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The True Cost of Local Food Production: A Chicken's Eye View

Posted in Ranch Report

Article originally published in Edible Aspen's Spring 2014 Issue.

ACES Ed from a Parent's Perspective

Posted in Bulletin Board

Our two girls have been involved with ACES in several ways including summer camps, field trips, special family events, and at school. We have been thrilled with the educators and greatly appreciate the knowledge base our kids are being exposed to.

Our first experience with ACES Ed was during our oldest daughter’s kindergarten year. Starting in the first few weeks of school, Morgan would come home with interesting tidbits she had learned in her ACES classes about the animals that live in our valley and our local habitat.

Morning Birding Species List | March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: mostly sunny, temperatures in the mid- to upper twenties, snow coverage 100% with firm crust
Locations: Hallam Lake and Roaring Fork River at Rio Grande Trail

Roaring Fork Valley 4th Graders Study Forest Succession

Posted in Kids' Corner

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.

Reflections on a Childhood with Environmental Education

Posted in Bulletin Board

As a 23-year-old who has recently moved back to my hometown, I reflect upon the impact environmental education has had on my development. Having the opportunity to be born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley is an experience I can never take for granted. In particular, I am grateful for the experiences I had growing up with ACES Ed.

ACES Ed: A Science Classroom Without Boundaries

Did you know that Colorado is ranked 36th in state government per capita spending on K-12 education? Add to that statistic that the U.S. has been ranked 48th out of 144 developed countries in quality of math and science education, and a troubling portrait emerges.

Morning Birding Species List | February 4, 2014

Throughout the fall, winter and spring ACES offers monthly Morning Birding classes at our Hallam Lake site in Aspen. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes and register today for upcoming birding classes!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: clear skies, morning after the largest snow fall yet this winter
Locations: Hallam Lake and Rio Grande Trail

Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference

Posted in Ranch Report

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to travel to Mobile, Alabama to attend a conference hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG).  This conference, in its 23rd year, gives family farm operators practical tools and solutions to improve sustainability.  As always, the conference offers a wealth of knowledge and new ideas, and is an incredible networking opportunity to meet over 1,000 farmers and producers working towards similar goals. 

Winter Landscape Dioramas | AES Second Grade

Posted in Kids' Corner
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.

Tamworth Pigs at Rock Bottom Ranch

Posted in Ranch Report

A few weeks ago, Rock Bottom Ranch welcomed two new gilts (young female pigs) to our family.  These adorable piglets are a heritage breed called Tamworth. The Tamworth breed is one of the oldest recognized pig breeds in the world, originating in England. Sir Robert Peel is credited with developing the breed by crossing local pigs with imported Irish stock.