Building a sense of place through exploration, education and fun
ACES' youth camps and experiences for grades K-12 inspire curiosity and a lifelong connection to the natural world. Our programs transform the local environment into a community classroom, helping to develop a greater sense of place, a passion for learning, relationship building, and responsibility towards our environment. Our programs are educational, fun, relevant and engaging opportunities for learners and adventurers of all ages! 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 makes reasonable accommodations for individuals in order to create an accessible learning environment. These camps are taught by our full-time environmental educators, and are geared towards those who love adventuring outside!
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, the CDC and CDPHE. Stay tuned for any updates based on federal, state, and local public health orders.
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 offers a variety of 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 through the beginning of August. Registration opens March 1.
Throughout the summer, our middle school programs seek to inspire young adults to gain confidence in the outdoors, instill curiosity, develop leadership styles and explore their interests, while making new friends and creating their own adventures in the Roaring Fork Valley. Many of our Middle School Outdoor Adventure programs have an overnight component, ranging from backpacking to camping out under the stars at one of our field studies centers.
Our high school 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 and the environmentally responsible leaders of tomorrow. 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.