Naturalist Field School Programs

Building a sense of place through exploration

For over 30 years, ACES' Naturalist Field School (NFS) has connected students of all ages with the natural world. 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. Expert educators return to ACES every year to share their knowledge and connect with the community. 

ACES Natrualist Field School (NFS) works to provide the highest quality experience for all participants wishing to participant in our programs. ACES works to accommodate a wide range of abilities in programs. ACES works to make reasonable accommodations with individuals and program leaders to create an accessible learning environment, when appropriate and feasible.


Naturalist Field School (NFS) experiences include:

Adult Experiences

Join local and visiting experts on birding outings, field seminars, hikes, art clasees and dinners throughout the year.

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Youth Experiences

ACES offers a variety of week-long summer camps for participants 4-14 years. Registration opens the first Monday of March. For middle and high school students, we offer an Educator-in-Training volunteer program to get first hand teaching expereince, as well as an Apprenticeship in environmental careers. Aces offers a varity of camps over winter and spring school breaks.

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Parent Toddler classes

ACES offers seasonal parent toddler classes. Join us in the fall and spring at Rock Bottom Ranch in Little Ranchers or Hallam Lake in the fall and winter in Nature & Me with your little one.

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