Daily
12/14/2015 - 3/31/2016
Daily
12/14/2015 - 4/15/2016
Daily
12/14/2015 - 4/10/2016
Daily
12/18/2015 - 4/10/2016
Fridays
12/18/2015 - 4/01/2016
Mondays
12/21/2015 - 3/28/2016
Tuesdays
1/05/2016 - 3/29/2016
Fridays
1/08/2016 - 4/08/2016

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. 

  • Every day at 10:30AM. Meet at the King Cabin at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center, located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the round-about.
  • $130/person includes: 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).
  • $85/person tour price with a-la-carte lunch option is available (you may order off the full Pine Creek Cookhouse lunch menu).
  • 3.5 miles round trip, tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace. 
  • Shuttle service available leaving from the Wheeler Opera House at 10AM. $45/person round-trip. 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.

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

Ages: All Ages
12/14/2015 - 3/31/2016

10:30AM
Ashcroft, Castle Creek Valley

Toklat Workshop | Leather Crafting

Leather is timeless and boundless. Join the Cold Mountain Craft Creator for an exploration into his simple style of leather crafting. We'll go from raw material to fine and functional finished goods using simple hand tools. Each person will leave with a useful item of their own design and have the opportunity to turn some scrap into a unique creation from their own imagination. 

This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided.
Please RSVP below. 
3/13/2016
Toklat
2PM - 6PM

Toklat Workshop | Bread Baking

Who doesn't love bread? Learn the secrets of baking a delicious loaf of bread from scratch in just a few hours with Naturalist Chris Dominick. This class will focus on techniques to maximize sourdough flavor in a limited amount of time. Participants will walk away with the confidence to be creative and start experimenting with baking bread in their own kitchen. **not a gluten-free event**

This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided.
Please RSVP below. 
3/04/2016
Toklat
6PM - 10PM

Toklat Workshop | Snow Awareness

Spend an afternoon practicing your snow awareness with Naturalist Alex Tarika! The workshop will include an overview of the causes of avalanches and how to recognize them. We'll go outside and practice digging snow pits to analyze snowpack and assess snow conditions. We'll also practice using beacons and efficient digging approaches. Most of the day we'll be outside in the meadows and woods surrounding Toklat, so dress warmly! You do not need to have your own beacon or a backcountry ski setup for the workshop, but bring your beacons if you have them.

This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Please RSVP below. 
2/28/2016
Toklat
10AM - 4PM

Toklat Final Friday Jam Session | March

Join Mentor Naturalist Bobby Demarinis for the third Final Friday Jam Session at ACES at the Catto Center at Toklat! Musicians of all skill levels are welcome. We will meet to tune up and jam together with the goal to create some fun & beautiful melodies. Toklat has a great collection of songbooks and instruments that we can use as inspiration to get us rolling. Participants are encourage to bring instruments as well. Snacks will be provided to fuel our musical prowess.

We’re looking forward to doing some fun picking with the Toklat community!

This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Please RSVP below. 

3/25/2016
Toklat
6:30PM

Toklat Book Club

The Toklat Book Club will aim to read approximately one book a month and gather for a fireside, evening discussion. We will select literary works, including novels, essays, biographies, poetry, and more, that connect to nature in some way.

Our first book is "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate," which tells the fictional story of an 11 year old girl growing up in Texas in 1899. The black sheep of her family, she finds her place by exploring the natural world around her. It is a fun, easy read that offers plenty of room for reflection on the role of nature in our lives. 

Book club participants are expected to read the book before the group discussion, held at 6pm on Tuesday, February 16th. 

Light refreshments provided.
This is a free program, donations welcome.

Please RSVP below. 

2/16/2016
Toklat
6PM

Toklat Final Friday Jam Session | February

Join Mentor Naturalist Bobby Demarinis for the second Final Friday Jam Session at ACES at the Catto Center at Toklat! Musicians of all skill levels are welcome. We will meet to tune up and jam together with the goal to create some fun & beautiful melodies. Toklat has a great collection of songbooks and instruments that we can use as inspiration to get us rolling. Participants are encourage to bring instruments as well. Snacks will be provided to fuel our musical prowess.

We’re looking forward to doing some fun picking with the Toklat community!

This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Please RSVP below. 

2/26/2016
Toklat
6:30PM

Aspen U | Why Natural History Matters

Chris Filardi recently collected the first Moustached Kingfisher any human had encountered in 20 years, in the Solomon Islands. Shortly thereafter, he started receiving death threats. From the inner workings of our bodies to grand cycles of change in climate and ecosystems, science has incredible power to reveal the natural architectures that maintain our lives and lifestyles. Still, we struggle to integrate the best science into real world decision-making. Chris will talk about the way basic natural history – the act of meticulously and persistently recording observations of the living world – can help us live better lives, and can fuel the social engines for confronting big issues like ecosystem degradation and climate change. Using examples from fieldwork with grizzly bears, remote island birds, and the people who have lived alongside these animals beyond memory, Chris will talk about why natural history matters in our everyday lives and how it is important to confronting some of the great challenges to human societies.

Dr. Chris Filardi is Director of Pacific Programs at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York.

ACES has partnered with Aspen Snowmass to present this Aspen U Speaker Series lecture.


4/05/2016

5:30PM
Limelight

Aspen U | Most Likely to Succeed

Join community partners for a documentary about the consequences of neglecting innovation in our education system. Most Likely to Succeed has been called the best film ever made on the topic of school—both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again. 

ACES has partnered with Aspen Snowmass, Basalt Regional Library, George Stranahan, & Our Children Our Schools: Basalt to present this Aspen U Speaker Series film screening.


3/01/2016

5:30PM
Basalt Regional Library

Aspen U | The Future of Public Lands in the West: Challenges, History, and Controversy

Scott Fitzwilliams, the Forest Supervision for the White River National Forest, will provide insight on the current public lands controversy in this free Aspen U lecture.

While life is good in Aspen, all ain’t so rosy outside the bubble. The Bundy family won’t pay to graze on public lands in Nevada, and more recently staged an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon. Meanwhile, others call for states to take over federal land. Scott's presentation will address questions like: What’s the historical context of these movements? What’s behind the call for public land transfers to state authority? What do we do now? And what does these questions mean for our local public lands? Lecture will inlude an audience Q & A, bring your questions!

In addition to managing the most visited national forest in the U.S., Scott has worked in Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and Oregon. 

ACES has partnered with Aspen Snowmass to present this Aspen U Speaker Series lecture.


Image via The Aspen Times

2/17/2016

5:30PM
Limelight Aspen
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