Basalt Elementary School (BES)

In 2012, ACES increased its environmental science programming at BES by modeling the program after the highly-successful Aspen Elementary School program. Now, all 670 Kindergarten through 4th grade BES students attend a weekly lesson in the ACES' Environmental Science classroom as a part of their rotation of classes called specials. In addition to the in-school lessons, each class goes on two to three field science programs at ACES' sites.  

BES Principal, Suzanne Wheeler-Del Piccolo has this to say about the program,
“I am thrilled that the students of Basalt Elementary have Environmental Science class as a regular part of their school week. The hands-on science learning that ACES provides helps students to understand complex concepts, build vocabulary, and increase environmental literacy in the early years of learning. Plus, ACES makes science fun, and in turn, students have increased enthusiasm for learning.”

Primary themes of study by grade level:

Grade LevelIn-School ThemesOutdoor Field Science Trips
KindergartenAnimal Movement, Local Animals Mammals, Insects, and Birds, Sun, GardenAnimals, Sun and the Garden
First GradeSoil, Fall Garden, Trees, Snow Study, What Animals Need to Survive, Animal Babies, Plant GerminationEarth’s Materials, States of Water at Hallam Lake, Animal Babies
Second GradeAnimal Adaptations, Habitat, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, PlantsAnimal Homes, Winter Animal Adaptations on Aspen Mountain, Riparian habitat and Birds, Campfire
Third GradeEcosystems, Life Cycles, Geology, Winter Tracking, Water CycleEcosystems, Wetlands at Hallam Lake
Fourth GradeLife Zones, Non-Living and Living parts of Ecosystem, Ancient Life Zones, Astronomy, EnergyPlanetarium, Life zones

The ACES at BES program is funded by Basalt Education Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Basalt Partners in Education, donors to ACES' Children’s Education Fund, and Basalt Elementary School.