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. We offer weekly and monthly birding outings as well as two-day seminars for college credit.

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Youth Experiences

During the summer, ACES offers a variety of week-long and daily programs for participants 4-18 years. Registration for our summer programs opens the first Monday of March. We also offer an Educator-in-Training volunteer program for young people to get first hand teaching expereince. During the school year, we offer daily programs over the school breaks.

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Parent Toddler classes

ACES offers seasonal parent toddler classes throughout the fall, winter, and spring. 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, and explore the change of seasons.

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