Highlights In This Issue:
Upcoming Events , Kids Camps & Family Programs, Adult Hikes & Field Programs ,
 ACES Ed Update , Rock Bottom Ranch Products ... and more!
Upcoming Events
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Wednesday, June 6 | 5:30 PM
Rock Bottom Ranch

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), in partnership with ACES, the City of Aspen and Writ Large, is thrilled to present an evening of live storytelling that includes solar seed house tours, a “Fire in the Belly” engagement station, drinks from Marble Distilling Co. and Aspen Brewing Company, and vittles for purchase from Slow Groovin’ BBQ.

This is a zero-waste, car-free event, with shuttles from the El Jebel Park & Ride.
Sunday, June 10 | 10:30 AM - 2 PM
Free and open to the public

Now in its second year, Community Pedaleando is a celebration of cycling, health, and sustainability in the Roaring Fork Valley hosted by Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club , ACES , Aspen Community Foundation , and Valley Settlement . Celebrate the start of summer with us in North Face Park! Complete fun activities to earn a free lunch, ride in a family-friendly bike ride, enjoy music from DJ Scratch, or learn to ride a bike! Explore opportunities for your family to be active this summer, including AVSC's bike program and ACES' summer camps! All are welcome to join. If you don’t have a bike, we will have some for you to try out! Bikes will be available to borrow for ages 7+. 

We need volunteers! Sign up for a job here.
Community Pedaleando Fundraiser with CycleBar Aspen
Saturday, June 2 | 9:30 AM

Ride your bike with purpose on June 2nd at CycleBar Aspen! Please join AVSC, ACES, Valley Settlement and ACF in promoting healthy lifestyles and empowering youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. Donations to participate in this CycleBar class will have an impact that will be more far-reaching than the miles you pedal in class! Sign up for the class by emailing support@cyclebaraspen.com and express your interest in supporting Community Pedaleando .

If you cannot attend CycleBar on the 2nd, you can still use this link to show your support.
Thursday, June 7 | 9:30 AM - 11 AM
Lead with Love Pop-up Summit, Wheeler Opera House

Explore the roots of yoga in this playful yoga class blending creative movement, music, storytelling, breathing and alignment. This class will kick off the 2018 Wild Yoga series, ACES' weekly outdoor yoga class hosted at the Hallam Lake nature preserve in Aspen, Tuesdays 5:15-6:30 from June 19 - September 11.

Friday, June 8 | 12 :30PM - 2PM

What does it mean to be environmentally well? How can you enhance your own environmental wellbeing? Join ACES' Christy Mahon, along with Sloan Shoemaker & Chef Barclay Dodge for an interactive discussion at a wellbeing lunch hosted at Bosq as part of the Lead With Love + Nutopia Pop-up Summit.

Monday, June 11 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Hallam Lake
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Children under 10 are free

ACES members are invited to kick-off the summer season at our annual membership picnic! Head down to Hallam Lake for a community-wide celebration at ACES' 25-acre nature preserve. This community gathering features drinks, a gourmet dinner featuring local food from Rock Bottom Ranch, and live music. This year's event is generously sponsored by Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel.

Please bike, walk, or carpool to Hallam Lake. Parking is extremely limited.
Wednesday, June 20 | 6 PM - 7 PM
Harris Concert Hall
Free and open to the public

Philipp Hildebrand is Vice Chairman of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager. In his lecture, “Sustainable Investing: A Turning Point,” Philipp will give his insight on the fascinating intersection of climate change, investments, and social responsibility.

Please bike, walk, or carpool to Harris Concert Hall.
Parking is available at the Benedict Music Tent lot on Third Street & Gillespie.
Summer Events Calendar
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Sunday, June 10 | Community Pedaleando
Monday, June 11 | Picnic on the Preserve
Wednesday, June 20 | Jessica Catto Dialogue: Philipp Hildebrand , BlackRock Vice Chair
Friday, June 29 | Farm to Table Dinner SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 30 | Farm to Table Dinner SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 5 | Raptor Fair 
Thursday, July 12 | An Evening on the Lake
Friday, July 20 | Farm to Table Dinner SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 21 | Farm to Table Dinner  SOLD OUT
Friday, August 3 | Annual Mushroom Fair
Saturday, August 4 | Farm to Table Dinner SOLD OUT
Tuesday, August 7 | Jessica Catto Dialogue:
Gina McCarthy , Former EPA Director
Monday, August 13 | Stars Above Aspen
Thursday, September 13 | Contra Dance
Thursday, September 20 | Fall Colors Membership Potluck
Explore Summer with ACES
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Daily Tours
Aspen Mountain  tours explore Richmond Ridge at the top of the Aspen Mountain gondola. This 45-minute tour is offered daily on the hour from 11AM - 3PM.

