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FAQs

Workshop FAQs

TSRC utilizes the many fabulous facilities already existing in the town of Telluride. We currently do not have our own building.

  • You will see the location listed there on each of the workshops on this page.
  • About ninety-percent of our workshops are held at the Telluride Intermediate School located at 725 West Colorado Avenue. It is the new wing of the High School that juts toward Main Street, and is the large imposing structure on your left as you enter town. The doors are marked TSRC and are located in front of the mini basketball court in the large open playing field. The primary office number is 970-708-0004.
  • Some meetings, especially in the winter months, are held at Camel's Garden Hotel on the 2nd floor.  The hotel is located at 250 West San Juan Avenue on the gondola plaza. Their phone number is 970-728-930.
  • Our largest meetings in the Palm Theatre, located at the Telluride Intermediate School at 715 West Colorado Avenue in the same building as our summer workshops.
  • Meeting space
  • Staff support Monday-Thursday from 6:30 am til 9:00 pm, Friday 6:30 am til 1:00 pm (staff is not available)
  • Hearty breakfast each morning, including hard boiled eggs, fruit, ham, cheese, yogurt, pastries, baguettes, bagels and more, Monday - Friday
  • Afternoon cookies and/or other snacks
  • Coffee, teas, and sodas all day
  • Picnic dinner on Thursday night, including beer and wine (family members welcomed)
  • Technical equipment (LCD's, overheads, etc)
  • Tech support
  • Wireless internet at the meeting site
  • A few desktop computers
  • Copy machine & copies
  • Office supplies

What can be provided, if organizers would like -- costs vary:

  • Dinners
  • Lunches
  • Receptions

Not included:

  • Lodging costs

Please contact us at nana@telluridescience.org if you have any questions about these arrangements or if you would like us to assist you in finding a place to hold a reception or dinner.

Getting Acclimated

The town of Telluride (also known as "To Hell You Ride") is located in a box canyon in the rugged San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. The elevation, of the town, is 8,750 ft (2667 m). The town is situated at the local minimum elevation, so there is virtually nowhere to go but up from there. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 12,000 to 14,000 ft (3,700 to 4,300 m). You may notice the effects of the altitude immediately and it may take a couple of days to get acclimated. You may experience shortness of breath, quickened pulse, and light-headedness. You might also experience a touch of nausea or insomnia.

The standard prescription for coping with the altitude is to remain well hydrated and take it easy on the caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Some have reported that taking aspirin (blood thinner) helps suppress the maladies of altitude sickness, and melatonin beats the insomnia. The local shops also sell cans of 90% oxygen, which reportedly helps ease the discomfort of being at high altitude. If you are feeling really ill or uncomfortable, don't hesitate to call the Telluride Medical Center at 970-728-3848.

Also remember, hats or sunglasses and sunscreen are a necessity any time of year here. BRING A WATER BOTTLE and layers for warmth and rain.

Weather

Telluride's weather can change in an instant, but summer days usually follow a predictable pattern: cool clear mornings followed by rain in the afternoon. Highs can get into the 80s in June and nights are cold. If you go into the high country you should prepare for anything. It is advisable to bring layers, good walking shoes, and sunglasses. 

Clothing

Meetings at TSRC, and Telluride in general, are very informal. Please plan to dress casually and comfortably for the meetings, as well as for going out in town. Jackets, ties, or heels are rarely seen around town. 

The best strategy for dealing with variable weather while hiking or while in town, is to wear layers and have a rain coat handy. If you plan to go hiking, don't leave without water, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain gear and layers. Many of the hotels and condos in town will have a pool or hot tub, so bring a swimsuit. 

Recreation

Telluride is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains and there is plenty to do. You can hike, bike, climb, kayak, raft, skateboard, camp, fish...the list goes on! Your workshop usually includes ample free time to get out and explore if you are so inclined. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing if you plan on going outside and ask us about purchasing a search and rescue card in case anything goes wrong while you are out in the backcountry. 

Here are some informal, fun options for getting together with colleagues over a couple drinks:

  • The New Sheridan Bar--a great historic bar located downtown. Great atmosphere
  • The New Sheridan Hotel Lobby Bar--is located right next to the Sheridan, but a little cozier and with food available. Great for a few people. 
  • The Last Dollar Saloon--known as "the Buck," this is a roomy and authentic choice to have a few beers. No food is available, but plenty of atmosphere. 
Other Info

Visittelluride.com is a great resource for planning you trip. Also, be sure to check the papers while in town to get an idea of what is going on. On any given week, there might be live music, theater, art walks and more. 

Yes! There are two excellent summer programs for kids in Telluride. The Telluride Academy is the largest and most diverse youth organization in Western Colorado. We now offer discounts to scientists who sign their kids up before March 1. Please contact Rory for more information about this discount. Their programs range from wildflowers to whitewater, with art, original theater, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, science, ecology, and more. See their website for more information http://www.tellurideacademy.org

There are also lots of kids programs at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. Please see their website for more information, http://www.ahhaa.org

 

Baby sitting: Annie's Nannies  or call 970-728-2991

Day Care Centers: Mountain Munchkins Day Care-415 Mountain Village Blvd. (970)728-3820, Rainbow Pre-School and Day Care-538 W Colorado Ave (970)728-3820, Rascals Toddler Program-405 Society Dr. (970)728-3804, Rockies After School Program-538 Colorado Ave (970)728-6858