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Kicking off Another School Year with ACES Ed

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The end of the summer and beginning of a new school year is a time of great excitement and transition for all. Students check their supply lists, learn their new teachers names and get new outfits for the biggest day of the school year. Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, ACES education team is also embarking on a new school year, gearing up for an exciting year in our classrooms. As teachers and students get to know each other during the first weeks of school, new bonds are formed and the energy is tangible.


After School with ACES Ed

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From February through April 2014, ACES Ed hosted an eight-week after school enrichment program for 3rd and 4th grade students at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale. These classes were run through the PowerTime after school program, which is funded by ACCESS Roaring Fork. Participants were hand-picked by teachers and staff.


Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship

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As the ACES education team looks forward to the summer season, we are dreaming about a summer filled with explorations, learning and fun. Some of the most meaningful learning experiences that ACES provides involve young high school apprentices who work and learn at the ranch over their summer vacation!


Get outside and play!

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I am lying in the thick grass of Hallam Lake in early July, trying not to fidget even though there is definitely a willow twig poking into my left calf.  I’ve given a group of five and six year olds a timer set for three minutes, told them to come find me when the time is up, and taken off running down the trail. Sure enough, just as I am getting way too itchy to hold still, I hear footsteps headed my way. Giggling, most of the group walks right by my hiding spot. It is the last child in line who spots me, excitedly calling out “Kendall! I see your red shirt! Is it my turn next?”


The ACES Ed Community Comes Together at Owl Nights

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We recently wrapped up a series of “Owl Nights” ACES Ed events for Aspen Elementary School (AES) first graders at Hallam Lake. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has hosted Owl Nights for over 30 years to celebrate the end of the first grade owl unit with our students, their families, and their classroom teachers. These events are one of my favorite elements of ACES Ed, and based on the reactions of attendees, it is a night not to be missed.


Roaring Fork Valley 4th Graders Study Forest Succession

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What is ACES Ed? Every ACES Ed class is a hybrid. An average lesson is likely to be driven by a combination of Colorado science standards, local issues and ecology, tradition (at Aspen Elementary, we've taught tracking to 3rd graders for almost 35 years), and the individual inspiration of the educator. This month we have a new fuel source for the 4th grade curriculum: the forest health initiative being carried out by another branch of ACES, For the Forest.


Winter Landscape Dioramas | AES Second Grade

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Exploring Hallam Lake on a field program

For the last three months ACES has been collecting shoeboxes. One hundred and twenty of them, to be exact, one for each second grader at Aspen Elementary School. The shoeboxes have been stacked in the ACES Science Classroom at Aspen Elementary School, and now that students have returned from winter break they will begin to transform their shoebox into an amazing diorama, exhibiting local animals, and how they deal with the challenges of winter.


Studying the Roaring Fork Watershed with Aspen Elementary School 4th Grade

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You turn on the tap to wash your hands at Aspen Elementary School.  Where does that water come from?  It goes down the drain mixed with soap and dirt.  Where does it go?  How can we find out if the water in our local rivers, lakes, snow, plants, and soil is healthy and clean?


Kids First Environmental Education Conference

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“Time outside is where kids truly learn about life….” - Robin Moore, Director, Natural Learning Initiative


Rock Bottom Ranch Camp

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No more classrooms! No more grades! It’s summertime at Rock Bottom Ranch!

For the majority of the year, ACES educators work within Colorado’s state science standards to create programming that supports science curriculum in elementary schools. Field programs are focused, orderly, and run like clockwork in order to get students back on the bus at the pre-arranged time. Although educators love to allow students to freely explore, there is rarely time for that luxury.