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

Jessica Catto Dialogue | Michael Curtin

Michael Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen (DCCK), will present a free Jessica Catto Dialogue lecture on August 9th at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. The lecture, entitled “8 Rules for Righteous Entrepreneurs,” will explore specific decisions from DCCK’s most challenging situations to illustrate the rules of righteous entrepreneurship and how those rules have created tangible new best practices for social enterprises. 

DC Central Kitchen is America's leader in rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise programs such as training unemployed adults for culinary careers and reducing hunger with recycled food. When Mike joined DCCK in 2004, he drew on his experiences as an entrepreneur in the restaurant business to fund and launch DCCK’s Nutrition Lab Facility and expand the Kitchen’s social enterprise portfolio from a small catering outfit to include a full-service catering, contract meals, locally-sourced, scratched-cooked school meals, and a wholesale program that delivers fresh produce and healthy snacks to corner stores in Washington DC’s food deserts. These efforts engage local farmers, graduates from the DCCK culinary job training program, area school children, tens thousands of volunteers, local merchants, federal and local governments, private foundations, corporations, and individual investors to create more access to healthy food and feed rural and urban economies while reducing recidivism and community carbon foot prints. DCCK employs over 150 people, including 60 graduates of the Kitchen’s nationally recognized Culinary Job Training Program, which trains formerly incarcerated, addicted, homeless or chronically unemployed individuals. 

As a result of this work centered around food, economic, and environmental justice, DCCK has been featured in the District of Columbia’s “Sustainable DC” Plan. Additionally, DCCK has been honored with the Washington Business Journal’s “Green Business Award for Innovation” (2010), the “DC Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award,” The DC Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact Award” (2012), and the 2015 “Grand Prize Golden Carrot Award” from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which “recognizes food service professionals doing an exceptional job of improving the healthfulness of school lunches.” 

Mike lives with his wife, Maureen, and their three children, Maeve, Michael III and Ciara, in Falls Church, VA.

Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to Paepcke Auditorium as parking is very limited. RSVP does not reserve a seat.

ACES’ Jessica Catto Dialogues honor the environmental legacy of Jessica Hobby Catto through a speaker series featuring visionary thinkers and doers from all realms of environmental concerns. The series is supported by the Catto and Shaw families in Jessica’s memory.


Image via Foodtank.com
8/09/2016

6PM
Paepcke Auditorium

Valentine's Drive for the Birds

Whooooo's Your Valentine?

This Valentine's Day, send a unique, hand-made, heart-shaped birdseed valentine to someone special and help underwrite ACES 2017 Raptor Fair. 

For $20 your valentine will be gift wrapped and mailed in a special box with a personalized tag featuring bird pun of your choice.

Recipients can hang the natural ornament outside for hours of bird entertainment.

 

Valentines will be available for purchase online beginning January 30th.

You may order multiple valentines to be sent to different addresses (anywhere in the continental US)!

Suggested order dates for delivery by Sunday, February 14th:
Order by February 8th for out of town delivery.
Order by February 9th for Aspen/Snowmass delivery. 

Valentines can be purchased for pick up at Hallam Lake (price remains $20). 

Save the date for ACES Raptor Fair at Hallam Lake:
Monday, July 3, 2017 

 

1/30/2017 - 2/14/2017

Italy on Two Wheels: A Father-Son Motorcycle Trip from Rome to Sicily

In September of 2015, Roaring Fork Valley locals Frank and Anthony Todaro lost their wife and mother (respectively) due to an unexpected medical condition. In the month following, during a time of particularly nice reflection, Frank shared a story from his childhood about a romantic interest he had once had when he was a kid living in Italy with his father. The story left the two in tears with both happiness and longing to share that closeness with long lost family members.

Anthony and Frank hatched a plan to go visit the small town of Santo Stefano di Camastra on the North coast of the island of Sicily and reconnect with long lost relatives. Frank hadn’t been back to the town, where his father was born, in over 42 years. Anthony suggested they fly to Rome, rent a car, and drive South to Sicily. It soon dawned on the pair, two motorcycle afficionados, to ride motorcycles instead! A quick Google search revealed an international touring company with bikes to rent and after a few emails back and forth, it was solidified that the two would go in the following year and tour southern Italy via two BMW motorcyles. On October 1st, 2016 the plane departed Denver International Airport enroute to Rome Fuimincino and the adventure began.  

