This week's Guest Blogger Series features Eliza Greenman, Marketing Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). ACES provides several opportunities for Aspen locals and visitors to explore and support the outdoor environment in the Roaring Fork Valley.
What are some of your favorite programs that ACES provides? What do they contribute the Roaring Fork Valley environment and its residents?
This is one of the toughest questions as ACES does so much in the Roaring Fork Valley, from restoration work, to enriching community programs and events. A few of my personal favorites include our ACES Ed program, an environmental science education partnership program with 42 regional schools. This program is a unique and brilliant example of a collaborative approach to supplementing education in our school systems. Another favorite ACES program is our Naturalist Field School, a mix of fun and educational camps and classes for all ages. I can't say enough about everything ACES is doing at Rock Bottom Ranch; from Farm to Table Dinners, to cooking demonstrations, RBR is a hub for teaching people of all ages how to grow, cook, eat and understand healthy, local, sustainable food while simultaneously enhancing and protecting water, land, and climate resources. I'm also immensely proud of the plethora of free programs and community events that ACES offers, an important role of a community learning center.
What free programs and events do you offer that inspire environmental consciousness and a love of nature?
We have a lot of free and/or donation-based programming at ACES, providing our entire community with the opportunity to participate! Admission is free at our Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch sites where various activities and programs like daily Farm Tours, Beaver Walks, and Birds of Prey demonstrations make for exciting and enriching visits. In the summer months we offer free, Naturalist-guided hikes every day at some of Aspen's most popular attractions, including Aspen and Snowmass Ski areas and the Maroon Bells. Through a partnership with Aspen Yoga Society we offer a weekly, donation-based Yoga in Nature class on the lake-side platforms at Hallam Lake.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with Aspen locals and visitors about ACES?
We're looking forward to the second annual Raptor Fair this Thursday, July 3rd, from 3-6PM at Hallam Lake. Families of all shapes and sizes will enjoy this free event whether you're a visitor or a local, interested in getting to know ACES better, or have been an ACES member for decades. The Raptor Fair not only features ACES' resident birds of prey (the golden eagle, red-tailed hawk, and great horned owl) but will also host visiting birds of prey (a screech owl, a Harris's hawk, a turkey vulture, a gyrfalcon, and a prairie falcon) from Nature's Educators, a raptor education organization from Denver.
To learn more about ACES' events, programs and the rest of their staff click here.