Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel, the
premier educational adventure for older adults, continues to grow
at Kelly Place. Chosen as the first off-college-campus
Elderhostel site in the nation (1980), Kelly Place continues this
tradition with the following detailed program offerings.
In 2010 Elderhostel revised its registration requirements as well as adopting the name, Road Scholar. Adults who are not elderly and are 40 and up are now welcome to enroll in all programs.
Enjoy Mesa Verde Country's red rock canyons and moderate temperatures. McElmo Canyon Research Institute specializes in small educational study groups emphasizing archaeology, Native American arts and culture. Our archaeological preserve includes 25 Anasazi sites, an Anasazi pottery collection, pottery studio and hiking trails into canyon country. McElmo Canyon Research Institute, hosted by Kelly Place, is located 10 miles west of Cortez Colorado, and is 20 miles from Mesa Verde National Park.
Road Scholar and McElmo Canyon Research Institute,
Present the 2014 Programs
Hiking To Ruins in the Southwest
April 20-26, May 18-24, Sept. 21-27, Oct 26-Nov 1
Hike through sculpted red-rock canyons with spectacular mountain views. The canyons and mesas of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument are the sites for unique hiking experiences led by archaeologists and naturalists. Explore a 40-acre archaeological preserve with prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins, petroglyphs, and hiking trails into canyon country. Discover the natural beauty of a land which was once home to thousands of Ancestral Puebloan people. Enter thousand-year-old dwellings and learn what is known about the ancient civilizations and what is still a mystery.
Archaeology, Native American Art: Southwest Intergenerational Program
July 20-26, Aug 3-9
The Southwest comes alive during this week of exploring the cultures of prehistoric and modern Native Americans. Learn archaeological excavating and recording techniques working on a 1,000-year-old pueblo. Discover Native American arts and begin take-home projects. Pottery-making involves forming vessels, decorating, and firing them in a wood-fired pit kiln as the prehistoric Pueblo peoples did, from the mud to the finished piece. Learn to spin and weave in the traditional Navajo style, taught by a Navajo artist. A special field trip to Mesa Verde National Park, accompanied by an archaeologist, takes you back in time to wonder at the skills of the ancient cliff-dwellers.
Drawing the Spirit of the Southwest
The soft desert colors and ancient Native American
history of the Southwest offer unlimited inspiration for an artist’s
palette. Express your creative imagination – and improve your
drawing skills – as you draw from Native American influences to
experiment with pastels in the studio, en plein air and on your own in
your sketchbook. Listen to stories about the cowboys, traders and the
Spanish Colonialists who also influenced art that is unique to the
Southwest. Amaze yourself with your own drawings of pottery, red rock
landscapes, portraits, and a sacred Ancestral Puebloan ceremonial site.
Personal critiques and instruction are interwoven with discussions and
slide shows on southwestern art and history.
- Discover different expressions of Native American art, including a rock art panel, beautiful pottery, and the art of katsinas.
- Spend a day at Hovenweep National Monument, a site comprised of six prehistoric villages, once home to 2,500 people.
- Explore the 40-acre archaeological preserve of Kelly Place, and learn about the thousand year old Ancestral Puebloan ruins on its grounds.
Painting with Watercolors and Acrylics in Ancient Southwest Archaeological Canyons
May 27-June 1
Enter canyon country–the home of the prehistoric
Ancestral Puebloan"cliff-dwellers", cowboys, and modern day
Navajo and Ute tribes. Bring your colors and your imagination to capture
the magic of the sculpted red rocks, mountains, and orchards. The area
is known as the "Canyon of the Ancients" and has wonderful
trails with on-site ruins. The scenery is spectacular high desert red
slick rock sandstone and geological formations at the base of the Ute
Mountains, formed by intrusion of igneous rock approximately 72 million
The serene McElmo Creek, winds through the canyon, providing beautiful lush contrasts to the warm pinks, yellows and reds of the sandstone cliffs with their dark dessert varnish streaking. The Ancient Native American and cowboy legends and lore of the canyons and mountains, will inspire wonderful sketching, painting and journaling. Enjoy a beautiful experience that will teach you much about our wonderful Southwestern United States as well as introduce you to novel techniques to enrich your painting expression.
- Explore the 40-acre archaeological preserve, containing thousand year old Ancestral Puebloan ruins in various stages of excavation or restoration.
- Spend a day at Hovenweep National Monument, using this beautiful and quiet setting as inspiration for your art.
- Learn new techniques such as substrate preparation to expand your prowess in watercolor and acrylic painting.
Photography of the Four Corners: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona
Unusual land formations and ancient ruins provide an abundance of captivating images in the Four Corners region. Discover the color and history of four states through the lens of your camera during in–field discussions on composition and technique. This course for beginning to intermediate photographers integrates class room and hands on instruction. In Utah, photograph Valley of the Gods and ancient rock art panels. Capture the colorful landscapes of Canyon De Chelly in Arizona. Shoot unworldly rock formations in New Mexico’s Bisti Wilderness. Your stay in Colorado features photography of the spectacular cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. The capstone event is a multimedia presentation of the best of your week's work.
Service: Artifact Preparation And Curation
Feb. 16-22 and June 8-14
A thousand years ago, the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan peoples (Anasazi or "cliff-dwellers") left their dwellings in the canyons and mesas of southwest Colorado. Archaeologists have searched these ruins for clues to the many unanswered questions about their culture. Participants will be guided in the curation of ancient artifacts gathered from archaeological sites. Work will be done at the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and the McElmo Canyon Research Institute. Participants will examine prehistoric pottery and stone tools in the process of curation and other service for the museum. Until the artefactual evidence is creatively analyzed, we have not made the best use of excavations. Learn about both the prehistoric indigenous culture and modern day Native American cultures in the Four Corners region. Portions of the costs for this program may qualify as a tax-deductible gift.
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