Join Anthony, a Pitkin County Deputy, for stories from their 18-day journey of excitement, happiness, and joy as father and son navigated their way South through the Amalfi Coast, the region of Calabria, and the beautiful Southern Coast of Italy.

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

Free Members
$5 Non Members
2/15/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM

Lessons from India

Join former Olympian, X Games champion, ESPN ESPY award winter, and ACES trustee Gretchen Bleiler for stories from a recent trip to India following her 2014 retirement. Gretchen, an Aspen native, has turned her 15-year snowboarding career into a successful business and a powerful brand as an outspoken environmental advocate, writer, speaker, model, spokesperson and designer. Yoga and meditation have always been a foundation to Gretchen’s pursuits and two years after her retirement, the bread crumbs Gretchen had been following lead her to India to practice and study with Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in in Khajuraho, India.   

In this presentation, Gretchen will share her reflections and experiences from a profound 24 hours in Varanasi to a month-long immersion at the Himalayan Institute. She will discuss how the land, teachings, culture and way of life that is so drastically different from our own, helped shape her transition from life as a professional competitive snowboarder to the next step developing her company, ALEX, from a product into a brand and movement she wishes to inspire in the world- “The Art of Living Extraordinarily.”

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

Free Members
$5 Non Members
2/08/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM

Peace Corps Perspectives: A Namibian Experience

Ever considered joining the Peace Corps? Ever regretted not taking the opportunity to live and work abroad? Join Aspen native Linnea Carver for stories from her experience serving in the Peace Corps as a teacher in Northern Namibia.

Linnea left for her 27-month commitment to Peace Corps in July 2014 and spent the next two years living with a host family in Omufitu Wanauyala village. While there, Linnea taught English, Natural Science, Health Education, Basic Information Science, and Biology to fifth through tenth grade students, in addition to executing a variety of other community projects in the area. The Peace Corps offered a rewarding opportunity to build lasting relationships with host-families, colleagues, students and other Peace Corps Volunteers while facilitating cross-cultural exchanges. Linnea’s most memorable part of service was living with her host family - a single, powerful matriarch and her gaggle of extended family members - from whom Linnea learned the local culture, language, and way of life on their subsistence farm.

Join Linnea to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Namibia - if you’re passionate about traveling abroad, curious about unique place and people, or are considering joining the Peace Corps this Potbelly Perspective is for you!

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

Free Members
$5 Non Members
1/04/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM

Small Mountain Owls

Scott will speak about his wide-ranging research interests concerning the tiny owls that inhabit the area in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. There have been many unanswered questions about the Northern Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy, Flammulated and Boreal Owls such as preferred nesting habitat, longevity, favored prey, and site fidelity. With his dedicated volunteers, banding station data and hands-on rehabilitation experience, Scott is increasing our understanding of these charismatic creatures.

Scott Rashid is an artist, author, bird rehabilitator and is the director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute or CARRI. For the past 30 years, Scott has been researching a wide variety of bird species. including the Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Barn Owl, and Northern Goshawk, just to name a few. Scott has been working with Great Horned Owls for more than 30 years, through research and rehabilitation of the owls.

This week's Naturalist Night is a special schedule, with the Aspen presentation on Tuesday, March 7th, instead of Thursday. Scott will be presenting as usual on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center. Join ACES for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, March 9th at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. 

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and cookies will be offered at both events.

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

 

Thanks to our 2017 community sponsors for making it possible to film the Naturalist Nights series. Watch past presentations on our YouTube channel, here.

