Snowshoe & Ski Tours

Travel along mountain streams, over ridgelines, and through beautiful valleys in the Aspen area while learning about mountain ecology on ACES' naturalist guided snowshoe tours. Each winter, daily snowshoe tours are offered on top of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, and at the Ashcroft Ghost Town. Check back in October for complete information.

Earth Day Celebration & Green Drinks Kick-off

Join ACES and the City of Aspen to celebrate Earth Day and ring in the start of the 2017 Green Drinks season! Head to Hallam Lake to meet community members interested in environmental issues, explore the nature preserve, and enjoy locally sourced snacks from Rock Bottom Ranch and libations, including a bike-powered blender station where guests can create kinetic energy to make margaritas for the adults and pink lemonade slushies for the kids! 

A variety of local organizations will sponsor Earth Day activities for all ages: 

Aspen Historical Society - Sweet Pea seed giveaway

Aspen T.R.E.E - Earth sculpture

CORE - Earth Day "Confessional" art project

Citizen's Climate Lobby - photo booth

Clean Rivers Initiative - "Stormwater Goalie" game

EverGreen ZeroWaste - Compost game

Indivisible Aspen & POW - poster-making for March for Science 4/22

U.S. Forest Service - Smokey Bear & willow-planting on the Hallam Lake nature preserve

Green Drinks is an international trend that brings citizens interested in environmental issues together for informal gatherings. Aspen's Green Drinks, organized by the City’s ZGreen initiative, is hosted monthly from April through November at local businesses and partner organizations in Aspen.

Presented in partnership with:

Free Members
Free Non Members
4/19/2017

5PM - 7PM
Hallam Lake

Family Energy Night

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Join ACES Educators to explore renewable energy! Guests will enjoy hands-on energy-themed activities such as using a bike generator to make a sustainable snack!

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/31/2017

3PM - 5PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

Family Owl Night

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Join ACES Educators to learn all about masters of the night sky, owls! Guests will meet ACES' resident Great Horned Owl, examine raptor props and enjoy owl-themed activities. 

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/24/2017

3PM - 5PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

Centennial Skiing Lecture with Ted & Christy Mahon

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Join local mountaineering duo Ted and Christy Mahon for stories from their ultimate backyard adventure, skiing Colorado's one hundred tallest peaks! In 2015, the Aspen-based couple and their friend Chris Davenport became the first people to complete successful ski descents of the Centennial Peaks. The accomplishment earned the trio a nomination for National Geographic Adventurers of the Year! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, ski mountaineering, and ACES' Children's Education Fund at this free presentation.

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/17/2017

4PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

Family Storytime + Hot Chocolate

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Families are invited to cozy up with some hot chocolate and join local children's book author Julie Case for a reading of her newly released story, Emma and the Whale! Follow along on the adventures of Emma and her pup Nemo as they help a whale calf that has become stranded on the seashore near their home. Complemented by illustrations that emphasize the splendor of the natural world, the "conservationist story is ideal for introducing little ones to the importance of compassion—toward both the earth and the creatures we share it with."

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/10/2017

4PM
Aspen Sports, 408 Cooper Street, Aspen

ACES Member Discount Day + Après Party

Support ACES’ environmental science education programs with Aspen Sports this month! Throughout the month of March, make a donation to ACES Children's Education Fund at any Aspen Sports location, and Aspen Sports will match 50% of every gift, up to $100. Each Friday afternoon in March, the public is invited to join ACES and Aspen Sports at the Cooper Street store for a series of free events to celebrate the fundraising drive.

 

Kick off ACES' Children's Education Fund Drive with the Members Discount Day, on Friday, March 3rd! ACES Members will receive 20% off their purchase (10% off sale items) all day long.

From 3PM - 5PM, join ACES staff for an après ski celebration featuring beer and wine, activites for all ages, and more! 

 

ACES Ed, a classroom without boundaries, provides integrated environmental education for students of all ages at 56 regional schools. Programs promote ecological citizenship and incubate future community leaders. Click here to learn more about ACES Ed. 

3/03/2017

all day (ACES Members Sale)
3PM - 5PM (Après Party)

Rock Bottom Ranch Ham & Lamb Sale

Eat local this Spring season 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.
 
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. 
3/15/2017 - 4/14/2017

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
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