Highlights In This Issue:
Summer Thank You , Fall Colors Membership Potluck Dinner, Adult Naturalist Field School Classes , ACES Ed Heads Back to School ... and more!
Thank You for a Wonderful Summer!
Thank you to ACES' members, partners, volunteers
& to our wonderful community for a fabulous summer season!

Click on the collage above to view a slideshow of this summer's kids' classes.

  • More than 490 adults & 1,150 children participated in our Naturalist Field School offerings this summer at Hallam Lake & Rock Bottom Ranch, including partner programs with Roaring Fork Conservancy, Aspen Art Museum, The Art Base, & Ajax Sleepaway, as well as our first "Women in the Wild" backpacking leadership course for 10-14 year olds.

  • ACES' community events connected over 4,000 people and included memorable moments such as our Jessica Catto Dialogues lecture series featuring Philipp Hildebrand and Gina McCarthy, An Evening on the Lake summer benefit with keynote speaker Annie Leonard, our 6th annual Raptor Fair, & 3rd annual Stars Above Aspen community astronomy event.

  • Rock Bottom Ranch continued to host our locally-famous Farm to Table dinners and this summer, we introduced a new Burlap Dinner dining series. Since 2013, ACES has served over 6,000 Farm to Table meals, highlighting Ranch products as well as other locally-sourced ingredients. The addition of a moveable, unheated hoop house this spring nearly doubled covered production space for summer tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more. We're looking forward to a bountiful harvest season ahead!
SPECIAL THANKS to our Summer Assistant, Jasmin Tellez & to our team of Educator-in-Training (EIT) volunteers who helped to make this summer's ACES' kids programming such a success!

Thank you Jasmin, Langdon, Kaia, Audrey, Kate, Charlie, Elle, Matias, Tomas, Natalia, Zoey, Zachery, Clay, Daniel, Paul, Alex B., Elizabeth, Linnea, Anders, Bayard, Ben, Emma, Christopher, Brayden, Michelle, Yasmin, Jessie, Maddie, Lucian, Flora, Maddie, Christian, Alex R., Angelina, Raffella, Jack, Daisy, Elle, Roxanne, and Lucy. We hope to see you again soon!
ACES staff with Summer Assistant, Jasmin Tellez on her last day before studying abroad in Belgium!
bikes
Thanks for biking this summer!

We would like to thank the City of Aspen's Transportation Options Program (TOP) for once again funding the Hallam Lake Bike Board challenge, which rewards participants for biking, walking, or bussing to ACES for week-long summer programs! 

This summer, over 160 kids participated in the challenge and over 70 bike bells were awarded to those who used alternative transportation for an entire week. Of those 70, 20 kids completed our new summer challenge by using alternative transportation for more than two weeks, earning a special bike light! Participants were also entered into weekly drawings to win gift cards to local businesses, such as Red Fox Frozen Yogurt, Explorer Booksellers, and Paradise Bakery, who each donated prizes for the challenge. 

Our bike racks were full and your participation helped to limit cars on the roads and in our parking lots; all working towards reducing our collective carbon footprint!
We'd love to hear from you!

ACES deeply values feedback from families who have participated in our Kids' Naturalist Field School (KNFS) programs, which helps us to improve offerings at both Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch. To those who have already sent us feedback - thank you! 

If you would like to provide input on our programs, please fill out the short, anonymous survey by clicking the links below. Your input is much appreciated!

Click on the titles below to provide feedback.

ACES Ed Heads Back to School
As ACES Education heads into the 2018-19 school year, we are poised for an incredible step forward in the evolution of ACES' environmental education program. In September, ACES launches our new partnership with the Re-2 School District, offering new programs to the communities of New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute, and Battlement Mesa. Thanks to support from Generation Wild , ACES will expand our in-school program into six new public elementary schools in these communities. As a result, a wide range of students who have not previously had access to ACES Education, including our field programs and amazing teaching sites, will now have have the opportunity to experience the ACES Education model, both in-school and in the field.

