Press Release: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Summer 2019 Programming & Events Overview
Aspen, Colorado, April 24, 2019 — Explore the Roaring Fork Valley with ACES this summer!
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) looks forward to another lively summer season in the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as the opportunity to celebrate ACES’ 50th anniversary! Since the late 1960s, ACES has offered community programs and events that introduce locals and visitors of all ages to the incredible natural environment surrounding Aspen, Basalt, and the Castle Creek Valley.
In mid May and early June, ACES is thrilled to announce two community-focused events at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. On Saturday, May 18th, join ACES for our free Spring into Summer open house: meet your farmers and celebrate the growing season with hayrides, farm tours, a seedling sale, collecting farm-fresh eggs, potato planting, and more. On June 5th, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), in partnership with ACES, the City of Aspen and Writ Large, will present their 2nd annual live storytelling event, Roaring Stories, at Rock Bottom Ranch. Stay tuned to ACES’ website for ticket prices and more event information coming soon.
ACES will host a number of exciting community events this season, including four annual events for all ages. ACES members are invited to kick off summer at our annual Picnic on the Preserve on June 10th at Hallam Lake. ACES’ family-friendly Raptor Fair on July 5th supports our resident raptor program and will feature a range of birds of prey. The annual Mushroom Fair takes place on August 2nd with experts Vera Evenson and Dr. Andrew Wilson. For our fourth year in a row, Stars Above Aspen will return to the top of Aspen Mountain for a community astronomy event on August 12th.
ACES’ Jessica Catto Dialogue series will bring two prominent environmental leaders to Aspen for free public lectures. Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, will present on June 20th at Harris Hall. ACES will also host an additional Jessica Catto Dialogue speaker in August. Stay tuned to ACES’ website for more event information coming soon.
In celebration of ACES’ 50th anniversary, ACES has put together a special calendar of events this summer. ACES’ annual summer benefit, Evening on the Lake on Thursday, July 11th, will feature keynote speaker environmentlist Paul Hawken, as well as introduce the Elizabeth Paepcke Environmental Visionary Award, which will be presented to this year’s honorees, Ann and John Doerr. On Saturday, July 13th, Paul Hawken will give a public lecture at Paepcke Auditorium presented in partnership with The Aspen Institute. ACES will also partner with the Aspen Music Festival and School to offer a special concert inspired by nature on Sunday, August 4th at the Benedict Music Tent. On Wednesday, August 7th, ACES will host The Farmer and the Chef, a new interactive evening in the field featuring local chefs and benefiting ACES' Rock Bottom Ranch agricultural programs. And finally, ACES will host a special three-day alumni celebration from September 20th - 22nd at multiple ACES’ sites.
From June 15th through September 1st, ACES offers free daily guided hikes to popular spots like Aspen Mountain, the Maroon Bells, and the Snowmass Nature Trail. Green World Day Hikes and River Run Sunset Hikes explore the Castle Creek Valley, including the Ashcroft Ghost Town, with gourmet lunch or dinner at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. For a bespoke experience, ACES’ Hire a Guide program offers tours to explore and learn about the area that can be customized to suit particular interests, such as wildflowers, birds, or geology.
ACES’ Naturalist Field School provides a variety of programs for adults. Programs range from weekly birding outings, to watercolor and photography workshops, to field hikes. In-depth courses offered for graduate credit focus on stream health, plant ecology, and more. A variety of free hikes and programs at North Star Nature Preserve, offered in partnership with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, provide the chance to access areas of the Preserve that are otherwise off-limits. ACES’ Burlap Dinner series, a program at Rock Bottom Ranch, will include a behind-the-scenes look at high altitude vegetable production followed by a family-style meal in our open-air pole barn.
Fun and educational kids’ camps are offered at both Hallam Lake in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt that range from drop-in to weeklong and overnight options for kids age 4 - 14. A camp shuttle from Hallam Lake to and from Rock Bottom Ranch will run during July and August.
At Rock Bottom Ranch, ACES offers farm tours, kids’ camps, expanded adult programs, and Farm to Table dinner events. Our second annual Contra Dance on September 5th invites adults to grab their partners for line dancing with a band and traditional caller. Fresh and local food from Rock Bottom Ranch is available for purchase at the Ranch during open hours, as well as at the Aspen Saturday Market and Carbondale Farmers’ Market.
ACES welcomes the public to our visitor centers: Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen, and Rock Bottom Ranch, an educational farm between Basalt and Carbondale. Admission is free at both sites. Beginning May 1st, Rock Bottom Ranch is open Monday - Saturday, and Hallam Lake is open Monday - Saturday beginning on June 1st. Both sites feature interactive activities for all ages and staff on-site to answer questions. Join us for scheduled programs at our sites, including farm tours, birds of prey demonstrations, sunset beaver walks, Wild Yoga, and more. ACES at the Catto Center at Tokat, a wilderness retreat at the headwaters of Castle Creek, is open daily starting Saturday, June 15th (closed Monday, June 24th) and includes a showroom where artists-in-residence from Oaxaca, Mexico offer traditional weaving demonstrations and sell their handmade rugs and other products.
For more information, see descriptions below or visit aspennature.org.
May 18 - Spring into Summer (Rock Bottom Ranch) June 5 - Roaring Stories (Rock Bottom Ranch) June 10 - Picnic on the Preserve (Hallam Lake) June 15 - Daily tours begin
June 20 - Jessica Catto Dialogue | Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (Harris Hall) June 29 - Farm to Table Dinner (Rock Bottom Ranch)
July 5 - Raptor Fair (Hallam Lake)
July 11 - An Evening on the Lake (Hallam Lake) July 13 - ACES & Aspen Institute Lecture with Paul Hawken (Paepcke Auditorium) July 19 - Farm to Table Dinner (Rock Bottom Ranch)
July 20 - Farm to Table Dinner (Rock Bottom Ranch)
August 2 - Mushroom Fair (Hallam Lake)
August 4 - Music Inspired by Nature (Benedict Music Tent) August 7 - The Farmer and the Chef (Rock Bottom Ranch) Date TBD - Jessica Catto Dialogue | Speaker TBD
August 12 - Stars Above Aspen (Sundeck on Aspen Mountain) September 1 - Daily Tours end
September 5 - Contra Dance (Rock Bottom Ranch)
September 19 - Fall Colors Membership Potluck Dinner (Catto Center at Toklat) September 20 - 22 - ACES Alumni Celebration (Multiple ACES’ Sites)
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a non-partisan, non-profit organization, provides enriching environmental literacy programs for kids, teens, and adults as well as community and business leaders. With three locations between Aspen and Carbondale, ACES offers year-round programs focused on science, ecology, natural history, stewardship, forest health, sustainable agriculture, civic leadership, and more. ACES is a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, the highest level of ranking from America's premier charity evaluator. For more information and a full listing of ACES offerings, visit w ww.aspennature.org.
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