Highlights In This Issue:
ACES Celebrates 50 Years in 2019 , ACES Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast, Potbelly Perspectives & Naturalist Nights , Explore Winter with ACES ... and more!
ACES Celebrates 50 Years in 2019
Over the past 50 years, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has honed a vision to build a more ecologically literate citizenry. With a foundation shaped by passionate environmental advocates like Elizabeth Paepcke and Stuart Mace, ACES is rooted in a powerful cause: to help others understand and connect with the natural world.

At such a crucial time in human history, ACES’ 50th comes at a critical moment. This is a time to root into our values, while expanding our vision for what we can achieve and the communities we can impact.

We have much in store for our ACES community, and we look forward to celebrating with you in 2019!
Hallam Lake: Now Open on Saturdays!

In honor of ACES 50th anniversary in 2019, we're excited to announce that we're opening Hallam Lake on Saturdays during the winter season!

Come visit us at our 25-acre nature preserve, right in the heart of Aspen during the following hours:

  • Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 5PM
Nature and Me
Naturalist Nights & Potbelly Perspectives
This week, ACES kicks off our 50th anniversary with this year's Potbelly Perspectives and Naturalist Nights winter speaker series. Below, you'll find details about upcoming presentations. To view the full 2019 lineup for each series, click here for Potbelly Perspectives and click here for Naturalist Nights.

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. Potbelly Perspectives presentations will be held at 7 PM , same time as last year.

Want to stay updated on upcoming speakers?
Sign up for ACES weekly reminders on Potbelly Perspectives & Naturalist Nights!
Click on the titles below to RSVP and for more information.
Neal Beidleman
January 2 | 7 PM
*Paepcke Auditorium
(Venue change)
Sara Porterfield, Ph.D.
January 3 | 6 PM
Hallam Lake
Elinor Fish
January 9 | 7 PM
Hallam Lake
Upcoming Community Events
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Thursday, January 10 - Saturday, January 12
Carving Thursday at 3 PM  until Saturday at 2 PM
Aspen Pedestrian Mall

This year, ACES will be participating in Wintersculpt: a 48-hour snow carving contest during Wintersköl weekend, sponsored by Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Come by and watch our sculpture as it progresses!
Friday, January 11 | 8:45 AM   - 10 AM
Buttermilk Mountain

Kick off ACES' 50th anniversary in 2019 by self-powering yourself to breakfast at the Cliffhouse restaurant, located at the top of Buttermilk! Uphill skiers are invited to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant after hiking up the mountain.
Tuesday, January 15 | 6 PM
The Collective, Snowmass

Join ACES Forest Programs Director, Adam McCurdy, for a special "Snowmass Edition" Naturalist Night! In his presentation, Adam will use maps and imagery to "fly-over" forests in the Snowmass area. He will bring the trees and wildlife that depend on these forests to life, and share some of the changes that are occurring right now in our forests. 
ACES Ed Update
2019 brings a great deal to celebrate with ACES Education as we launch our winter snow science programs on top of Aspen Mountain. With students ranging from kindergarten students from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs High School seniors, students from across the western slope join ACES to snowshoe on top of the world (or at least our watershed) in this wonderful partnership program with Aspen Skiing Company. Working with over 600 students this winter, ACES Ed students will dig snow pits to analyze snow pack, calculate water content, and experience firsthand the challenges of winter survival at 11,200 feet above sea level.

New this year is our work with the River Watch classes of Basalt and Glenwood Springs High School, as well as our programs with Wamsley Elementary School from Rifle. Blending science, winter adventure, and the wild beauty of the Elk Mountains, these programs educate students, while also building lifelong memories.
Explore Winter with ACES
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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 10:30 AM . Reservations are required.

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

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

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 11 AM and 1 PM .

Hire-a-Guide  for private, custom tours to explore many Aspen locations on your own schedule. Offered daily. Reservations are required.
Adult & Family Programs
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Led by Naturalist Rebecca Weiss
Tuesday, January 8 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Tuesday, February 5 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Meet at Hallam Lake

Rock Bottom Ranch
Tuesday, February 12 | 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Family Programs
Fridays | 11 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Mondays, January 28 - March 18 | 10 AM - 11 AM
Hallam Lake

Co-presented by ACES & Aspen Art Museum
Saturday, January 12 | 10 AM
Aspen Art Museum
RBR Ag pork butchery
Little Ranchers
Rock Bottom Ranch Products
With all the snowfall, it sure feels like winter at the Ranch. All of the animals are tucked in for winter and with the shorter, colder days the Ranch staff is busy planning for the upcoming season.  

Ranch products are limited during this slow production time of year. Pork, beef, and eggs 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 or schedule a private tour .
Happy New Year from ACES!
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