In addition to our new education programs in West Garfield county, ACES Educators are stepping into a new school year with Basalt, Crystal River, and Aspen Elementary schools. It's an exciting time to watch local students return and to continue building our relationship with students and families across the Roaring Fork Valley.
Upcoming Community Events
Thursday, September 13 | 6 PM - 9 PM
Rock Bottom Ranch
$12 / $10 Members

Celebrate the harvest season with music & dancing! Learn new steps with the help of the Wooden Nickel String Band and an experienced caller, Chris Kermiet. A farm-fresh dinner from Rock Bottom Ranch will be available for purchase, with beer from Roaring Fork Beer Co. Whether this is your first Contra Dance or your fiftieth, all experience levels are welcome!

Please bike, walk, or carpool to Rock Bottom Ranch. Parking is extremely limited.
Thursday, September 20 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Catto Center at Toklat
Free

As a token of our gratitude, we invite ACES members to the Catto Center at Toklat for our annual Fall Colors Potluck dinner! Experience the Castle Creek Valley at the peak of fall colors and enjoy live music with family, friends, and fellow ACES members. Bring your favorite dish to share, and we'll provide libations!

Please bike or carpool to the Catto Center at Toklat. Parking is limited.
Harvest Party SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, October 13 | 12 PM - 4 PM
Rock Bottom Ranch
Tickets TBD

Each year, ACES invites the Roaring Fork Valley community to honor the harvest season at Rock Bottom Ranch. This event is a fundraiser for environmental science education, particularly focusing on sustainable agriculture.

Harvest Party features lunch, live music, and fun activities including pumpkin carving, apple cider pressing, hay rides, farm tours, face painting, traditional ranch games, dancing, a "green" silent auction, and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Stay tuned for ticket information. More event details coming soon!
Explore Fall with ACES
Click on the titles below for more information.

Daily Tours LAST DAY: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
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
Click on the titles below to register and for more information.

Daily & Weekly Programs
Monday - Saturday* | 11 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch
*No program September 3rd (Labor Day)

June 18 - September 1
Monday - Friday  |  4 PM
Saturday  |  2 PM
Hallam Lake

Saturdays, June 16 - September 1 | 10 AM - 3 PM
Hallam Lake

Weekly Parent-Child Series
Ages 0 - 2 years
Wednesdays, September 12 - November 28 | 9:30 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Ages 2 - 4 years
Wednesdays, September 12 - November 28 | 11 AM
Rock Bottom Ranch

Nature and Me | Preparing for Hibernation CLASS FULL (WAIT LIST OPEN)
Ages 0 - 4
Mondays, October 1 - December 3 | 10 AM
Hallam Lake
eagle
Adult Hikes & Field Classes
Click on the titles below to register and for more information.

Birding
Led by naturalist Rebecca Weiss
Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18*, 25 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Meet at Hallam Lake
*Meet at Rock Bottom Ranch 

Single-Day Naturalist Field School Classes
Led by artist Amy Beidleman
Friday, September 7 | 9 AM - 12 PM
Catto Center at Toklat

Led by photographer Jeremy Swanson
Saturday, September 22 | 9 AM - 3 PM
Catto Center at Toklat

Free, Donation-Based Classes
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)
Thursday, September 13 | 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.

Evening of the Elk SEPT 26 & OCT 5 CLASS FULL (WAIT LIST OPEN)
Led by Will Cardamone
Wednesday, September 26, October 2, 5 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Offered in partnership with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.
Meet at the North Lot parking lot at North Star Nature Preserve.
birding
Rock Bottom Ranch Products
The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and harvest season is well underway down at the Ranch! Our fields are overflowing with green and yellow zucchini and pattypan squash, and the vines are heavy with heirloom and cherry tomatoes. We have loved featuring our farm-raised pork loin in our recent Burlap and Farm to Table dinners. Nothing says fall quite like a pork roast with apple butter, kale, and new potatoes… So come by and share in the harvest bounty, or visit us at the Farmers Markets in Aspen and Basalt!

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

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.

Available products include:
  • Eggs
  • Kale, salad mix, Swiss chard
  • Cherry, heirloom & slicing tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, potatoes, radishes, squash blossoms, garlic, padrón peppers
  • Pork (bacon, chops, roasts, sausage)
  • RBR/Cap-K Beef (steaks, roasts, ground beef)
  • Chicken

Don't forget to buy your tickets to next month's Contra Dance at Rock Bottom Ranch , and also to save the date for our annual Harvest Party !
food
tomatoes
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