Highlights In This Issue:
Raptor Fair , Kids Camps & Family Programs, Adult Naturalist Field School Classes ,
 Rock Bottom Ranch Products ... and more!
Upcoming Events
Thursday, July 5 | 3 - 5 PM
Hallam Lake

ACES invites the community to celebrate Independence Day at the Raptor Fair! This free event for all ages includes visiting opportunities with several birds of prey, including a Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Screech Owl, and other activities around Hallam Lake. Formal bird-of-prey presentation will be at 4:15PM. Raptor Fair is generously sponsored by FirstBank.

Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to Hallam Lake!
Parking is very limited.
Wednesday, August 1 | 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Hallam Lake

Join Dr. Andrew Wilson, Assistant Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens, to learn identification clues and gain great appreciation for the amazing diversity of mushrooms in our local habitats.  

This evening presentation kicks off our 2-day field class on Thursday-Friday . Both mushroom events culminate with ACES' annual public Mushroom Fair on Friday afternoon from 1 - 4PM. Come for the evening presentation, for the Mushroom Fair, or for the whole fungi event!

Please bike, walk, or carpool to Hallam Lake. Parking is extremely limited.
Friday, August 3 | 1 PM - 4 PM
Hallam Lake

Join visiting fungi experts, Vera Evenson and Dr. Andrew Wilson to learn all about mushrooms! A wide variety of specimens will be exhibited, identified, and examined at this annual community event.

Please bike, walk, or carpool to Hallam Lake.
Parking is extremely limited.
Tuesday, August 7 | 6 PM - 7 PM
Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Gina McCarthy is one of the world’s most respected voices on the critical connection between the environment and global public health. McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress in public health and environmental protection. Her lecture, "The Future of the Planet: Climate Change & Environmental Protection," will feature her passion and vast wealth of knowledge gained from over 30 years as a public servant.

Please bike, walk, or carpool to Hotel Jerome.
Monday, August 13 | 6 PM - 10:30 PM
Sundeck on Aspen Mountain
Tickets prices TBA

ACES and Aspen Skiing Company are thrilled to present the third annual Stars Above Aspen, a community event all about astronomy! The public is invited to gaze through telescopes, learn the constellations, and enjoy interactive presentations at this family-friendly event. The Sundeck will be open for dinner and drinks throughout the evening.

More information about ticket sales and pricing coming soon.
Stay tuned to our website!
Summer Events Calendar
Click on the titles below to register and for more information.

Thursday, July 5 | Raptor Fair 
Thursday, July 12 | An Evening on the Lake SOLD OUT
Friday, July 20 | Farm to Table Dinner SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 21 | Farm to Table Dinner  SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August 1 | Colorado Mushroom Lecture
Friday, August 3 | Annual Mushroom Fair
Saturday, August 4 | Farm to Table Dinner SOLD OUT
Monday, August 13 | Stars Above Aspen
Thursday, August 16 | Burlap Dinner (On Sale Soon)
Thursday, August 30 | Burlap Dinner (On Sale Soon)
Thursday, September 13 | Contra Dance
Thursday, September 20 | Fall Colors Membership Potluck
Explore Summer with ACES
Click on the titles below for more information.

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.
MB hike
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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Monday, July 2 | 7 AM - 3 PM
Meet at the North Lot parking lot at North Star Nature Preserve.

Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24*, 31 | 7 AM - 10 AM
Meet at Hallam Lake
*July 24 meet at Rock Bottom Ranch

Monday, July 23 | 5 PM - 7 PM
Meet at Hallam Lake

Thursday, July 26 | 7 AM - 9 AM
Meet at the North Lot parking lot at North Star Nature Preserve.

Single-Day Naturalist Field School Classes
Wednesday, July 11 | 8 AM - 2 PM
Hallam Lake

Wednesday, July 25 | 9 AM - 1 PM
Hallam Lake

Two-Day Naturalist Field School Classes
Wednesday & Thursday, July 18 & 19 | 9 AM - 4 PM
Hallam Lake

Free, Donation-Based Classes
Mondays, June 18 - August 27 | 4 PM   - 5 PM
Hallam Lake

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

Take a Walk on the Other Side CLASS FULL (WAIT LIST OPEN)
Monday, July 16 | 9 AM - 1 PM
Offered in partnership with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.
Meet at the North Lot parking lot at North Star Nature Preserve.
Summer Educators-in-Training:
Volunteers Needed in August
ACES seeks young adults ages 14 and up to volunteer this summer - especially in August!

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
Summer is in full swing down at the ranch! Kiddos are fishing and boiling farm-fresh eggs in solar ovens; our tomatoes are ripening and kale is thriving; and we just welcomed a group of healthy piglets as the Ranch’s newest members! Come visit us this month at the Ranch or at the Aspen and Basalt Farmers' Markets!

We are open Monday - Friday from 9AM - 5PM, and Saturdays from 9AM - 1PM. We are located on the Rio Grande trail so bike on down if you can!

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. Visit our booths at Aspen Saturday Market and Basalt Sunday Market!

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

Please call the Ranch ahead of time to confirm availability.

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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