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

Rock Bottom Ranch Easter Ham & Lamb Sale

Eat local this Easter 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 March 29, 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. 
2/20/2017 - 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

Toklat Workshop | Swing Dancing

Join ACES Mentor Naturalist Sam Hinkle for an introduction to swing dancing in the Toklat “dance hall.” Sam spent his high school years attending weekly swing dances at the local VA center with family and friends. He’d like to share this part of his childhood through a beginners’ swing clinic, covering basic East Coast and Lindy Hop steps, followed by a small, social dance. Bring your dancing feet and let’s cut a rug (figuratively)!

Participants must RSVP below; program will be capped at 16 people.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided. 


ACES and the Toklat family are excited to offer several new community programs in the coming months. The programs will take place every Sunday, 5-8 pm, at the Catto Center at Toklat. Each member of Toklat will focus on getting back to our roots, both as individuals formed by the culture of our childhoods and as a species interacting with our environment. And what better place to do so than a cabin named Toklat, named for the headwaters, the origins, of a glacially carved valley? Join us at the headwaters of the Castle Creek Valley as we get back to our roots through the following programs.
 
3/12/2017
Toklat
5PM - 8PM

Toklat Workshop | Sushi Making

Join ACES Naturalist Ali Hager for sushi making, a skill that was passed down to her from her Japanese grandfather. Sushi making skipped a generation in Ali’s family, as her grandfather (“Oji”) feared passing Japanese culture to his children would cause them to face the same discrimination he endured during and after World War II. Together we will learn about Japanese-American involvement in the war, traditional Japanese customs and table manners, and discuss basic ingredients, utensils, and techniques to make primarily vegetarian sushi rolls.

 
Participants must RSVP below; program will be capped at 10 people.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided.



ACES and the Toklat family are excited to offer several new community programs in the coming months. The programs will take place every Sunday, 5-8 pm, at the Catto Center at Toklat. Each member of Toklat will focus on getting back to our roots, both as individuals formed by the culture of our childhoods and as a species interacting with our environment. And what better place to do so than a cabin named Toklat, named for the headwaters, the origins, of a glacially carved valley? Join us at the headwaters of the Castle Creek Valley as we get back to our roots through the following programs.

 

2/12/2017
Toklat
5PM - 8PM

Toklat Workshop | Basic Ski Maintenance

Join ACES Naturalist Dayton Knutson for an evening of waxing your ski/snowboard for the next powder day. Dayton was born and raised in Colorado, skiing since he was 2 years old. He has since become an avid backcountry skier and ski-mountaineer, and as such, likes to take good care of his gear. Bring your skis/boards and learn how to hot wax your own equipment. Dayton will also share some pointers for cooking a delicious Colorado favorite, Green Chili.

Participants must RSVP below; program will be capped at 15 people.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided. 


ACES and the Toklat family are excited to offer several new community programs in the coming months. The programs will take place every Sunday, 5-8 pm, at the Catto Center at Toklat. Each member of Toklat will focus on getting back to our roots, both as individuals formed by the culture of our childhoods and as a species interacting with our environment. And what better place to do so than a cabin named Toklat, named for the headwaters, the origins, of a glacially carved valley? Join us at the headwaters of the Castle Creek Valley as we get back to our roots through the following programs.

 

2/26/2017
Toklat
5PM - 8PM

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 heart-shaped birdseed valentine to someone special and help support ACES Resident Raptors and Birding Programs!

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.

1. Happy Valentine’s Day!
2. Owl always love you.
3. I'm talon you, you're the best.
4. Whoooo’s your Valentine?
5. You're always robin my heart!

 

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
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