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

Colorado Gives Day

Participate in Colorado Gives Day and support Aspen Center for Environmental Studies by making your gift today!


Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 6, 2016 or pre-schedule your donation today to participate in the fifth annual Colorado Gives Day. Donations qualify for a boost from the FirstBank Incentive Fund to raise more for ACES! 

Make your end-of-the-year gift to ACES and direct your donation towards:

•    ACES Children’s Education Fund
•    Sustainable Agriculture at Rock Bottom Ranch
•    Forest Health Science and Restoration

Make a donation today!

Thank you for your support from all of us at ACES!

Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

12/06/2016

L'Hostaria Barolo Night with ACES

ACES is honored to have been chosen as the non-profit beneficiary for L'Hostaria's 20th Anniversary!

Join Tizano and ACES for great night of incredible wine and food pairings, with 20% of proceeds donated in support of ACES' Children's Education Fund. 

Barolo Night
Friday, November 18th

Dine in celebration of L'Hostaria and impact over 1,700 school children throughout the valley every week. ACES has expanded our ACES Ed programs beyond local elementary schools to include middle and high school students, not only in Aspen, but also in schools from Basalt to Rifle. ACES is now working with over 50 regional schools, providing full-time environmental science programs in dedicated ACES Ed classrooms at Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale elementary schools as well as outdoor field  science programs at ACES' four sites and ecologically significant areas like the Maroon Bells and Castle Creek Valleys.

Make your reservations today at 970-925-9022!

 

MENU

Bagna Cauda e Acciughe al Verde
traditional Piedmont fondue, organic Paonia vegetables & anchovies in parsley sauce
Giacomo Grimaldi, Barolo 2011

Ravioli ai funghi, Salvia e Burro Nocciola
wild mushroom ravioli & shaved Parmiggiano-Reggiano, sage butter sauce
Bongiovanni “Pernanno” Barolo 2009

Brasato di Manzo al Barolo
Barolo braised Mountain Primal Co. beef, roasted potatoes, sautéed organic Paonia vegetables, horseradish sauce
Enzo Boglietti “Brunate” Barolo 2003

Zabaglione e Biscotti
Sabayon and Homemade Cookies 

11/18/2016

L'Hostaria

Birdseed Sale

Stock up birdseed and pick out a Droll Yankee feeder for the birders on your gift list! Pre-order your black-oil sunflower seed to last the winter for an enjoyable season feeding the birds. Proceeds support our environmental education programs.

Birdseed orders must be placed by December 4th. Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served. Droll Yankee feeders are available for purchase at Hallam Lake.

  • 50lb bag of black-oil sunflower seed, $40 (includes tax).
  • Pick up at Rock Bottom on Wednesday, December 7* from 9AM - 5:30PM.
  • Pick it up at Hallam Lake on Thursday, December 8** from 9AM - 5:30PM.

 Call or email Jim Kravitz with questions at 970.925.5756 or jkravitz@aspennature.org.

*Sven the Elf is visiting Rock Bottom Ranch for an open house that Wednesday, December 7th from 2:30PM - 5:30PM, bring the whole family! Click here for more details.

*Olaf the Elf is visiting ACES that Thursday, December 8th from 4PM - 5:30PM, bring the whole family! Click here for more details.

Join us for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, on Saturday, December 31st. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

 

10/31/2016 - 12/04/2016

9AM - 5PM
Hallam Lake & Rock Bottom Ranch

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

ACES invites you to help count birds in the Aspen area during the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Birders of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in this important census that has helped assess the health of bird populations and guided conservation action since 1900. Across the Western Hemisphere, over 50,000 people count birds during local count events, many making the adventure of winter birding a seasonal tradition. Birders will meet at Hallam Lake before heading out to count in the Aspen area. Other ways to participate in addition to the count day, are: feeder watching, owling, and count-week observations.

Join Roaring Fork Audubon for the mid-valley Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Contact Tom McConnell for more information at 970-379-7356 or immac@rof.net.

View our summary of the 2014 CBC here, and get into the swing of local winter birding at our Birding with ACES class on December 2nd, January 6th, and the first Tuesday of the month throughout the winter season. We hope you'll join ACES bird guide Rebecca Weiss for this important citizen science event! 

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below.

 

12/31/2016

7:30AM - 3PM
Begins at Hallam Lake

Sven the Elf Visits Rock Bottom Ranch Open House

Celebrate the coming of winter at a Rock Bottom Ranch Open House with Sven, an elf who visits Rock Bottom Ranch every holiday season! Sven invites children and their families to visit the Ranch anytime between 2:30-5:30pm for a magical event. Join us for a puppet show, hot drinks around a campfire, and of course, helping Sven feed the farm animals!

Please RSVP below.

12/07/2016

2:30PM - 5:30PM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Olaf the Elf Visits Hallam Lake

Join us at Hallam Lake for a magical winter afternoon with Olaf, the winter elf who visits ACES every holiday season! Visitors will enjoy hot chocolate and holiday cheer with a story about Olaf, arts and crafts, and adventure out into the winter wonderland as you help Olaf feed the birds of Hallam Lake.

Please RSVP below.

12/08/2016

4:00PM - 5:30PM
Hallam Lake

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

ACES Après: Holiday Open House

Join us at Hallam Lake in the heart of Aspen to enjoy ACES during the holidays! Our holiday open house features guided snowshoe tours around the preserve, crafts for kids, hot drinks, wine, snacks and more! Don't miss the early evening "air show" of waterfowl coming to spend the night at Hallam Lake, explore the center, and learn about ACES while you enjoy the warmth of a small bonfire, the pleasure of good company, and the beautiful setting of Hallam Lake!

This event is part of ACRA's 12 Days of Aspen and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below.

Generously sponsored by:

 

12/27/2016

3:30PM - 6:30PM
Hallam Lake

Rock Bottom Ranch Holiday Hams

Enjoy boneless cured and smoked hams from Rock Bottom Ranch this holiday season! Our heritage-breed, pasture-raised pigs are Animal Welfare Approved, certifying they were raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. Click here to learn more about our sustainably-raised pigs. Click here for information about purchasing half pork shares to enjoy more heritage breed pork this season.

 Orders must be placed with deposit by December 15, the remainder of the cost will be due at pick up.* Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served. 

  • $10.99 per pound + tax
  • Estimated weight: 6 - 9 pounds each (9 servings on average)
  • Estimated cost: $65 - $95 each
  • Comprehensive preparation instructions included.
  • Pickup at Rock Bottom Ranch on December 22nd or 23rd between 9AM and 4PM.
  • Pickup at Hallam Lake on December 23rd between 9AM and 4PM. 

Call or email Jason Smith with questions at 970.927.6760 or jsmith@aspennature.org.

*By placing my order and deposit for ham(s), I agree to pay ACES the remaining outstanding amount for the ham(s) at pick-up.  If I fail to pay in-full and pick-up the ham(s) by 4:00PM on December 23, 2016, I will forego my deposit and ACES will retain the ham(s). 
11/17/2016 - 12/15/2016
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