Aspen Center For Environmental Studies

(970)-925-5756
100 Puppy Smith Street Aspen CO 81611
www.aspennature.org
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    Aspen Center For Environmental Studies

    Explore Aspen with ACES, an environmental education organization founded in 1968. Join ACES Naturalists guides for free hikes at popular spots like Aspen and Snowmass, the Maroon Bells, and Snowmass' Ice Age dig. Or discover the Ashcroft Ghost Town and enjoy lunch or dinner at Pine Creek Cookhouse on our Green World Day Hike or River Run Sunset Hike. Sign up for our kids camps and adult hikes and field classes for an exciting summer of outdoor exploration for all ages, or hire a guide for a private, build-your-own Aspen adventure! Visit ACES at Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen offering a variety of daily programs for all ages, or ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, offering Farm Tours at 11AM. Stock up on Rock Bottom Ranch meat, eggs, vegetables, greens, herbs and more for sale at the Ranch during open hours and at the Aspen Saturday Market. Join ACES for a variety of community events this summer including the annual Raptor Fair at Hallam Lake, two free Jessica Catto Dialogue lectures, the first ever Stars Above Aspen Astronomy Night on Aspen Mountain, and much more! Visit www.aspennature.org for more information.

    Hiking and On-Mountain Cultural Activities

    Sign up for our kids camps and adult hikes and field classes for an exciting summer of outdoor exploration for all ages, or hire a guide for a private, build-your-own Aspen adventure! Visit ACES at Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen offering a variety of daily programs for all ages, or ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, offering Farm Tours at 11AM. Stock up on Rock Bottom Ranch meat, eggs, vegetables, greens, herbs and more for sale at the Ranch during open hours and at the Aspen Saturday Market. Join ACES for a variety of community events this summer including the annual Raptor Fair at Hallam Lake, two free Jessica Catto Dialogue lectures, the first ever Stars Above Aspen Astronomy Night on Aspen Mountain, and much more! Visit www.aspennature.org for more information.

    Nature Preserve

    ACES sites are free and open to the public and feature activities for all ages.

    Summer: ACES at Hallam Lake is a 25-acre nature preserve and educational visitor center in the heart of downtown Aspen. Guests of all ages will enjoy meeting the resident golden eagle, great horned owl, and red-tailed hawk, as well as indoor animals like the ball python and bearded dragons. Borrow a pair of binoculars for a walk around the lake, or pick up a self-guided tour booklet to learn more about the area. Kids are encouraged to borrow an Adventure Backpack to complete the Junior Naturalist Activity Guide, featuring hands-on, age-appropriate activities. Naturalists are on site and available to answer questions. Open Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 5PM.

    ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch is an educational farm, wildlife preserve, and visitor center in Basalt. ACES’ unique brand of sustainable agriculture at the Ranch melds 113 acres of wild lands and pristine riparian habitats with agriculture production and education.The Ranch is a “school” for teaching people of all ages how to grow sustainable, healthy, local food. Visitors will enjoy exploring the Ranch, seeing the farm animals and gardens, and learning where food comes from. Ranchers are on site and available to answer questions. Open Monday - Friday, 9AM - 11AM and Saturday 9AM - 1PM. 

    2001 Hooks Spur Road Basalt, Co 81621

    (970) 927-6760

    Winter: Explore and learn about the Aspen area on guided snowshoe adventures with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)! Join an ACES Naturalist for daily snowshoe hikes on Aspen and Snowmass Mountains, and at the Ashcroft Ski Touring Center. Ski a run with a Naturalist on a free downhill tour offered daily from the Wapiti Wildlife Center at Snowmass. Or, hire an ACES naturalist for private, custom snowshoe hikes! Also at ACES, experience the world travel slide show series, Potbelly Perspectives, on Wednesday evenings, and the ecology-based lecture series, Naturalist Nights on Thursday evenings. For bird watching and more visit Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen, or Rock Bottom Ranch, an educational ranch between Basalt and Carbondale.

    Recreation and Cultural Activities for Children

    Summer: ACES offers fun and educational camps for ages 4 - 14 at Hallam Lake in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. Drop-in, daily, weekly, and overnight offerings feature a mix of science education and outdoor exploration for an exciting and memorable summer. This summer, new and exciting offerings for ages 11 -14 will be popular with your middle schoolers. Families are invited to visit ACES sites, featuring free admission and a variety of activities. Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen is open Monday - Saturday 9-5. Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt is open Monday - Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-1 with Farm Tours at 11AM and meat, eggs, produce and more for sale during open hours.


