GIS in the Rockies is excited to offer post-conference tours on Friday September 21, 2018. There are three outings offered this year which are designed to provide a variety of entertaining and educational experiences related to GIS, Geology, History, and even Chemistry! Tours are spaced apart throughout the day so that if you so desire, you can easily attend them all. Check out the descriptions below for more information.

Tours are located in Boulder, Nederland, and Denver, Colorado (in respective order). Attendees are responsible for transportation to and from the locations. There are a limited number of openings for each tour, so please sign up during the registration process. If you have already registered for the conference, you can modify your existing registration to reserve your spot for the post-conference tour of your choice.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Located in Boulder, Colorado, NOAA supports a powerful array of research, data collection and dissemination programs. The excursion will begin with a brief sightsee of the building. Following this will be a discussion with some of NOAA’s Digital Elevation Model (DEM) developers, customized for the GISITR group! These developers generate seamless bathymetric – topographic DEMs that are used for coastal inundation modelling. The tour will finish at the ‘Science on a Sphere’ (SOS), a giant animated globe that is must see for all. Projected images on the SOS will continue to focus on the topic of the DEM, and will also include ‘eye-candy’ images picked especially for our crew that will undoubtedly blow your mind.

Tour Director: Chuck Anderson
Maximum Capacity: 40 people
Time:10:00 am (Security Screening); 10:30 to 12:00 pm (Tour)
Cost: Free
Meeting Location: David Skaggs Research Center 325 Broadway Boulder, CO 80305
Additional Information: Visitor Center Security will no longer be able to accept IDs from some US states for site access. Please see security procedures for details. Parking recommendations and other transportation options to follow.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Hard Rock Mining Tour

Mining is a vital part of Boulder County’s history. Three hundred million years ago, the Ancestral Front Range uplifted about 30 miles west of where the current Front Range is today. Weathering and erosion wore those ancient peaks away and buried them in sediment and debris thousands of feet thick. Dinosaurs evolved and went extinct. Shallow seas advanced and retreated. Then uplift activity happened again 65 million years ago, which set the stage for hard rock mining heritage. Hard rock mining was Boulder County’s leading industry, attracting the majority of new residents to the mineral-rich mountains during the boom of the late 1800s. Gold, silver, lead, zinc, and tungsten have all been part of Boulder County’s colorful mining history.

The tour will begin at the Nederland Mining Museum, which is an educational delight in itself. From there, vans will be ready to drive our group to a couple of relic mine sites on Boulder County Parks and Open Space properties. You will learn about the rich history of each site as you stand on the same ground and see the remnants of structures and tools which are fundamental pieces to the stories you’ll hear. You can take a virtual tour to get a glimpse of what you’ll learn about.

Tour Director: Sheryl Kippen
Maximum Capacity: 20 people
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Meeting Location:Nederland Mining Museum 200 N. Bridge Street Nederland, CO 80466 Additional Information: Van transportation will be provided and will leave from and return to the Nederland Mining Museum. Recommendations for fun lunch options in Nederland to follow.

Laws Whiskey Distillery

‘A great story, like a great whiskey, is meant to be shared’. This tour is the grand finale of the conference, the true spirit of TGIF, where you can exchange stories with your conference cohorts in a different kind of environment.

This tour consists of an in-depth educational session of the whiskey-making process at Laws Whiskey House. Each batch is milled, cooked, fermented, distilled, and aged on-site, utilizing heirloom grains from family-owned Colorado farms. You will learn exactly where the grains grow, and the entire processes of mashing, fermentation, distillation, and aging. Following your educational session, you will tour the production facility and rack house and finish with a formally-guided whiskey tasting. And so the stories go …

Tour Director:Crystal Barrios
Maximum Capacity: 15 people
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cost: $10.00/person
Meeting Location: Laws Whiskey House 1420 South Acoma Street Denver CO 80223
Additional Information: Must be 21 or older. The $10 admission is reimbursed in the form of Laws store credit when you check in with a valid ID. Transportation option details to follow.