The Story of the Forest

Collaboration with The Art Base 

The forest ecosystems affected by the 2018 Lake Christine Fire have many stories to tell. Join ACES Forest Programs Director, Adam McCurdy, and local artist Derek Johnston in this unique class combining forest ecology and digital storytelling. We will focus on the ecological stories and regeneration/recovery of the forest ecosystems that were burned as well as the underlying climate-related stories we have in this valley. Based out of Rock Bottom Ranch, participants will spend time walking around the burn zones, collecting footage and stories of the forest two years after the fire to share through digital storytelling.

*To properly prepare for the class, participants must bring their own iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone with a working camera. We expect that participants are familiar with their own device and bring it in a sturdy, protective case along with a charger. PLEASE make sure to have a video editor app downloaded on your device prior to class such as iMovie. A list of applications to download will be emailed in advance of the start date.

Click here to register for the shuttle from Hallam Lake to Rock Bottom Ranch.

Scholarship & Camp Information

What To Bring:

Pack a backpack with snack, lunch, reusable water bottle, rain jacket, warm layer, change of clothes, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Sunshine and bugs are abundant at RBR. Please remember to label everything. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toed shoes - no open-toe sandals! Optional- closed-toed shoes/sandles for water exploration. Please leave electronics, candy, and toys at home.

How To Get There:

Please walk, bike, or carpool to ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch whenever possible! Parking is extremely limited and alternate transportation is fun and saves the planet.

BIKE BOARD CHALLENGE: Fill out a Bike Board Card and add a sticker every time you come to Rock Bottom Ranch in something other than your own car. Bike Board participants are entered to win great prizes all summer long including bike accessories, and more. 

PARKING LOT: Limited parking is available for Rock Bottom Ranch visitors only. Please park efficiently. No parking in ACES lot outside of open hours. We are an IDLE FREE community. 


Art, Wildlife, Science and Hiking


Next Date:

Monday, July 6 - 9:30am to Friday, July 10 - 3:30pm


Non-member price:
Member price:


5th , 6th , 7th and 8th

Spots Available:

  • Class maximum: 12
  • Spots available: 5
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