Enjoying an ACES field program at the Maroon Bells
Enjoying an ACES field program at the Maroon Bells
Aspen Elementary School ACES
Learning is fun with ACES!
Basalt Elementary School ACES
Environmental Education at Basalt Elementary School


ACES Ed encompasses the extensive science and environmental learning programs offered by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, creating a passion for learning and preparing regional students to excel in science at an early age. Since 1975, ACES Ed has partnered with local schools to provide a broad spectrum of science education in the classroom and in the field through  hands-on exploration. Regarded as "a science classroom without boundaries," ACES Ed curriculum is highly integrated with that of the schools to provide support for under-funded programs stressed to meet increasing district and state academic standards. ACES Ed fosters generations of ecologically literate citizens, building critical thinking skills, engaging in problem solving and opening doors to a brighter future for students of all ages.

ACES Ed provides nationally acclaimed, full-time, in-school environmental science education at Aspen Elementary School, Basalt Elementary School, and Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, as well as science programs and field study for over 50 regional schools in Pitkin, Garfield, Gunnison, and Eagle counties. ACES Ed programs make 65,000 student contacts each year, teaching over 2,500 in-classroom lessons and providing nearly 400 field programs to pre-school through high school students.

ACES Ed applies a diverse approach to science education, incorporating earth, physical and life sciences as well as elements of environmental ed, outdoor ed, experiential ed, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) ed, standards-based ed, placed-based ed and project-based learning. ACES Ed programs also integrate components from ACES' other areas of focus, including sustainable agriculture and forest health curriculum.

ACES also collaborates with other non-profits, school districts, business, organizations, and more to support regional environmental science education initiatives. For more information contact Edcation Director Arin Trook at atrook@aspennature.org.

ACES Ed programs have received many awards and garnered important recognition:
•    North American Association for Environmental Education Award for Most Outstanding Local Environmental Education Organization

•    Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education K-12 Education Partnership Award
•    Colorado Department of Education recognized ACES' work in Aspen Elementary School as a model program

•    Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Agriculture Award for Rock Bottom Ranch educational program

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