Building a sense of place through exploration, education and community
For over 35 years, ACES has connected students of all ages with the natural world. ACES programs transform the local environment into a community classroom, providing relevant, engaging, and exciting program opportunities for learners and adventurers of all ages. ACES works to provide the highest quality experience for all participants wishing to participate in our programs. 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.
All of our adult offerings moving forward, require advance registration, as we need to limit and maintain a smaller group size and social distancing protocols. We will no longer be allowing drop-ins. Stay tuned to our website for the most up-to-date information, as we roll out our exciting birding field trip schedule for the summer, as well as updated site hours.
ACES Birding Program
ACES Birding Program offers a wide variety of field trips throughout the year connecting birders on the local levers and highlighting the diverse bird life of the Roaring Fork Valley. As birders, we know how our own lives have been changed for the better by being exposed to the wonder of birds and the fellowship of birders. Join our Bird Club!
Naturalist Field School (NFS)
ACES’ Naturalist Field School (NFS) connects students of all ages with the natural world, educating and inspiring participants to feel a sense of place in their surroundings and passion for lifelong learning. This series of college level courses can be enjoyed together or as separate courses. These are two-day intensive graduate level courses, that can also be taken for college graduate credit through Adams State University. Expert educators return to Hallam Lake year after year to share their knowledge and reconnect with this special community.
ACES offers a variety of creative workshops throughout the year taught by local and visiting artists and experts who draw their inspiration from the natural world. These workshops vary from half to full day, and connect participants with the natural world through creative expression.
Half Day & Full Day Walks
ACES offers a number of half day and full day walks that vary in topic and location around the valley that highlight the variety of landscapes that make up the Roaring Fork Valley. These are led by local and visiting experts, who educate and guide participants around a specific theme, sharing the stories of our landscapes.
ACES Burlap Dinner series treats participants to a focused evening of learning and socializing over a family-style meal at Rock Bottom Ranch. Through this series, we provide the opportunity for casual conversation between participants and staff around ACES’ agriculture systems. This series of dinners is offered at the peak of the growing season in late August-September. A theme guides the evening and menu.