Building a sense of place through exploration, education and fun
ACES Youth camps and experiences connect youth grades K - 12th with the natural world, inspiring a life-long connection to and curiosity of the community around them. Our programs transform the local environment into a community classroom inspiring a greater sense of place, passion for learning, relationship building, and responsibility towards our environment. Our programs are educational, fun, relevant, engaging, and exciting opportunities for learners and adventurers of all ages, hoping to inspire the environmentally responsible leaders and citizens of tomorrow! Programs include a range of topics that combine environmental science education with outdoor exploration. Participants form lasting friendships as they share in immersive and informative experiences in nature.
ACES works to accommodate a wide range of abilities in programs, and works to make reasonable accommodations with individuals and program leaders to create an accessible learning environment, when appropriate and feasible. These camps are taught by our full time Environmental Educators, and are geared towards those who love adventuring outside!
COVID-19 Update-May 14
ACES is currently scheduled to begin offering of week-long summer camps at Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch at some capacity on Monday, June 15, 2020 and ending Friday, August 14, 2020, pending upcoming public health orders and guidelines.
We have suspended all additional registrations for summer camps, and are in communication with current participants about updates to our programs.
The health and well being of our program participants and staff remains our top priority. We continue to closely monitor the public health orders and guidelines from Pitkin County Public Health (and CDC and CDPHE). Stay tuned for any updates based on federal, state, and local public health orders. We hope to open up registration again pending new public health orders. As we make changes to our summer camp schedule, we will communicate directly with those who are affected first. Please understand that we are working to give you answers as soon as we can.
Early Childhood Classes
ACES offers two Parent/Toddler class series that explore what is happening in the natural world around us. They are seasonal weekly, hour-long classes that introduce families to the ACES community through exploration of our sites, songs, arts and crafts, and stories. We offer Nature & Me at Hallam Lake on Mondays in the Fall and Winter. We offer Little Ranchers at Rock Bottom Ranch on Wednesdays in the Fall and Spring.
ACES Camp (Grades K-4)
ACES offers a variety of camps during the summer and school breaks. Registration required! ACES offers week-long summer camps for students entering grades K-4 that are based on exploration, teamwork, having fun, and asking questions about the natural world. Our summer camps run mid-June- early-August. Registration opens the first Monday of March.
ACES offers Winter Explorers Day Camp and Spring Ranchers Day Camp over the school holiday breaks for those currently enrolled in grades K-4. Fun is the main focus of these camps, and various seasonal themed activities will differentiate each day to keep the interest of repeat participants..
Middle School Outdoor Adventures (Grades 5-8)
Throughout the summer, ACES offers one Middle School Outdoor Adventure at each of our sites, Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch. Our middle school programs seek to inspire young adults to gain confidence in the outdoors, instill curiosity, develop leadership styles, and explore their interests through a variety of mediums, while making new friends, and creating their own adventures in the Roaring Fork Valley. Many of our Middle School Outdoor programs have an overnight component, ranging from backpacking to camping out under the stars at one of our field studies centers.
Summer High School Outdoor Programs (Grades 9-12)
ACES offers highschool programs hoping to inspire the environmentally responsible leaders and citizens of tomorrow! These programs are designed to give young adults the experience in different careers through an environmental and leadership lens, and to inspire them to become engaged citizens in their communities. ACES offers two programs during the summer for high school students. The Trook Apprenticeship in Education and Environmental Careers and ACES Educator -in-Training (EIT) Program.