12/15/2014 - 3/31/2015
12/15/2014 - 4/17/2015
12/15/2014 - 4/17/2015
12/15/2014 - 4/17/2015
Fridays
12/19/2014 - 3/27/2015
Mondays
2/02/2015 - 3/30/2015

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 understanding sub-alpine ecology. 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. Tour takes place on varied terrain at a leisurely pace.

  • 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.
  • $115/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).
  • $75/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 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.

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

Ages: All Ages
12/15/2014 - 3/31/2015

10:30AM
Ashcroft, Castle Creek Valley

Politics of Sustainability Lectures | Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsburg will be present on his experience as a photo journalist in Afghanistan over the past two decades. Robert is an award-winning photojournalist who covered Afghanistan for 25 years for Time magazine and The New York Times from 1988-2013. His new book, Afghanistan - A Distant War, won the Olivier Rebbot Award in 2014 from the Overseas Press Club for the best reporting from abroad in books and magazines, and chronicles Afghanistan from when the Soviet Army withdrew in 1988 until the beginning of the US-NATO withdrawal in 2013. The book "captures the brutality and suffering, often amid stunning beauty,of the convulsions that have engulfed Afghanistan. Here he presents an extraordinary portfolio of images, accompanied by incisive commentary, that explains the country's tragic history."

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is now home to the long-successful Tomorrow’s Voices program, founded by local teachers AO Forbes and the late 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 for what is sure to be an inspiring inter-generational conversation.

Free Members
Free Non Members
3/02/2015

7:15PM - 9PM
The Barn at Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Rock Bottom Ranch Easter Hams

Eat local this Easter with bone-in smoked hams from Rock Bottom Ranch! Our heritage-breed pigs are pasture-raised and Animal Welfare Approved, certifying they were raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. Click hereto learn more about our sustainably-raised pigs.

Orders must be placed with deposit by March 28. Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served. Hams will be prepared on a made-to-order basis. 

• $9.99 per pound + tax
• Estimated weight: 6 - 8 pounds each
• Estimated cost: $60 - $80 each
• Pickup at Rock Bottom Ranch on April 2nd or 3rd between 9AM and 5PM
• Pickup at Hallam Lake on April 3rd between 10AM and 4PM. 

ACES members at the Bighorn Sheep ($300) level and above enjoy early access to these sustainably-raised hams and received purchasing information via email on February 20. Hams will be available to the public on March 5.

Click here to reserve your ham with a $30 deposit.*
The remainder of the cost will be due at pickup. 

Call or email Jason Smith with questions at 970-927-6760 or jsmith@aspennature.org.

 

*By placing my order and deposit for bone-in smoked ham(s), I agree that I am purchasing a USDA-inspected fresh ham(s) that will be cured and smoked by Innovative Foods, LLC, Evans, Colorado.  Innovative Foods, LLC will prepare the ham(s) to meet all food-handling requirements as established by the State of Colorado.  I authorize a representative of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) to accept delivery of the ham(s) from Innovative Foods, LLC and transport theham(s) to Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, Colorado or Hallam Lake, Aspen, Colorado.  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 12pm on December 24, 2014, I will forego my deposit and ACES will retain the ham(s). 

3/28/2015

Wildside with ACES

Join an ACES Naturalist for a fun and informative program with our educational animals! Animal guests may include ACES resident Great Horned Owl, boa constrictor, tarantula, bearded dragon, and more. ACES Naturalists will highlight special animal adaptations and unusual facts in this participatory, hands-on experience. 

  • Mondays (February – March) at 4PM. Meet at the Snowmass Info Lounge in Base Village (across from Clark's Express).
  • This is a complimentary VIK Snowmass program.
  • No reservations.
  • Call ACES during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) with any questions.

Program made possible through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, Related, and Snowmass Hospitality.

Free Members
Free Non Members
2/02/2015 - 3/30/2015

4PM
Snowmass Info Lounge in Base Village (across from Clark's Express)

Valentine's Drive

Valentine's Day is coming up...do you have a tweetheart?

This Valentine's Day, sweeten someone's day with a handmade, heart-shaped bird seed valentine and help underwrite ACES Raptor Residency and Education Programs.

For a $20 donation your valentine will be hand-made, gift wrapped, and mailed in a special box with a personalized valentine featuring a bird pun of your choice. 

1. Owl be yours, Valentine!
2. Love at first flight. Happy Valentine's Day!
3. I'll sparrow no expense for you, Valentine!
4. Will you be my tweetheart?
5. You're a hoot. Happy Valentine's Day!

You may order multiple valentines to be sent to different addresses. To ensure out of town delivery by February 14th, order by February 5th. For delivery in the Roaring Fork Valley, order by February 9th. Valentines can be purchased for pick up at Hallam Lake.

 

Save the date for ACES Raptor Fair at Hallam Lake:
Friday, July 3, 2015, from 3PM - 6PM
Generously sponsored by:

 

 

1/29/2015 - 2/14/2015

Your Change Creates Change

Support ACES Children's Education Fund every time you shop at Whole Foods Market Roaring Valley!

ACES has been chosen as a recipient of Whole Food's "Your Change Creates Change" program. Through April 12, bring in your reusable shoping bags and donate your bag credit to ACES in support of environmental science education throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Thank you for supporting our important work!
 
