|Children's Education Fund|| |
Each spring ACES asks its membership to contribute support for the award-winning environmental science programs we teach for 25 regional schools. These important programs provide much of the earth, physical, and life science curriculum necessary to help elementary schools meet state and district academic standards. Because ACES needs to raise $120,000 this spring, we will send a Children's Education Fund letter to each of our members in April. If you are able instead, to make a secure contribution online now at www.aspennature.org/donate-to-aces and select Children's Education Fund. We'll save paper, postage and staff time. Thank you!
|Family Farm Days Begin || |
Family Farm Day
Rock Bottom Ranch
Saturday, April 16th
9:30am - 11:30am
Family members of all ages will enjoy this glimpse of farm life as they learn how to farm with the seasons. Milking a goat, harvesting garden greens, pressing apple cider... there is fun to be had by all! Each Saturday will have the same basic activities but will vary through the seasons depending on what's available at that time from the garden and the ranch. No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation per family. Click here to RSVP!
|Community Garden|| |
At Rock Bottom Ranch
Spring has arrived at Rock Bottom Ranch! Daffodils, crocuses, and mountain bluebirds have returned with their beautiful spring colors. This can only mean one thing- spring and the 2011 garden season are just around the corner.
Participating in our garden as a Community Gardener is a great chance to grow veggies and build community through a connection to the land. Community Garden plots at RBR are filling fast, so contact us today if you're interested in a plot. Opening day for the gardens is April 16 from 10am - 2pm, so come on down to claim your plot! Contact Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and more information.
|Evening Wildlife Walk|| |
|Rock Bottom Ranch|
Monday, April 18th
7pm - 8pm, Free
As spring peeks around the corner, the wild creatures of RBR are emerging. Come check out the wildlife preserve Monday, April 18 at sunset. Click here to RSVP!
|Naturalist Field School || |
|Adult Summer Programs|
Visit the ACES website and check out the summer program offerings for adults this year. From birding to mushrooming, astronomy, and photography there is something for everyone! Click here to see what is available!
Celebrate Earth Day with ACES!
Friday, April 22, 11:30am - 1pmACES invites you and your family to celebrate Earth Day at Hallam
Lake. Bring a picnic to eat inside or out, listen to stories from
Spellbinders, plant willows, discover aquatic insects, and tour the
preserve. Light refreshments will be provided. Visitors that walk, bike, or bus to the event may enter their name into a raffle to win prizes. For more information, call ACES at 925-5756 or email email@example.com.
Rock Bottom RanchSaturday, April 23, 9am - 1pm
Celebrate Earth Day by getting the ranch ready for spring. Our babies will be arriving next month and the grass will soon be long enough to put the animals out to pasture. We're hosting a fun and stewardship-minded event on Saturday, April 23rd, the day after Earth Day, from 9am - 1pm. Bring the family and your work gloves and get down and dirty with spring fever - we'll be planting and caring for native plants on the edge of the farmyard, cleaning the animal pastures, and maybe even planting in the garden! We will provide snacks for everyone, and families are welcome. Click here to RSVP.
High School & College Students
ACES Environmental Apprenticeship is designed to introduce high school and college students to environmental education and environmental studies careers by apprenticing at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Students will assist in teaching environmental education programs, read and discuss articles, write daily journal entries, and create a portfolio of work.
Application deadline is April 15th. Click here for more info.
|Yoga at Hallam Lake|| |
Special Thanks to Gina and Kendall!
For the past several weeks ACES staff, members, and visitors have been enjoying fantastic yoga classes with Gina Guarascio Murdock and Kendall Cafritz of the Aspen Yoga Society. The last classes of the season will be held on April 5th and 7th at 5pm at Hallam Lake. We would like to extend special thanks to Gina and Kendall for donating their time and talents to bring yoga to ACES for the first time!
We are looking forward to staying flexible this summer and are planning some special yoga hikes. We will celebrate the cultivation of mind, body, and spirit, by offering a beginning yoga practice in an inspiring outdoor location. This program includes a beautiful hike punctuated by an outdoor yoga class. Click here for more details.
|ACES Organic Garden || |
Do you have a green thumb and are looking for somewhere to exercise your talents? If so, we need your help with the preparation, planting, care, and harvest of Hallam Lake's organic garden! Spend some time getting down and dirty in this beautiful and tranquil garden and and take flowers and veggies home as your reward! Contact Lindsy Fortier for more details.
|ACES on Wheels || |
ACES is looking to upgrade its fleet of vehicles used to transport our naturalist educators to their program sites. ACES would be very grateful for donated vehicles that are: fuel efficient, all wheel drive (Subaru or similar), automatic transmission, 2002 or newer with 100,000 or fewer miles. Please contact Jim Kravitz if you have a vehicle you would like to donate to ACES. An in-kind contribution acknowledgement receipt will be provided. Thank you!