ACES Community Response to COVID-19

To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ACES is making several changes to our site open hours, programs, and events effective March 14, 2020. Please read below for details and stay tuned to this page for additional updates as we learn more. ACES will continue to follow preventative measures and employ proactive strategies to promote the safety of our community, visitors, and staff. Together, we will get through this challenging time and soon return to the good work of protecting our planet and educating for environmental responsibility.

To view ACES' Pitkin County COVID-19 Business Safety Plan Checklist, click here.

To view ACES' Eagle County Business Social Distancing Protocol, click here.

Please contact Katie Schwoerer if you have any questions or comments about this protocol.

ACES Sites & Visitor Centers

Beginning Wednesday, May 13, the Hallam Lake nature preserve will be open from 10AM - 3PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. While the nature preserve is open during these hours, public access to the Hallam Lake visitor center will remain closed. No bathrooms or indoor facilities will be available. Please follow all public health orders including group size, social distancing protocols, and wearing a face mask per Pitkin County order.

ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch and the Catto Center at Toklat sites and visitor centers remain closed until further notice. 

ACES Programs & Events

Please note the following adjustments to ACES’ community programming and events:

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival – POSTPONED (Click here for refund information)
  • Farm Tour – CANCELED until further notice
  • Naturalist Tours – ACES is currently scheduled to begin tours on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Please stay tuned for updates based on federal, state, and local public health orders.


Letter from ACES' CEO, Chris Lane

To learn more about how ACES is continuing our environmental work during these unprecendented times, click here to read a letter from ACES' CEO, Chris Lane.