Snowmass Wildflower Hikes are offered daily at 10AM, and Ice Age Discovery Hikes are offered daily at 1PM. Each tour is two hours roundtrip and departs from outside the Ice Age Discovery Center.

Maroon Bells Crater Lake Hike and Maroon Lake Walk are offered daily at 10:15AM and 1:15PM. Enjoy a two hour one-way hike to Crater Lake, or a 45-minute one-way hike around Maroon Lake. Both tours depart from the Maroon Bells Information Center.

Custom Tours
Green World Day Hike and River Run Sunset Hike include the historic ghost town of Ashcroft, and a gourmet lunch or dinner at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Green World Day Hike is offered daily from 10:30AM - 2:30PM, and River Run Sunset Hike is offered daily from 5PM - 8PM. Reservations required. Call (970) 925-5756 to book.

Hire a Guide  for private, custom tours to explore many Aspen locations on your own schedule. Offered daily. Reservations required. Call (970) 925-5756 to book.
Aspen grove
adult NFS castle hike
Kids Camps & Family Programs
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Monday - Saturday* | 11 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch
*No program July 4th

June 18 - September 1*
Monday - Friday  |  4 PM
Saturday  |  2 PM
Hallam Lake
*No program July 4th or July 12th

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 19 - August 30* | 7:30 PM
Hallam Lake
*No program July 4th or July 12th

Saturdays, June 16 - September 1 | 10 AM - 3 PM
Hallam Lake
Adult Hikes & Field Classes
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Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19*, 26 | 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Meet at Hallam Lake
*June 19 meet at Rock Bottom Ranch

Wednesday, June 13 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Hallam Lake

Thursday, June 7 | 7 AM - 9 AM
Meet at the south gate at North Star Nature Preserve

Tuesdays, June 19 - September 11 | 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Hallam Lake

Thursday, June 21 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Hallam Lake

Friday, June 22 | 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Meet at the north lot at North Star Nature Preserve

Monday, June 25 | 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Meet at the Lyons Park in Basalt

Wednesday & Thursday, June 27 & 28 | 10 AM - 3:30 PM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Wednesday & Thursday, June 27 & 28 | 7 AM - 3 PM
Hallam Lake

Monday, July 2 | 7 AM - 2 PM
Meet at the north lot at North Star Nature Preserve
ACES Ed Update
This May, ACES Ed hosted over 150 students for educational overnights and campfire programs at Rock Bottom Ranch. Second grade students from Aspen Elementary schools, third graders from Crystal River Elementary, and the Carbondale Community School kindergarten class explored the farm and gardens of the Ranch after-hours on evening hikes, helped with morning chores, and many groups stayed the night in tents or even slept under the stars! This is a wonderful program and helps to provide a foundation for the next 10 years of outdoor and experiential education programs offered through our amazing local public school system.
Sustainability & Education Apprenticeship
ACES Sustainability and Education Apprenticeship is designed to introduce high school students to environmental science and education careers. The program is available for college credit and features experiential immersion in environmental science, sustainable living, education, and action. 

Click below for more information and to apply. 
Summer Educators-in-Training: Volunteers Needed
ACES seeks young adults ages 14 and up to volunteer this summer!

Volunteers will help ACES Educators during our week-long summer camps for kids, ages 4 - 14. This opportunity is perfect for teens who are looking for increased responsibilities in a fun and educational setting, especially those who may have "graduated" from ACES camps or are interested in the field of environmental education. 
Rock Bottom Ranch Products
The first cucumber came off the vine this week, which means that summer is just around the corner! We are excited to welcome new agriculture crew members this month, as our vegetable production gets into full swing. As the hoop houses get more crowded by the day, we're also gearing up to welcome hundreds of kids to the ranch for our summer camps. Bring it on, summer!

We are open Monday - Friday from 9AM - 5PM, and Saturdays from 9AM - 1PM. The Catherine Store section of the Rio Grande trail is also open, so hop on your bike for a visit! Farm Tours are offered Monday - Saturday at 11AM.

Our products can be purchased at the Ranch during open hours, and eggs are also available for purchase at Hallam Lake in Aspen. Please call ahead to confirm product availability. In addition, select products are available from Skip's Farm to Market in Basalt and Meat and Cheese in Aspen.  Beginning June 16th, visit our booth at Aspen Saturday Market in front of City Hall, and Basalt Sunday Market, beginning June 17th.

Available products include:
  • Eggs
  • Pork 
  • Beef
  • Whole chickens
  • Vegetables coming this summer: kale, salad mix, swiss chard, cucumbers, tomatoes and more!

Interested in bulk beef, pork or chicken boxes?  Reach out to Jason Smith at   jsmith@aspennature.org  for information about these great deals.

Follow along with the Ranch day-to-day on our new Instagram account,  @ACESrbr
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RBR Ag eggs
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