Rocky Mountain National Park


An Afternoon Back in Time with John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt

Join the Sangre de Cristo Group of the Sierra Club and El Pueblo History Museum for highly entertaining, thought-provoking music and spoken word performances of Sierra Club founder John Muir, as performed by the Chance-Urban musical ensemble, and President Teddy Roosevelt as depicted by Don Moon. They'll explore the historical roots and justifications for America's public lands. All are welcome!

“In creating The University of the Wilderness program, we kept as our guide the goal of reflecting the multi-dimensional nature of Muir, his indomitable spirit, his daring and adventurous nature, the beauty and the humor of the man . . . . This is not a historical account, but rather a performance that portrays a philosophical landscape aimed at inspiring all of us to revivify that part in ourselves that shares a kinship with Muir.”
⁠—Ed Willett-Chance and Cheryl Leah, Chance-Urban musical ensemble

“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.”
⁠—Theodore Roosevelt, August 1910