Highlights In This Issue:
Registration Open for Summer Programs , Sustainability & Education Apprenticeship, Summer Events Calendar , ACES Ed Update , Annual Membership Picnic on the Preserve ... and more!
Registration Open for Summer Programs
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Summer is right around the corner!

ACES offers programs for all ages to explore and learn about the Roaring Fork Valley.
Adult courses and field hikes are now available for online registration!

This season, we're offering:


Click below for the complete schedule, comprehensive information, and to register. Educator discounts available.
Kids camps at both Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch are filling fast! We're excited to offer new classes for 11-14 year-olds, including over-night options. A shuttle from Aspen to Rock Bottom Ranch will be offered in July & August for campers of all ages.
Summer Events Calendar
Don’t miss out on our exciting line-up of summer programs and events! Become an ACES member to enjoy special invitations and priority access.

Click on the titles below to register and for more information.

Save the Date!
Wednesday, June 6 | “Fire in the Belly: Stories of Change” with CORE & Writ Large
Rock Bottom Ranch

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
Saturday, June 30 | Farm to Table Dinner
Thursday, July 5 | Raptor Fair 
Thursday, July 12 | An Evening on the Lake
Friday, July 20 | Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, July 21 | Farm to Table Dinner 
Friday, August 3 | Annual Mushroom Fair
Saturday, August 4 | Farm to Table Dinner
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
Farm to Table Tickets
Interested in attending Farm to Table dinners this summer? Make sure your membership is current by May 5th!

Discounted tickets for ALL Farm to Table events will go on sale to members via e-mail on May 8th!

ACES members receive priority registration to Farm to Table dinners, Jessica Catto Dialogues, An Evening on the Lake, and summer camps for kids ages 4 -14. There's something for everyone! Check out ACES' full calendar here.
Annual Membership Picnic on the Preserve
Click on the title below to register and for more information.

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.
Adult & Family Programs
Click on the titles below to register and for more information.

Monday - Saturday | 11 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Tuesday, May 1 | 7 AM - 10 AM
Meet at Hallam Lake

Tuesday, May 22 | 7 AM - 10 AM
Meet at Rock Bottom Ranch

Monday, May 21 | 8:30 PM
Hallam Lake

Register now!
Wednesday, May 24 | 7 AM - 2 PM
Meet at the northwest corner of the Willits Whole Foods parking lot

Register now!
Wednesday, June 13 | 5 PM - 8 PM
Hallam Lake
Watercolor journals
ACES Ed Update
This spring, ACES kicked off a new partnership with Kathryn Senor Elementary School (KSE) in New Castle with ACES' Family Science Night . This event brought together over 120 students, parents, and relatives to explore a wide range of science projects and interactive learning stations. This year, Family Science Night included the opportunity to dissect owl pellets, blend smoothies while learning about transfer of energy with the ACES bike blender, and explore techniques of water quality testing through our macro-invertebrate identification station. This fall, ACES will begin teaching at our official classroom at KSE, which will mark our 4th formal partnership with public schools in Colorado .

As we move into May, our high school students in our Tomorrow's Voices program are gearing up for the end of the school year and their final action projects . After a full year of studying social justice and environmental ethics, students put this learning into action through creating an action project in their local community. Keep your eyes open for local action in your community from this amazing group of high school juniors and seniors!
Sustainability & Education Apprenticeship
for High School Students
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. 

Applications are due May 19th. 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
Don't miss this season's Farm to Table Dinners! Renew your membership now to get first access to tickets on May 8th.

The agriculture crew has been busy getting the site ready for summer. First crops are in the ground, the hoophouses are filling up, and animals are making their way all around the pastures. Spring education programs are starting up and we are excited for another incredible growing season!

Summer hours are now in effect at ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch! We are open Monday - Friday from 9AM - 5PM, and Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM . 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 11 AM .  

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
RBR Ag eggs
RBR Ag pork butchery
Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 19th is Colorado Public Lands Day !

" In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public lands. The third Saturday in May is now recognized as Colorado Public Lands Day, a day to celebrate how our public lands are central to our economy and our quality of life. Colorado Public Lands Day is a chance to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled wild places and to give back to the public lands that provide us with so much ." 

Colorado has 24 million acres of public lands and is the first state in the nation to establish its own Public Lands Day. To show your support, join ACES staff by getting out and enjoying your public lands! Show us your adventures on social media by tagging ACES and #ColoradoPublicLandsDay. Click  here  to learn more about this special holiday. 
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