-3:30 Jeff Maugans ?????

3:30-6:00 Free time (opportunities include hikes, Alpine Water Slide, Hot Sulphur Springs, go-carts,

kayaks, Canoes, horseback rides and more

6:00-7:00 Evening Meal

7:00- 9:00 Spirit of the Rockies –Rocky Mountain National Park movie (on site)

10:00 Quiet Time

Wednesday June 25, 2014

7:30-8:00 Breakfast Buffet

8:30-11:00 Fly Fishing Lessons for adults and youth- Stefan Lee, Instructor, gear provided by JAX Gear, Fort Collins

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:15- 3:30 Making Earth Flags-a tie dye experience

6:00-7:00 Evening Meal

7:15-8:30 Campfire Songs and S’mores

10:00 Quiet Time

Thursday June 26, 2014

7:30-8:30 Breakfast Buffet

8:45-10:00 Closing

11:00 Check-out


Rocky Mountain Nature Association

RMNA is a not for profit association that has provided exciting, in depth educational field-based learning experiences in Rocky Mountain National Park for more than 51 years!. RMNA is proud to partner with Shadowcliff in offering a great intergenerational eco-vacation in our great national park.

Dennis Olson, Biologist and Geologist

Dennis Olson’s formal training as a biologist and geologist, as well as teaching nature for over 20 years in the north woods and mountain west, has given him expertise in many disciplines. Denny has trained thousands of naturalists, teachers and students in acting and storytelling techniques, designed practical instructional evaluations, lectured on Native American storytelling as a teaching tool, and conducted workshops nation-wide. He has performed his humorous alter-egos (Doc Wild’s Unhuggables, Wolfman, The Grizz, Dr. Death, Prof. Avian Guano, Dr. Loonacy, The Lost Voyageur, The Mad Herbalist) over 3000 times in 49 states for over 2 million people. Included in these totals are over 80 conference keynotes, 50+ national park presentations, and 30+ universities.

Jeff Maugams, Interpretive Naturalist.

Jeff worked as an interpretive naturalist for the National Park Service from 1977 to 2009 with a special interest in birds. He has a degree in outdoor education and natural science from Pennsylvania State University. Jeff started in RMNP in 1990, and has also worked in mammoth Cave National Park, Hatteras National Seashore, Edison National Historic Site, Gateway National Park, Redwood National Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

 Sam Crane, Seasonal Park Ranger, RMNP. High School Science Teacher

Sam has been teaching science in Colorado for more than 24 years and has been a seasonal park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park for even more years!. Sam teaches astronomy one night each week in Rocky Mountain National Park which has become one of the most well known and well attended ranger led interpretive sessions in RMNP. Sam has a bachelor of science from SUNY College Of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Masters of Science from Mississippi State University (geoscience).

Robert J. “Bob” Mann, Shadowcliff Associates Sustainability Consultant and Trainer

Bob practiced law for twenty-five years, founded Bridging The Gap, Inc., the mid-west’s largest environmental education organization in Kansas City and with his wife served as Co-director of Shadowcliff from 2001-2012. Bob has facilitated more than fifty environmental and planning workshops including participants of all ages and levels of experience .Bob brings people together and helps all of us see the importance of the natural world in our daily lives.

Judith Christy, Compassionate Kitche

Judith F. Christy As a former co-director, Judith brings a wealth of Shadowcliff history and expertise to the Board and staff. She has played a key role in developing Shadowcliff’s food philosophy and Compassionate Kitchen and continues to provide guidance in many Shadowcliff operational issues. Judith is a Master Gardener who created Kansas City’s Children’s Gardening Museum with Greater Kansas City Community Gardens. She brings her gentle love and knowledge of fauna and flower to this workshop experience.

Stefan Lee, Fly Fishing

Stefan is our fly fishing guide from Fort Collins, Colorado. He works with Jax Outdoor Gear, naturally in the fishing department and has led fishing trips in the mountains and has a special interest in teaching young people as he has an 8 year old who follows in his Dad’s foot steps. Jax is providing most of the fishing equipment we will be using in the fishing experience.

Jane Tollett, Grand County Water Information Network

Jane is the Executive Director of Grand County Water Information Network, a not for profit organization whose mission is to provide accurate and current information on water quality and issues related to Grand County’s watersheds. Jane spent many years as an engineer and brings both knowledge and passion to her work for water conservation and quality