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ACES Helps Connect over 300 Local Families to National Parks

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Eliza Greenman Burlingame
Marketing Director
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
970.925.5756
[email protected]
www.aspennature.org

 

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ACES Helps Connect over 300 Local Families to National Parks

Education Organization Facilitates Federal Every Kid in a Park Initiative at Aspen, Basalt, and Crystal River Elementary Schools

 

ASPEN, Colorado (November 2, 2016) — This school year, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) supported a White House youth initiative, Every Kid in a Park, which encourages American families to explore and experience our country’s public lands. ACES Educators coordinated with the National Parks Service and Every Kid in a Park organizers to facilitate the program in the Roaring Fork Valley by handing out complimentary National Park passes to fourth graders in the three schools where ACES operates full-time environmental education classrooms.

President Obama, in partnership with Federal Land Management agencies, introduced the Every Kid in a Park initiative in 2015 as part of his “commitment to protect our Nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.” The program provides fourth grade students and their families free access to all National Parks, National Monuments, and other federal lands and waters for an entire year and is “slated to continue with each year’s group of fourth graders to inspire successive generations to become responsible stewards of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage."

 

ACES, which partners with over 50 regional schools to offer integrated environmental science education programming, is thrilled to promote the program in the Roaring Fork Valley. ACES Ed programs build ecological literacy and help schools meet state science standards by blending science, critical thinking, and experiential outdoor learning. However, studies show that outdoor learning should extend beyond classrooms to family experiences, and ACES recognizes that the opportunity Every Kid in a Park affords local families is invaluable.

 

“While the Every Kid in a Park program has been well-known and accessible since its inception last year, ACES Educators realized that most of our students were not taking advantage of the free passes,” says ACES Education Director, Arin Trook. “Getting students and their families outside is a top priority for ACES. Camping, hiking, fishing, exploring ancient sites…these outdoor activities, especially when enjoyed together as a family, help to create the environmental stewards we need in future generations. Facilitating this program for our public schools was an easy “yes” for the team at ACES and we hope that local families will take advantage of the opportunity to experience and learn about the ecology, history, and culture that they’ll encounter in America’s unparalleled outdoors. Perhaps most importantly, we also hope our local outreach will help enhance diverse visitation at nearby National Parks and federal lands.”

At Back to School Nights last month, ACES handed out 333 Every Kid in a Park passes and talked to families about the importance of public lands, how public lands relate to our nation's water and energy dependency (topics covered in ACES Ed classes), where nearby National Parks and monuments are located, and more. In addition to park passes, ACES handed out a preliminary assessment to discover how often students were already using our public lands and how they feel about them. Students will complete post-assessments at the end of the school year and ACES will evaluate data after a year of complimentary National Park access. ACES looks forward to supporting this federal program in perpetuity and encourages all families to get outdoors and #FindYourPark!

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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a non-profit organization founded in 1968, provides programs in ecological literacy, sustainable agriculture, forest health, ecosystem restoration, and civic leadership for everyone from school children to leaders and decision makers. With four locations between Aspen and Carbondale, ACES offers guided hikes and snowshoe tours, classes and camps for kids and adults, and a variety of community events. Partnership programs with over 50 regional schools help teachers meet state science standards while offering local children the opportunity to explore their outdoor environment. ACES is a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, the highest level of ranking. For more information visit www.aspennature.org.

 

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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