June 29, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Breckenridge Nordic Center
9 Grandview Dr
Breckenridge, CO 80424
$30 / $23 for BCA Members
Come and take a walk in the high elevation plant community. Look closely and consider the following: how do plants thrive while living at this altitude, where it snows during 8 months of the year and the ultraviolet light exposure is 40% more intense than at sea level?  We will observe this alpine environment to learn how to identify and record the life that grows in these mountains. We will explore a range of botanical drawing techniques, using pencil and pen as an attention-rich approach to seeing the resilient life that surrounds us. All art skill levels welcome!
Class time will include a combination of a short guided hike, illustration demonstrations, and time for participants to work independently.  This hike is rated easy for participants already acclimated to the altitude.  It starts at 10,000, is mostly flat with the possibility of needing to cross downed trees and shallow streams.  Please be prepared for several hours outside: wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes, a hat, have layers available, bring a water and a snack.    Expect to hike 1-1.5 miles roundtrip.
Participants must be 15 or older to participate. The cost of the class includes materials.
All classes will be held at the Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve (Meet Outside Breckenridge Nordic Center, 9 Grandview Drive, Breckenridge).  As this class is held off campus, all participants must pre-register. Please note that the first three classes will be held on the upper trails which are only accessible via car.  The last three classes will be held on the lower trails that can be accessed via public transportation.  Please plan accordingly.