Maroon Bells Programs

10:15am AND 1:15pm Crater Lake Hike

3.6 miles round trip, 500 ft. elevation gain
Join a naturalist for a one-way hike to Crater Lake. This one-hour hike focuses on the flora, fauna, and geology along the trail.

10:15am AND 1:15pm Landmarks in Time Walk
Walk along Maroon Lake for 45 minutes with a naturalist. Investigate the history of this geologic wonder and ecological paradise.
 
All programs meet at the Maroon Information Center (MIC) at Maroon Lake
Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service
Daily, free
6/16/2012 - 9/03/2012
Wildflowers on Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain Walk

Ride the gondola to the summit of Aspen Mountain and enjoy a naturalist-guided walk surrounded by inspiring views. These 45-minutes-walks are offered EVERY HOUR between 11 am and 3 pm.

No reservations necessary. Courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Company with the purchase of a gondola pass.

Meet every day atop of Aspen Mountain at the ACES Information Station.
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
Daily, Free

6/16/2012 - 9/03/2012
FALL: call for details
Tel: 970.925.9157
Fax: 970.925.4819
toklat@aspennature.org
11247 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611

FALL: Mon - Fri, 9PM - 5PM
Tel: 970.927.6760
Fax: 970.927.6703
rockbottom@aspennature.org
2001 Hooks Spur Road

Basalt, CO 81621

FALL: Mon - Fri, 9AM - 5PM
Tel: 970.925.5756
Fax: 970.925.4819
aces@aspennature.org
100 Puppy Smith Street
Aspen, CO 81611

RBR Farm Stand at Hallam Lake

Looking for fresh, local produce, meat, and eggs now that the Aspen Farmers' Market is done for the season? The Harvest isn't over yet! Stop by Hallam Lake in downtown Aspen on Fridays through November to pick up everything you need for a delicious fall meal. This weekly pop-up farm stand will feature fresh and sustainable meats, veggies, honey, and more from Rock Bottom Ranch, Crystal River Meats, and Spradley Farms.

Available products include: RBR pasture-raised whole chickens* and a variety of pork cuts*, select cuts of grass-fed veef and lab from Crystal River Meats, RBR eggs*, potatoes, kale, collards, turnips, carrots, lettuce greens, and herbs, and local honey from Spradley Farms!

Fridays:
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21 

*Rock Bottom Ranch's pork, chicken, and eggs are AWA approved, certifying that they were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare and environmental standards.

10/31/2014 - 11/21/2014

3PM - 6PM
Hallam Lake

Politics of Sustainability Lectures | Elise Osenga

Elise Osenga, Research Associate at Aspen Global Change Institure, will will share an overview of the Aspen Global Change Institute's mission of furthering the scientific understanding of Earth systems and global environmental change. This interactive presentation will also explore effective ways to communicate complex or challenging concepts through "storytelling" and effective communication skills. 

Elise joined the Aspen Global Change Institute in 2013 as a research associate. Since then, she has been involved in a number of projects ranging from report writing to data crunching to education. Her current focus is on a soil moisture monitoring plan that will collect, analyze, and share data gathered across the Roaring Fork Valley.  In addition to her work with AGCI, Elise also works part time as a science writer for the GEO sponsored publication Earthzine.org. Both these current occupations are a departure from Elise’s previous work in the field of environmental education. She still has a passion for playing in the dirt and informal teaching, and she maintains Certified Interpretive Guide standing with the National Association of Interpretation. 
Elise has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and English from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree offered through the Advanced Inquiry Program of Miami University Ohio and Denver Zoo. 

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is now home to the long-successful Tomorrow’s Voices program, founded by local teachers AO Forbes and Willard Clapper to cultivate responsible citizenship and ethical leadership in the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Each year, they open up a selection of their Politics of Sustainability classes to the public. Join us on these Monday nights at 6:30pm in the auditorium of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale for what are sure to be inspiring inter-generational conversations.

Free Members
Free Non Members
11/10/2014

6:30PM
Roaring Fork High School Auditorium
12/16/2014 - 3/31/2015

Ashcroft Snowshoe Tour

A must-do Aspen experience! Explore winter in Aspen on this half-day snowshoe tour in the beautiful and pristine Castle Creek Valley. Your Naturalist guide will share expertise on animal tracking, valley geology, avalanches, bird-life, winter habitats, and understanding sub-alpine ecology. Explore the historic Ashcroft ghost town, then walk through serene spruce and fir forests and open meadows on your way to gourmet lunch at the spectacular Pine Creek Cookhouse. Following lunch you'll meander through peaceful aspen groves on your return to the King Yurt. Tour takes place on varied terrain at a leisurely pace.

  • Everyday at 10:30AM. Meet at the King Yurt at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center, located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the round-about.
  • $110/person includes a 4-hour guided tour, snowshoe rental and basic instruction, Ashcroft trail pass, and a gourmet lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse (tax and tip included)
  • $70/person tour price with a-la-carte lunch option is available (you may order off the full Pine Creek Cookhouse lunch menu)
  • Shuttle service available leaving from the Wheeler Opera House at 10AM for $40 per person round-trip. Reserve when booking tour. Two-person minimum.
  • Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended
  • Two-person minimum required to run the tour.

Reservations are required: call ACES at 970-925-5756 during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) to book. After hours please dial 0 and leave a detailed message - we will confirm your reservation by 9AM the next business day. 48-hours notice recommended for tour reservations.

Ages: All Ages
12/16/2014 - 3/31/2015

10:30AM

Politics of Sustainability Lectures | Kevin Brehm

Kevin Brehm, Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, will present "Reinventing Fire: An Introduction to RMI" at the next Politics of Sustainability Lecture for Tomorrow's Voices.

Kevin joined RMI from the University of Colorado MBA program, where he focused on finance and sustainability while leading his peers as a class president. Kevin entered business school as an experienced educator, having facilitated learning as a classroom teacher and outdoor educator. From 2007 to 2009 Kevin served in the inaugural Denver Teach for America corps, during which time he taught secondary science and geography classes while collaborating on school and district-wide curriculum development teams.

Kevin has promoted and implemented community-level energy efficiency programs through experience with Utah Clean energy and Boulder County EnergySmart. In 2014 he conducted a market assessment for an innovative solar technology in a collaboration with NREL Commercialization Assistance Program.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is now home to the long-successful Tomorrow’s Voices program, founded by local teachers AO Forbes and Willard Clapper to cultivate responsible citizenship and ethical leadership in the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Each year, they open up a selection of their Politics of Sustainability classes to the public. Join us on these Monday nights at 6:30pm in the auditorium of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale for what are sure to be inspiring inter-generational conversations.

Free Members
Free Non Members
10/27/2014

6:30PM
Roaring Fork High School Auditorium

Teacher, Mentor, Advocate | Remembering Willard Clapper

Posted in Bulletin Board

Willard was loved and respected by our community and his recent passing has caused us to reflect on his excellent life. Willard was known for his big bear hugs and quick wit, but also for a life dedicated to investing in the future of his community. Many in Aspen knew him for his service at the volunteer fire department, but we at ACES knew him as an educator, a mentor, and advocate.


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