Daily
12/12/2016 - 3/31/2017
Daily
12/12/2016 - 4/14/2017
Daily
12/12/2016 - 4/14/2017
Daily
12/12/2016 - 4/14/2017
Mondays | a Snowmass VIK program
12/19/2016 - 3/27/2017
Fridays & select Tuesdays
12/23/2016 - 4/07/2017
Tuesdays
1/03/2017 - 3/28/2017
Fridays
1/06/2017 - 4/14/2017

Snowshoe & Ski Tours

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 sub-alpine ecology. You will explore the historic Ashcroft ghost town and walk through serene spruce and fir forests and open meadows on your way to a gourmet lunch at the spectacular Pine Creek Cookhouse. Following lunch, you'll meander through peaceful aspen groves on your return to the King Cabin. 

  • Offered every day that PCCH is open at 10:30AM. Meet at the King Cabin at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center, located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the round-about.
  • $135 per person all-inclusive: 4-hour guided tour, snowshoe rental and basic instruction, Ashcroft trail pass, and lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse (prix fixe menu, tax and tip included).
  • $90 per person tour price, pay separately for a-la-carte lunch to order off the full Pine Creek Cookhouse lunch menu and/or enjoy drinks from the bar.
  • 3.5 miles round trip, tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace. 
  • SnowLimo shuttle service available leaving from the Wheeler Opera House at 10AM. Reserve separetly with SnowLimo. 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.

*Prices TBD by November 15, 2016

Tours made possible through a partnership between ACES, Ashcroft Ski Touring/Pine Creek Cookhouse, and the White River National Forest (USFS).

Ages: All Ages
12/12/2016 - 3/31/2017

10:30AM
Ashcroft, Castle Creek Valley

Earth Day Celebration & Green Drinks Kick-off

Join ACES and the City of Aspen to celebrate Earth Day and ring in the start of the 2017 Green Drinks season! Head to Hallam Lake to meet community members interested in environmental issues, explore the nature preserve, and enjoy locally sourced snacks from Rock Bottom Ranch, and libations. Earth Day activities sponsored by a range of local organizations will include advocacy opportunities, a photo booth, interactive games prizes, and more.

 

Presented in partnership with:

Free Members
Free Non Members
4/19/2017

5PM - 7PM
Hallam Lake

Family Energy Night

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Join ACES Educators to explore renewable energy! Guests will enjoy hands-on energy-themed activities such as using a bike generator to make a sustainable snack!

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/31/2017

3PM - 5PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

Family Owl Night

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Join ACES Educators to learn all about masters of the night sky, owls! Guests will meet ACES' resident Great Horned Owl, examine raptor props and enjoy owl-themed activities. 

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/24/2017

3PM - 5PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

Centennial Skiing Lecture with Ted & Christy Mahon

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Join local mountaineering duo Ted and Christy Mahon for stories from their ultimate backyard adventure, skiing Colorado's one hundred tallest peaks! In 2015, the Aspen-based couple and their friend Chris Davenport became the first people to complete successful ski descents of the Centennial Peaks. The accomplishment earned the trio a nomination for National Geographic Adventurers of the Year! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, ski mountaineering, and ACES' Children's Education Fund at this free presentation.

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/17/2017

4PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

Family Storytime + Hot Chocolate

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Families are invited to cozy up with some hot chocolate and join local children's book author Julie Case for a reading of her newly released story, Emma and the Whale! Follow along on the adventures of Emma and her pup Nemo as they help a whale calf that has become stranded on the seashore near their home. Complemented by illustrations that emphasize the splendor of the natural world, the "conservationist story is ideal for introducing little ones to the importance of compassion—toward both the earth and the creatures we share it with."

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/10/2017

4PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

ACES Member Discount Day + Après Party

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Kick off ACES' Children's Education Fund Drive with the Members Discount Day, on Friday, March 3rd! ACES Members will receive 20% off their purchase (10% off sale items) all day long.

From 3PM - 5PM, join ACES staff for an après ski celebration featuring beer and wine, activites for all ages, and more! 

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/03/2017

all day (ACES Members Sale)
3PM - 5PM (Après Party)

Rock Bottom Ranch Ham & Lamb Sale

Eat local this Easter season with smoked hams and leg of lamb from Rock Bottom Ranch! Our heritage-breed pigs and lambs are pasture-raised and Animal Welfare Approved, certifying they were raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. Click here to learn more about our sustainably-raised livestock.
 
ACES members at the Bighorn Sheep ($300) level and above enjoy early access to these sustainably-raised products and will receive purchasing information via email on March 15th. Products will be available to the public on April 1st, dependant on availability.
 
Orders must be placed with deposit* by April 12, the remainder of the cost will be due at pickup. Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served.
 
Boneless Hams:
$10.99/lb.
sizes vary from 4lb to 10+lb (select size preference when ordering)
 
Boneless Leg of Lamb:
$15.99/lb   
sizes vary from 1 1/4 lb to 3lb (select size preference when ordering)
 
Pickup at Rock Bottom Ranch on April 13th or 14th between 9AM and 5PM
Pickup at Hallam Lake on April 14th between 10AM and 4PM.
 
Call or email Jason Smith with questions at 970.927.6760 or jsmith@aspennature.org
 
*By placing my order and deposit for ranch products, I agree to pay ACES the remaining outstanding amount for the products at pick-up.  If I fail to pay in-full and pick-up the products by 4:00PM on April 14th, 2017, I will forego my deposit and ACES will retain the products. 
3/15/2017 - 4/14/2017

Toklat Book Club

The Toklat Book Club to discuss David Abrams’ Spell of the Sensuous. “An accomplished sleight-of-hand magician as well as a gifted philosopher, David Abram has lived and traded magic with indigenous sorcerers on several continents. Starting from the intimate relation between these traditional magicians and the animals, plants, and natural elements that surround them, The Spell of the Sensuous draws us into a remarkable series of investigations regarding the fluid, participatory nature of perception, and the reciprocity between our senses and the sensuous earth. The book unfolds into an exploration of language, and of the power our words have to enhance or to stifle the spontaneous life of the senses. Contrasting the spoken stories of diverse indigenous oral cultures with ways of speaking common to literate civilization, The Spell of the Sensuous reveals the profound impact that writing (and the alphabet) has had upon the human experiences of time, of space, of earthly place.”  
Join the Toklat crew to discuss Abrams’ ideas around the fire.
Participants are expected to have read the book prior to the group discusion. Light refreshments will be provided. 
 
Participants must RSVP below.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
4/02/2017
Toklat
5PM - 8PM

Toklat Workshop | Indoor Planting

Join ACES Naturalist Holly Kistner for a planting party! Holly grew up with a love of playing in the dirt, particularly helping her mom plant their garden in the spring. We will seed herbs, flowers, or vegetables for individuals to take home and give out potted Toklat geraniums. Folks can also help prep and plant in the Toklat greenhouse. We encourage everyone to bring seeds and supplies for their own spring garden to supplement what we provide. BYOP: bring your own plants! Bring a dish to pass and share too for dinner! Holly will be making 3R Cookie Cake, an original Isabel Mace recipe. 
 
Participants must RSVP below; program will be capped at 12 people.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided.
3/26/2017
Toklat
5PM - 8PM
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