Workshop FAQs
Where are the workshops held?
  • 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 adjacent to the High School and is the large structure on your left as you enter town. There are signs leading you to the entry doors and are marked TSRC. The primary office number is 970-708-4930.
  • Larger workshops and small Conferences are sometimes held at the Ah Haa School, and medium to large size conferences can be held in the Telluride Conference Center.
What is included in the standard workshop fee?
  • Meeting space
  • Staff support Monday-Thursday from 6:30 am til 9:00 pm, Friday 6:30 am til 1:00 pm
  • 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 Wednesday night, including beer and wine (family members welcomed)
  • Technical equipment (LCD’s, overheads, etc)
  • Tech support
  • Wireless internet at the meeting site
What's not included?
  • Lodging costs
    • Please email cindy@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.

Does TSRC have its own building or facility?

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

General Questions
What is Telluride’s altitude, and how might it affect me?
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.

What is the weather like in Telluride in the summer?
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.

What is the dress code at TSRC? How should I pack for my trip to the mountains?
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.

Is there a fun place to meet up for drinks or food at night?
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. Arroyo Gallery and Wine Bar--Quiet, elegant setting. Good wines by the glass at excellent prices.”

What is fun to do in Telluride? Will I have time to bike/hike/etc?
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.

Where can I get more information about Telluride?
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.

Additionally, check out more info on our site.

Travelling with Families
Is there anything for my kids to do while I am in my workshop?
Yes! There are two excellent summer programs for kids in Telluride.
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 Mark for more information about this discount.
Telluride Mountain School, weeklong summer programming for ages (x-x) (970) 369-4940
Eco Adventures, 970.239.7050
Pinhead Institute, 970.369.5190
Ah Haa, local art school 970.728.3886
Sprouts by st pats
Telluride Preschool

Is there a babysitting service or day care in Telluride?
Babysitting: 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
Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
Email: info@telluridescience.org
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