Learn all about raptors in this close-up encounter with our resident, non-releasable birds of prey the Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this one-hour program!
$10 suggested donation per family / free for members.
Rain or shine!
6/16/2014 - 8/30/2014
4PM Monday - Friday
• 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
Wildflowers on Aspen Mountain
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
Monday, 11AM - 5PM
Tuesday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM
11247 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM
Saturday, 9AM - 1PM
Closed Labor Day
2001 Hooks Spur Road
Basalt, CO 81621
Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 5PM
Closed Labor Day
100 Puppy Smith Street
Aspen, CO 81611
Submitted by Jamie Cundiff on Fri, 09/04/2015 - 16:43
As climate change continues to trigger dramatic changes in our forest ecosystems, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) For the Forest program is committed to producing groundbreaking scientific research on forest issues and actively restoring our forest landscapes.
ACES is partnering with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Streams, Aspen Valley Land Trust, City of Aspen, Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to implement habitat improvements at North Star Nature Preserve, east of Aspen. Volunteers are needed to help plant native vegetation on a re-graded river bank in an attempt to restore the Roaring Fork River's degraded edges. The group's work will be focused on two streches that amount to more than 600 feet of river bank.
Volunteers will meet from 8:30AM to 5PM on Saturday, September 19. Dinner will be provided. This is a family friendly project.
Volunteers should bring warm clothes, sun protection, rain gear, long sleeved shirt and pants, closed toed shoes, water, and your own lunch. Please bring work gloves as well if you have them. Tools will be provided.
Visit RFOV.org to register for this volunteer opportunity.
8:30AM - 5PM
North Star Nature Preserve
Join ACES, City of Aspen Parks and Recreation, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails for "Local Food to the Rescue" a lecture by Joel Salatin, famed farmer of Polyface, Inc.
For local food to be a credible part of the global food system it must develop six integrated components: production, processing, marketing, accounting, distribution and patrons. In this lecture Joel will educate our community on how to build a functional local food system, including economies of scale, collaborative food shed distribution, and meaningful volume.
Joel has been featured by food guru Michael Pollan in the New York Times
bestseller The Omnivore's Dilemma
, as well as the award-winning documentary, Food Inc.
Joel has authored nine books on the topic of farming and sustainability where he passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and countless other radio, television, and print media. Ever the entertainer, Joel describes his occupation as “mob-stocking herbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.” For more information, visit polyfacefarms.com
Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to Paepcke Auditorium as parking is very limited.
WE-cycle is generously offering free free and green rides to and from the lecture. Skip the parking hassles and pick up a WE-cycle at any of the 16 stations conveniently located around Aspen to ride to the Aspen Institute station adjacent to Paepcke Auditorium. Call 970.205.9222 to redeem.
This event is open to MountainSummit passholders only.
Presented by the Wheeler Opera House MountainSummit, ACES will host a coffee talk discussion on the Art of Flow. Local pro skier Chris Davenport will join professional highliner, film subject, and lead instructor for Slackline Industries, Josh Beaudoin (WALKING THROUGH FEAR: THE ART OF HIGHLINING), and film subject Jedidiah Jenkins (THE THOUSAND YEAR JOURNEY) as they explain the power of “flow”: a state of hyper-focus or hyper-concentration that drives their career and lives.
MountainSummit in Aspen is a documentary film festival, in partnership with Telluride Mountainfilm, that showcases non-fiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit.
10AM - 11:30AM
Free for MountainSummit passholders