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Switch up your Tuesday evening apres and learn a little! Join local mining history expert, Rick Hague, for an enlightening talk about the importance and diversity of gold rushes throughout North America in the 19th century!

When you hear the phrase "gold rush," what do you think of? Many people have heard of the California gold rush of 1849... However, this was not a single, isolated event. In fact, there were several major gold rushes in North America in the 19th century beginning in 1799. All were connected in a number of interesting ways and all were profoundly important in American history. Additionally, there were a number of similar events worldwide during the same period.

Come and hear the story of these fascinating events that shaped both our local Summit County history as well as that of our country!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Time: 6 - 7:30 PM

Location: Summit County Community and Senior Center

Address: 83 Nancy's Place, Frisco, CO 80443



10th mtn talk WEB.jpgSkiing Off to War - 10th Mountain Division

Back by popular demand! Join us for an evening with Colonel Tom Duhs USMC (retired) to hear the incredible story of the 10th Mountain Division. “Skiing off to War” is the story of the 10th Mountain Division, who trained at Camp Hale Colorado, and were deployed to Italy. They pushed the German Army out of Italy bringing about the end of the war in May of 1945. The unique nature of the only US Army Mountain Division, it’s recruitment, training, employment, and work after WWII makes the fascinating story of “The Ski Troops.” 

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Time: 6 - 7:30 PM

Location: South Branch Library

Address: 103 S Harris Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424



cascade crossroads WEB.jpgCascade Crossroads: Summit County Safe Passages Film Screening

Summit County Safe Passages, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and Rocky Mountain Wild are excited to bring you the story of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, and the wildlife crossings and roadway improvements within it. It is a win-win for people and animals that offers a new model for major infrastructure projects bisecting wild places. The film aims to not only share this unique story but also inspire action in other landscapes facing similar tensions between wildlife and roadways. Summit County Safe Passages will also have a presentation on local initiatives here in the County, including Vail Pass along I-70, and how you can get involved!

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Time: 6 - 7 PM

Location: Colorado Mountain College - Breckenridge

Address: 107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424



If you have any feedback on particular presentations, or input on what you'd like to see in the future, email! If you have expertise in any area related to forest health, natural/cultural history, or any topic relevant to our mountain community, and would like to give a presentation, feel free to reach out with your ideas.

Past Events

lynx-talk-8.5x11-WEB.jpgLynx, Highways, Skiers, & Bugs - Update on Canada Lynx in CO

Can you tell the difference between a lynx and bobcat? How much do you know about these elusive critters? Join FDRD for an evening with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Senior Scientist, Jake Ivan, for an update on Canada lynx in our great state of Colorado! We will learn about lynx ecology, their reintroduction into Colorado, and get an update on what biologists are learning about lynx in the state.

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8 PM

Location: REI Dillon

Address: 306 Dillon Ridge Road, Dillon, CO 80435



Backcountry Film Festival

backcountry-film-festival-WEB.jpgCalling all “go big or go home” winter enthusiasts! Get ready to get goosebumps while you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. The 14th Annual Backcountry Film Festival film line-up is full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Get stoked! View the official trailer HERE.

Admission is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at Wilderness Sports or the Dillon Ranger District office (cash only). Tickets can also be purchased with a credit card online HERE.

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Time: 7 - 9:30 PM // Film screening begins at 7:15 PM

Location: Wilderness Sports

Address: 701 E Anemone Trail, Dillon, CO 80435



Her Odyssey:

Conservation Perspectives in South America

her-odyssey-WEB.jpgBethany Hughes moved to Summit County in 2011, soon after completing her first thru-hike, the Pacific Crest Trail. While living here she continued to hike, completing the Colorado Trail, and branched out into snow sports, even learning to snowboard, much to the amusement of her SOS Outreach kids. 8,000 miles, 3 years, and one continent later she is home for a rest! During her time in Summit, she is looking forward to updating the community who helped her make it this far. The talk will focus on an update of Her Odyssey's progress and conservation issues, comparing Patagonia and the Inca Trail.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Location: Wilderness Sports

Address: 701 E Anemone Trail, Dillon, CO 80435



The Winter Kickoff!

An evening & community celebration to welcome back winter with a  talk by OpenSnow’s Joel Gratz, a film by Breck Ski Resort and more! Presented by Breck Ski Resort, MORA (Mountain Outdoor Recreation Alliance) and FDRD.

Suggested donation to benefit your favorite nonprofit. RSVP here! Winter Kickoff instagram_small.jpg

5 pm // Doors open and Meet & Greet with local nonprofits
6 pm // Keynote talk by Joel Gratz from OpenSnow
7 pm // Viewing of Breck Ski Resort's film "Above Treeline"
8 pm // Meet & Greet with Local nonprofits

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Riverwalk Center

Address: 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424




CO Rec Talk WEB.jpgAn Evening with the Experts - A Magnified Look at Outdoor Recreation in Colorado

Collaborative presentation by:

  • Ken Waugh - Dillon Ranger District Staff Recreation Officer (USFS)
  • Jason Lederer - Senior Resource Specialist for Summit County Open Space and Trails
  • Scott Reid - Director of Recreation for the Town of Breckenridge
  • Anne Murphy - Summit County Open Space and Trails

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Colorado Mountain College - Breck Campus

Address: 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424



Skiing off to War - A 10th Mountain Division PresentationTom-Duhs-2018-web.jpg

Join FDRD for an evening with Colonel Tom Duhs USMC (retired) to hear the incredible story of the 10th Mountain Division. "Skiing off to War" is the story of the 10th Mountain Division, who trained at Camp Hale Colorado, and were deployed to Italy.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Summit County Library - South Branch

Address: 103 South Harris Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424





"Climate in and around Summit County

     - Present, Past and Future"

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Presentation by Klaus Wolter - NOAA Research Scientist

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Colorado Mountain College - Breckenridge

Address: 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424








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Join FDRD for a presentation by local photographer, Bill Linfield, showcasing his breathtaking images of local landscapes and wildlife.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Summit County Senior Center - Hoosier Room

Address: 83 Nancy Place, Frisco, CO 80443






following-the-line-web.jpgFollowing the Line Presentation

Presentation by Callie Morgigno, detailing her experiences during a 5,000km trek along the perceived border between Europe & Asia 

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Wilderness Sports

Address: 701 E. Anemone Trail, Dillon, CO 80435





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Join FDRD and WildWings Education Center for a presentation about birds of prey living in Colorado, including live bird demonstrations.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Colorado Mountain College - Breck Campus

Address: 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424