    Winter: During the winter, daily programs include naturalist-guided snowshoe tours on top of Aspen Mountain, at Snowmass and at Ashcroft; naturalist-guided ski tours at Snowmass; Friday evening snowshoe tours at Snowmass; and weekly slideshows where local adventurers share tales from abroad and regional experts teach on naturalist topics. The Hallam Lake nature center is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm where visitors can enjoy snowshoe walks and bird watching in the heart of downtown Aspen. Check their website for school break classes for kids! Photo: ACES Staff.

    Daily snowshoe walks provided by Aspen Center For Environmental Studies, leave from the top of Aspen and Snowmass Mountains and from the Ashcroft Ski Touring Center. Free downhill skiing tours are offered at Snowmass by ACES. Snowshoe walks and bird watching can be enjoyed at the center. Evening programs include the Potbelly Perspective Lecture Series and Naturalist Nights. Open daily, ACES is located on the 25-acre Hallam Lake Nature Preserve in the heart of Aspen.

    Camps for Children

    ACES is abuzz with children's voices and laughter year round! ACES Education team provides environmental science education in-school and on field programs with over 42 schools. During the school year ACES offers fun and educational kids camps and classes over winter break and spring break. Register now for winter-time exploration, allowing your child to learn about and experience the natural world at Hallam Lake in Aspen, or Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. Click on your age group below to view what we have in store!

    Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

    Daily snowshoe walks provided by Aspen Center For Environmental Studies, leave from the top of Aspen and Snowmass Mountains and from the Ashcroft Ski Touring Center. Free downhill skiing tours are offered at Snowmass by ACES. Snowshoe walks and bird watching can be enjoyed at the center. Evening programs include the Potbelly Perspective Lecture Series and Naturalist Nights. Open daily, ACES is located on the 25-acre Hallam Lake Nature Preserve in the heart of Aspen.

    Snowshoe Tours

    Observe and explore the natural wonders of the Rocky Mountains with ACES. Travel along mountain streams, over ridgelines, and through beautiful valleys while learning about mountain ecology on ACES' naturalist guided snowshoe tours. Daily snowshoe tours are offered on top of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, and at the Ashcroft Ghost Town. The Ashcroft snowshoe tours, offered daily by reservation, include the historic ghost town of Ashcroft and a gourmet lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Free downhill skiing tours are offered at Snowmass. The Hallam Lake nature center in Aspen is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm where visitors can enjoy snowshoe walks and bird watching in the heart of downtown Aspen.

    Additional Info

    • Name: Aspen Center For Environmental Studies - Children
    • Street: 100 Puppy Smith Street
    • State: CO
    • City: Aspen
    • Zip Code: 81611
    • Phone Number: (970)-925-5756
    • Fax Number: (970)-925-4819
    • Email: aces@aspennature.org
    • Categories: Arts & Culture, Children & Families, Recreation
    • Subcategory: Cultural Activities, Cultural Activities For Children, Recreation For Children, Hiking, Nature Preserve, On-Mountain Activities, Snowshoe Tours, Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
    • Latitude: 39.19643
    • Longitude: -106.82207199999999
    • FB DirectLink: https://www.facebook.com/AspenCenterforEnvironmentalStudies
    • Twitter DirectLink: https://twitter.com/ACESaspen
    • Instagram DirectLink: https://www.instagram.com/acesaspen/
    • YouTube DirectLink: https://www.youtube.com/user/aces81611
    • Yelp DirectLink: http://www.yelp.com/biz/aspen-center-for-environmental-studies-aspen
    • Fax:(970)-925-4819
    • Name: Aspen Center For Environmental Studies - Children
    • Street: 100 Puppy Smith Street
    • State: CO
    • City: Aspen
    • Zip Code: 81611
    • Phone Number: (970)-925-5756
    • Fax Number: (970)-925-4819
    • Email: aces@aspennature.org
    • Categories: Arts & Culture, Children & Families, Recreation
    • Subcategory: Cultural Activities, Cultural Activities For Children, Recreation For Children, Hiking, Nature Preserve, On-Mountain Activities, Snowshoe Tours, Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
    • FB DirectLink: https://www.facebook.com/AspenCenterforEnvironmentalStudies
    • Twitter DirectLink: https://twitter.com/ACESaspen
    • Instagram DirectLink: https://www.instagram.com/acesaspen/
    • YouTube DirectLink: https://www.youtube.com/user/aces81611
    • Yelp DirectLink: http://www.yelp.com/biz/aspen-center-for-environmental-studies-aspen

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