4/12/2015

Capturing Glacial Change Through 3D Time-lapse Photography on the Helheim Glacier, Greenland

At nearly 4-miles wide and flowing at speeds of up to 90-feet per day, the Helheim Glacier in southeast Greenland is one of the main tidewater glaciers draining the Greenland Ice Sheet, contributing to global sea level rise. Capturing measurements of the glaciers movement on a daily timescale, needed to understand how changing atmospheric and ocean conditions affect the glaciers speed, is extremely difficult due to its vast scale and remote location. Satellite imagery provides detailed information on these areas, but rely on long orbit times and clear skies to image the glacier. Onsite time-lapse cameras installed at glaciers around the world have visually uncovered the hourly movement of the ice, yet are not quantitative measurements. In this talk, LeWinter will discuss the Greenland Atlas Project designed to fill this gap in knowledge, from the multiple years of developing and testing a long-range laser scanner, to the engineering of the fully autonomous terrestrial laser scanner (Atlas) system to be deployed and operated year-round at Helheim Glacier to capture high-resolution 3D time-lapse imagery. The system is complex, must be completely self-powered and controlled onsite, and will be faced with some of the harshest conditions on the planet.

Adam LeWinter is an engineer and scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, where he focuses on large scale changes in glacier, alpine, and volcanic settings using state-of-the-art laser scanning. Ranging from the Greenland Ice Sheet to Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, LeWinter specializes in collecting visually captivating data in the most extreme environs. LeWinter was the lead engineer and field manager for the Extreme Ice Survey, and is an Emmy Award winner for his work on the film Chasing Ice. His work aims to reveal processes in nature that are hidden to the naked eye.

 

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and Paradise Bakery cookies will be offered.

Adam will also be presenting on Wednesday, January 21 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center.

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon.

 

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1/22/2015
Hallam Lake
7PM

A Fire History of Hunter Creek Valley

Fire is a critical ecosystem process shaping patterns of forest characteristics from stands to landscapes in the western United States. Following a century of fire suppression practices in the region, natural patterns of wildfire have been significantly altered in many forest types, resulting in significant ecological consequences. Specifically, unnatural patterns of fire have resulted in unnatural forest conditions (species composition and tree density) and set the stage for extensive, high-severity fires and bark beetle outbreaks. Consequently, forest ecosystem management actions are focused on restoring forests to pre-fire suppression characteristics. Restoring forests to natural conditions has the added benefit of increasing forest resilience to the impacts of climate change. However, not all forests have been impacted by fire suppression, and management activities intended to restore stands in these forests could actually create unnatural forest conditions and decrease system resilience to climate change impacts. Consequently, it is essential to identify the need for restoration for individual sites and forest types before implementing restoration activities. In this talk Jason will present results from a tree-ring based reconstruct of fire history for Smuggler Mountain and the Hunter Creek drainage, and their implications for the need for forest restoration at the site.

Jason S. Sibold (PhD) is an assistant professor of geography in the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University. Dr. Sibold’s research focuses on the role of wildfire, insect outbreaks and their interactions in shaping forests in the US RockyMountains and southern Chile. Dr. Sibold was recently called to testify before the House Committee on Natural Resources on the scientific understanding of bark beetle outbreaks and their interactions with wildfires. His research is supported by the National Park Service, US Geological Survey, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Fulbright Scholars Program and Joint Fire Sciences Program and has been published in journals including Ecological Applications, Journal of Biogeography, Canadian Journal of Forest Research and Landscape Ecology.

 

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and Paradise Bakery cookies will be offered.

Jason will also be presenting on Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center.

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon.

 

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3/12/2015
Hallam Lake
7PM

DamNation

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. Click here to learn more about the film.

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and Paradise Bakery cookies will be offered.

The film will also be screened on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center. Please note: the film screening has been rescheduled from the originally published date of January 14 & 15.

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon.

 

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3/05/2015
Hallam Lake
7PM

Lessons in Protecting Wildlands from Oil and Gas Development

Over the past two decades several pristine National Forest lands in Montana and Wyoming have faced threats from inappropriate oil and gas development. This includes the Rocky Mountain Front and North Fork Flathead watershed in Montana and the Wyoming Range south of Jackson Hole. But through a combination of forest service planning efforts, enacted withdrawal legislation, and lease buyouts, these areas -- which total over two million acres -- are today largely protected. This talk will present lessons learned from these high profile campaigns and include discussion on what this means for protecting Colorado’s Thompson Creek Divide.

Peter serves as the Senior Director of the Northern Rockies region for the Wilderness Society. Previously, Peter worked at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, first as a Program Associate and later as their Mining Issues Coordinator. He has also worked in Canmore, Alberta as the Outreach and Media Coordinator for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, a network of over a hundred Canadian and American conservation groups working to maintain habitat connectivity from the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem to the central Yukon Territory. Peter earned B.A. degrees in Geology and in Environmental Studies from Williams College and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan.

 

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and Paradise Bakery cookies will be offered.

Peter will also be presenting on Wednesday, February 25 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center. 

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon.

Photo by Jeff Vantine

 

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2/26/2015
Hallam Lake
7PM
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