Photograph by Timothy Greenleaf
In addition to being the base camp for the BioBlitz, the Estes Park Fairgrounds, located at 1209 Manford Avenue, is also the home of the 2012 Biodiversity Festival. The festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an additional evening activity on Friday night starting at 7 p.m.
At the festival you can enjoy a full schedule of music, ranger programs, live animal demonstrations, photography workshops, poetry, and talks by leading scientists.
Explore interactive exhibitor booths featuring environmental organizations, wildlife groups, health organizations, and the latest science and technology. Duck inside the night sky tent to learn about light pollution or learn about water quality by looking at bugs! You can also get up close and personal with a variety of live animals.
The whole family will have fun while sneaking in some great learning. Kids of all ages can participate in hands-on activities and earn stamps toward a degree at Biodiversity University!
Discover that biodiversity is everywhere! Look through a microscope to discover life in tiny places, learn how scientists identify plants and animals, and touch some real specimens from the field! Got a burning science question? Get your question answered by scientific experts!
Unleash your inner artist in Art Alley, where kids ages 3 to 103 can express their creativity by making biodiversity related art projects. You can also participate now by creating your own Biodiversity Flag!
In addition to ongoing art activities, plan on doing a painting workshop with Rocky Mountain National Park's youngest ever artist-in-residence and/or sign up to ensure a spot in a Create-a-Creature workshop. Get more information and register now.
A collection of favorite local food vendors will round out a great outing for the whole family.
After Hours at the Festival
Bring a blanket and join us for a fun evening with live music, a presentation by National Geographic photographers, and an outdoor movie! Friday, August 24, 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
See full list of programs (PDF) for details.
All festival events are free and open to all ages. No advanced registration is required. Free parking is available at the fairgrounds.
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