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Summit County conservation groups invite the public to partake in parties

Breeana Laughlin
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Every day, dozens of organizations do their part to keep Summit County a vibrant, healthy environment for community members, visitors and wildlife.

Although much of this work is done behind the scenes, a handful of conservation organizations is inviting the public to social gatherings where they can learn more about what the groups do and enjoy food, drink, auctions trivia and more.

‘Science of Beer’

The Keystone Science School is all about giving the next generation the tools to become well-rounded adults, teaching scientific principles and leadership skills to young people. The curriculum often takes children out of the classroom and into an outdoor laboratory on the school’s 23-acre campus.

“We give kids a place to open up and learn and be themselves,” said Megan Nuttelman, the school’s marketing and development director. “I think sometimes they have so much fun, they don’t even realize how much they are learning.”

The school is inviting the adults to learn about “The Science of Beer,” from 5:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Quandary Grille in Breckenridge.

“You get an amazing dinner, the beer is flowing and it’s a fun relaxed evening,” Nuttelman said.

The event costs $50 and includes a four-course meal with beer pairings.

Brewers and the chefs work together to pair each course with a specific beer. With each course the brewer talks about the beer being poured.

“Because 100 percent of the food, venue and beer are donated, 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the Keystone Science School,” Nuttleman said.

Childcare will be available at the Mountain Top Children’s Museum during the event.

Call (970) 513-5837 to reserve tickets.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation believes that hunting is conservation. Since 1984, the organization says, its members have protected and enhanced more 6.3 million acres of wildlife habitat.

“Without conservation you don’t have wildlife,” said local foundation member Jim Fuxa.

“It gives you a good feeling when you are doing something for the environment and protecting habitat,” he added.

The Summit County chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hosting a dinner banquet on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Silverthorne Pavilion.

For $35, guests will be treated to a buffet style dinner, as well as a silent and live auction and raffle. Auction items include top-shelf firearms, hunting trips, home décor and more. Proceeds will go to benefit elk, other wildlife, their habitats and the hunting heritage.

“It’s a good way to join in the fun and meet new people with the same interests and help out the organization,” Fuxa said.

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, contact Anton Rainold at (970) 485-2296.

Summit Huts Association

The Summit Huts Association staff members and volunteers pride themselves on giving visitors a unique backcountry outdoors experience.

Since the first cabin was built more than 20 years ago, multitudes of adventurers have made themselves at home in the rustic, but well-equipped, huts.

“The huts we run are definitely a special thing to have here in Summit County,” said Hannah Taylor, Summit Huts’ administrative coordinator.

“Each hut has its own flavor and character, and offers an easy and fun way to access the backcountry,” she said.

The Summit Huts Association will be holding its 12th annual Backcountry Ball at the Maggie Restaurant in Breckenridge from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. The Backcountry Ball will feature a dinner, silent auction, table trivia, door prizes and more.

“It’s a good time to get people together to kick off the winter season,” Taylor said.

Tickets are $25 for adult and $10 per child. They can be purchased online at or at the door.

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