GIS in the Rockies is excited to offer post-conference tours on Friday September 22, 2017. The collection of tours varies in content; some are more specifically related to the field of GIS, whereas others focus on the simple pleasures provided by natural, creative resources of the world. The variety of tours offered by GISITR this year is certain to spark an interest in everyone, so be sure to check out descriptions of each below!

Tours are located throughout Denver and Boulder, Colorado. Attendees are responsible for transportation to and from the tour locations. There are a limited number of openings for each tour, so please sign up for a tour 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, and operational weather forecasts of Earth’s atmosphere and the space environment. Most of NOAA’s Boulder activities take place in the David Skaggs Research Center. This Tour includes 4 stops within the David Skaggs Research Center, including the Space Weather Prediction Center, ESRL Global Monitoring Division, National Weather Service Forecast Office, and Science On a Sphere.

Tour Director: Carolyn Szoke
Maximum Capacity: 40 people
Time: 10:00am to 11:30 am
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. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Celestial Seasonings

Visit the Celestial Seasonings headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and unlock the mysteries of tea with a guided tea tour. Celestial Seasonings’ factory tour is always ranked among the best in the U.S. You’ll learn all about the wonderful world of tea and see how their wholesome products are blended, packaged and shipped. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how tea is made – from raw ingredients (including the famous mint room!) to finished products. For GIS in the Rockies, they’ll be supplementing that with geospatial info about their global supply chain.

Before the tour, you can enjoy lunch at the Celestial Café. Afterwards, you can browse the tea shop featuring Celestial Seasoning teas and gifts plus healthful foods and personal care products.

Maximum Capacity: 45 people
Time: 1:15 – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Meeting Location:4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Additional Information: Photos are prohibited in the factory. Hairnets (and sometimes beard nets) are required while on the factory floor. Celestial Seasonings

Denver Botanic Gardens: Calder Monumental Exhibit

American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold energetic sculptures. ‘Calder: Monumental’ at the Denver Botanical Gardens will feature these iconic works of bolted steel plate, which rise in sweeping curves, or puncture space with geometric lines, revealing the artist’s exploration of forms, volumes, and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder’s large lively abstractions interact with the surrounding landscape.

Tour Director: Caitlin Barrett
Maximum Capacity: 24 people
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Cost: $14.00/person
Meeting Location: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
Additional Information: Denver Botanic Gardens: Calder Monumental Exhibit

The Old Map Gallery

Located in Historic Lower Downtown Denver, The Old Map Gallery has specialized in antique and vintage maps for the last thirty years, with maps from the early age of exploration in the 1500’s, up to the 20th century and the beginning of space exploration. With a focus on Colorado and the West, they cover any part of the globe, and specialize in pictorial and culturally focused maps from the 1920’s -50’s.

Tour Director: Curtis Bird
Maximum Capacity: 24 people
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Meeting Location: 1801 Wynkoop St. Denver, CO 80202
Additional Information: The Old Map Gallery

Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery

Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery is proud to call Colorado home. As they say, “welcome to where the magic happens”. This distillery has been making single malt whiskey in Denver for over a decade. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, they are able to source some of the finest ingredients the American West has to offer including the award winning spring water they use to cut their whiskey to proof. Your Stranahan’s Tour will consist of the Distillery where you will sample their Diamond Peak & Original Single Malt Whiskies. All guests will receive an engraved tasting glass to take home with you as well as a 10% off voucher for merchandise in the General Store.

Maximum Capacity: 30 people
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $10/person
Meeting Location: 200 South Kalamath St. Denver, Co 80223
Additional Information: Must be 21 or older. Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery