Highlights In This Issue:
Upcoming Community Events , ACES Après: Holiday Open House , Heritage Orchard at Rock Bottom Ranch , Holiday Kids Camps,
 Explore Winter with ACES ... and more!
Upcoming Community Events
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Wednesday, December 12 | 3 PM   - 5:30 PM
Rock Bottom Ranch  

Thursday, December 13 | 4 PM   - 5:30 PM
Hallam Lake

Sunday, December 16  |  7:30 AM  - 3 PM
Begins at Hallam Lake

Wednesday, December 26 | 3:30 PM   - 6:30 PM
Hallam Lake 
Sven at Rock Bottom Ranch

You're Invited to ACES Après:
Holiday Open House!

Celebrate Boxing Day and kick-off ACES' 50th Anniversary in a winter wonderland at Hallam Lake.

Enjoy warm sips & tasty bites, kids crafts, a roaring fire & snowshoe around the lake.

RSVP for this free community event
by clicking here !

ACES Après: Holiday Open House is part of ACRA's 12 Days of Aspen and generously sponsored by Chris Klug Properties.
Help Us Plant a Heritage Orchard
Imagine walking through an orchard, reaching up to harvest an apple, and pressing your hand-picked apples in a cider press, all while learning about where your food comes from! This holiday season, help us enhance ACES' environmental science education programs at Rock Bottom Ranch by building a Heritage Orchard. In addition to growing ACES education programs, ACES' Heritage Orchard will also allow us to preserve heritage varieties of apples, pears, cherries, apricots and other stone fruit from the Roaring Fork Valley.

We've already raised over 50% of our goal: $14,040 of $25,000!
With your help, we can get the rest of the way there.

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day! Boost the impact of your gift by donating via the  Colorado Gives Day website on or before Tuesday, December 4th or via ACES' website using the link below!  
Holiday Break Kids Camps
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December 26 - January 4
Ages 6 - 12
Hallam Lake | 9:30 AM   - 3:30 PM  
$80 / $60 members 

Register your 6-12 year olds for ACES' Winter Explorers holiday break camps! Participants will discover a winter wonderland at the Hallam Lake nature preserve, examine animal tracks, build a snow cave, make winter art creations, learn winter survival techniques, and more.

Winter Explorers
Winter Explorers
Explore Winter with ACES
Save the Date: ACES Naturalist-guided snowshoe and ski tours will begin on December 10 for the 2018-19 season!

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Ashcroft  snowshoe tours include the historic ghost town of Ashcroft, a gourmet lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, and are offered daily at 10:30AM. Reservations are required.

Aspen Mountain  tours explore Richmond Ridge at the top of the Aspen Mountain gondola daily at 10AM and 1PM.

Snowmass  tours wind through the Rabbit Run woods at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola daily at 10AM and 1PM.

Snowmass Ski  tours departs from the Wapiti Wildlife center at the top of the Elk Camp lift. Ski an easy run with a Naturalist guide daily at 11AM and 1PM.

Hire-a-Guide  for private, custom tours to explore many Aspen locations on your own schedule. Offered daily. Reservations are required.
snowshoe
Adult & Family Programs
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Birding
Led by Naturalist Rebecca Weiss
Tuesday, December 4 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Tuesday, January 8 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Meet at Hallam Lake

Family Programs
Fridays | 11 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Monday, December 10 | 7 PM
Hallam Lake

Mondays, January 28 - March 18 | 10 AM - 11 AM
Hallam Lake
Adult NFS Astronomy
Little Ranchers
Naturalist Nights & Potbelly Perspectives
We're pleased to announce the schedule for our 2019 Naturalist Nights speaker series . In addition, ACES' 2019 Potbelly Perspectives speaker series schedule is available on ACES website: click here to view.

Reminder: This year's Naturalist Nights are moving to a new time! In both Aspen and Carbondale, all Naturalist Nights presentations will begin at 6 PM in 2019.

We hope to see you this season!
Give the Gift of Nature
This holiday season, give the gift of nature! Celebrate ACES' 50th year by sharing the experiences & benefits of an ACES membership.

Not only does this unique gift help ACES provide in-depth environmental science education and ecological literacy to tens of thousands of youth and adults each year, creating a community in which forests, ecosystems, and people thrive, but it will also be enjoyed by your friends and loved ones throughout the whole year.

When you give an ACES’ Gift Membership, your gift recipient will receive a special card in the mail acknowledging your gift. You can also set up an e-card to announce your gift on
by contacting Emily Taylor at  etaylor@aspennature.org  or (970) 925-5756.
Rock Bottom Ranch Products
With a bit of snow at the ranch, it’s really starting to feel like winter!  ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch staff are trying to take advantage of all the sunny days in order to tackle end-of-the-season projects and get all of our animals nestled in for winter!

Current available products include:

  • Eggs
  • Potatoes & onions
  • Pork & RBR/Cap-K beef

Rock Bottom Ranch products are available for purchase during open hours. Please call ahead at (970) 927-6760 to confirm availability or to place an order for pick-up.  Rock Bottom Ranch winter hours are Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM . Join us for a Farm Tour on Fridays at 11 AM .
Also, don't miss ACES' annual Holiday Ham sale! We're pleased to offer ACES members at the Bighorn Sheep level (and above) early access to this special offering. ACES Holiday Ham sale will open to the public on December 7th. Stay tuned to ACES website for details!
Welcome Winter Naturalists!
We're thrilled to welcome our amazing team of Winter Naturalists this week , who will be leading snowshoe and ski tours this winter at Ashcroft, on Aspen Mountain, and in Snowmass. Please join us in welcoming Grayson, Jesse, Samantha, Jaron, Meghan, Madison, Jason, Hannah, Patrick, Shoshanna, and Veronica. 
Become a partner in ACES' work!
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