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3/07/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM

Cutthroat Trout: Conservation Through Uncertainty

For decades, biologists accepted that Colorado’s native cutthroat trout could be distinguished by their location: Greenbacks were east of the Continental Divide, Colorado River cutthroat were west, Rio Grande cutthroat were in their namesake watershed, and the Yellowfin cutthroat have been extinct from Twin Lakes since the early 1900s. However, using innovative genetic technology, researchers recently revealed that remnant Greenback populations on the eastern slope were actually Colorado River cutthroat trout, and fish that genetically resembled Greenbacks were unexpectedly numerous on the western slope. This was a blow to recovery efforts for Colorado's Greenback cutthroat trout, a Threatened Species, and native trout conservation in general. It was unclear if this reflected the widespread sportfish stocking efforts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, or a gap in the knowledge about our indigenous cutthroat trout. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) spurred efforts to address this uncertainty. Following an exhaustive search through historic stocking records, examination of trout specimens collected by the explorers, and advancements in genetic technologies, it is now understood that Colorado had not four, but six distinct populations of cutthroat trout indigenous to the six major watersheds in the state. Kendall Bakich, Fisheries Biologist at CPW, will discuss and explain these results. CPW has always used the "best available science" to protect the legacy of our native cutthroat and Kendall will outline how the agency continues to work on the frontline to preserve native trout diversity and enhance resiliency so the species persist well into the future.

Kendall Bakich is an Aquatic Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. For the last 9 years, Kendall has helped manage and conserve local sportfish populations, both native and introduced, in the Eagle and Roaring Fork watersheds, as well as the Colorado River and its tributaries between Canyon Creek and State Bridge. Born and raised in Colorado, she earned her undergraduate degree Cornell College in Iowa, where she spent summers investigating ecosystems in the Boundary Waters and documenting seasonal migration of raptors through eastern Iowa. Kendall received a Master of Science in Fishery and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University after studying the physiological responses to temperature in adult Chinook Salmon from the Trinity River, California.

Kendall will also be presenting on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center.

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and cookies will be offered at both events.

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

 

Thanks to our 2017 community sponsors for making it possible to film the Naturalist Nights series. Watch past presentations on our YouTube channel, here.

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3/02/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM

Public Response to Fire Management: Conventional Wisdom vs. Reality

Having an accurate understanding of social dynamics is critical to improving forest health and decreasing wildfire risk. However, many of the descriptions about the public's relationship with wildfire are based on conventional wisdoms that may or may not be accurate. This presentation will summarize findings from over 60 fire social science studies with particular emphasis on the accuracy of various accepted truths about the public and fire management. It will also discuss the variables that actually influence approval of different fire management practices and what has been learned about how to most effectively foster changes in behavior and social norms.

Sarah McCaffrey, Ph.D. is a Research Forester for the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Her research focuses on the social aspects of fire management. This work has included projects examining wildfire risk perception, social acceptability of prescribed fire and thinning, characteristics of effective communication programs, and incentives for creation and maintenance of defensible space. She has also initiated work examining social issues that occur during and after fires including evacuation decision making, agency-community interaction during fires, and long-term health impacts of experiencing a fire. She received her Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science in 2002 from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sarah will also be presenting on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center.

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and A Bud and cookies will be offered at both events.

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

 

Thanks to our 2017 community sponsors for making it possible to film the Naturalist Nights series. Watch past presentations on our YouTube channel, here.

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2/23/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM

Energy Development Impacts on Wildlife: Lessons Learned for the Next Energy Boom

A comprehensive research program on mule deer and other species in northwestern Colorado have given us unprecedented insight into the impacts of this dominant driver of land use change in North America. Most species show behavior shifts in activity or landscape use in relation to human presence. The response of mule deer has been most thoroughly studied. While we see serious behavior shifts, these changes do not necessarily translate into population impacts. The boom and bust cycles of development pressure and mild winters caused by climate change may alleviate the most serious impacts of this activity on some wildlife populations. Controversies currently in the press around this topic will be discussed.

George Wittemyer is an associate professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conservation ecology. George’s research interests include investigation of the impacts of human pressures on natural systems. Human activities are causing major ecological changes from the alteration of species life history strategies to, in the worst case, population collapse. The long term impacts of these changes on species survival and ecosystem functioning are largely unknown. His research strives to provide greater understanding of the factors influencing ecosystems and the manner in which species respond to these influences, with the ultimate aim of providing empirical based information and strategies to address the many conservation challenges we face today. George works to actively translate these research outputs into policy and conservation actions.

George will also be presenting on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center.

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

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

 

Thanks to our 2017 community sponsors for making it possible to film the Naturalist Nights series. Watch past presentations on our YouTube channel, here.

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2/16/2017
Hallam Lake
7PM
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