2017 Annual Meeting Tours

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Annual Meeting Kick Off: Denver Museum of Nature and Science
hosted by NACD Auxiliary

DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2017
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Denver Museum of Nature and Science
COST: $125.00

Please join us for a memorable evening at the natural resource based Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We will enjoy delicious Denver fare; watch the National Geographic’s film Extreme Weather in IMAX; and stroll through the Gems and Minerals exhibit. There will be time for visiting and renewing friendships with our NACD family and friends. The evening is all inclusive, including transportation, dinner, admission, and our signature treat.

Dinner Menu:
To start: Ranch salad, biscuits, and butter
Entrees: Buttermilk fried chicken, and barbecue beef brisket
Sides: Loaded baked potato smash, wild rice pilaf, steamed green beans, honey glazed carrots
Desserts: Warm apple pie with ice cream or chocolate cake with ice cream

Lariat Loop Tour
hosted by NACD Auxiliary

DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TIME: 11:10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Lariat Loop Tour, Golden, Colorado: shopping and lunch, Buffalo Bill Museum and burial site, and Red Rock Canyon.
COST: $55.00

Beside the narrow mountain canyons and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and Eastern Plains, the national scenic byway Lariat Loop is packed with natural cultural and historic attractions. We will drive to Golden, Colorado, where the West lives. We’ll have lunch at Blue Canyon Grill and time for a little look in the shops. We’ll then head to the grave and museum of Buffalo Bill. We’ll be reminded of the  history of the Old West, see Native American artifacts, Western art, and firearms, and smell the pines overlooking the mountains from the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Lastly we will stop to see the Red Rocks amphitheater, a naturally formed, world famous outdoor venue. The red rocks are awe-inspiring and relaxing.

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a jacket. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

3-M Tour
hosted by NACD Auxiliary

DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
COST: $66.00

We’ve got a wonderful day planned for you to see some of the highlights of the Denver area. Come along as we take an up-close look at the home of the 2016 Superbowl Champions Denver Broncos’ stadium with one of their professional tour guides.

Lunch will be provided at Wynkoop brewery, the first brewpub and largest pool hall in Denver. Then, off to visit the historical home of the unsinkable Molly Brown, the heroine who helped load the lifeboats on the Titanic and became an activist for children and workers.

To finish our day we will stop and see where our coins are produced for the American public at the U.S. Mint. You can stop by the gift shop to pick up unique memorabilia. Please wear comfortable walking shoes (plan on walking at least a half mile) and note that you cannot take anything larger than a wallet in the U.S. Mint, so leave purses, bags, etc. behind so you don’t have to leave them on the bus. Water and snacks will be provided.

Permissible Items for the U.S. Mint:
-A palm sized wallet that will fit in your pocket
-Camera or cell phone (must be turned off before entering building)
-Medical items necessary for the safety and well-being of visitors

***Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 3-M Tour may not include a stop at the Denver Mint. If necessary, in its place will be a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank in Denver. At the Federal Reserve Bank, visitors will get an up-close look at currency dating back to 1775, discover the differences between state and national banknotes, and even see a $100,000 bill. Just imagine what $30,000,000 looks like! Best yet, every participant will receive a bag of shredded currency on their way out.

To visit the Federal Reserve Bank in Denver, tour goers must bring a valid photo ID. Visitors are welcome to take photos.***

Colorado: The Headwaters State

DATE: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
TIME: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
COST: $45.00

Of the 158 named rivers that flow through the State of Colorado, all but two have their headwaters within our state. Although there are about 17 major rivers that have their start in the mountains of Colorado, the headwaters of the Arkansas, South Platte, Rio Grande, and Colorado Rivers are the life blood of our watersheds, agriculture, wildlife, recreation, hydro-power, and municipal water supplies, both statewide and nationally.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, for a special afternoon tour that will include a bus ride to the Continental Divide atop the Rocky Mountains on the summit of Berthoud Pass (11,307 feet in elevation). You will be able to see on both sides of the divide: the western side that eventually drains to the Pacific Ocean and the eastern side that reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Informative speakers will explain about the importance of the amount of annual snow that falls here, how it affects at least eighteen other states, and how much of our country is dependent on this annual moisture.

You will learn about Colorado’s many Trans-Mountain Diversions–pipelines that move the state’s water from the western slope to the eastern front range of Colorado; Western states’ water laws; private property water rights; and information on the different and complex river Compact requirements. This tour will also include a presentation on the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation, due to the close proximity and epicenter of Grand County’s National Forest devastation.

Brewery Tour – SOLD OUT
hosted by NCDEA

DATE: Sunday, January 29, 2017
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COST: $77.00

Visit three local craft breweries and learn about the natural resources and processes involved in the making of beer. For the tour fee, participants get a seat on this groovy tour bus (pictured) and a pint of beer at each brewery stop.

Each bus accommodates 25 people comfortably. You may bring your own food along, and water will be provided.

Denver Local Sites Tour – SOLD OUT
hosted by NCDEA

DATE: Sunday, January 29, 2017
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
COST: $60.00

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon drive to see some of the local sites of interest in Colorado’s famous capital, Denver!

A comfortable tour bus and local host will take you to such sites as the state capitol, Red Rocks Amphitheater, History Colorado Center, Denver Botanic Gardens, National Western Stock Show and Rodeo grounds, and more! Jefferson Conservation District, one of the local Colorado conservation districts in the area, will provide a brief presentation about their recently awarded Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant. There will also be a couple of stops along the way — Join us in this quick introduction to some of Denver’s highlights!


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