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Rocky Mountain Nature Association Receives $1 Million Bequest From Carol Braun Estate

Carol Braun

Carol Braun

Curt Buchholtz, Executive Director of the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Nature Association, announced the receipt of a major gift from the estate of Carol Louise Braun, formerly of Estes Park. The gift includes her home in Estes Park which will be used to house student interns of the Association, providing much-needed assistance to Rocky Mountain National Park and its educational programs.

The gift was given without restrictions, Buchholtz noted. But in keeping with Carol Braun’s interests and support of the Association, he intends to recommend to his Board of Directors that the bulk of this gift be applied to the Next Generation Endowment to further the long-term educational goals of the current Next Generation Fund campaign.
According to her good friends, Earl and Carol Clark, Carol Braun worked as a medical transcriptionist in Kansas City, MO and visited Colorado in 1992 to experience the mountains for the first time. After many vacations in Colorado, in 2003 she followed her dream to move to Estes Park to be near Rocky Mountain National Park, her favorite place in the state.

She arranged to conduct her job off-site and purchased a house in Estes Park. She became a park volunteer through the Colorado Mountain Club and volunteered for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association in her spare time. She cultivated her interest in hiking and snowshoeing, delighting in the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area.

Being diagnosed with cancer did not stop Carol from getting out on the trail. She continued to take beautiful pictures of wildflowers and enjoyed the abundance of wildlife in the area. And Carol nurtured a new dream to assist others in treasuring Rocky Mountain National Park as she did. As her illness progressed, she met with Curt Buchholtz of the Rocky Mountain Nature Association to make this new dream a reality through the Next Generation Fund.

Carol passed away at the age of 51 in December, 2008.

To learn more about the Next Generation Fund, or the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, please visit or call Curt Buchholtz at 970-586-0108.

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