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Assessment in the ACES Ed Classroom

Posted in Kids' Corner

One of my long-term goals in the ACES Environmental Ed classroom at Aspen Elementary School has been to improve student assessment in 3rd and 4th grade. In ACES Ed, each grade level’s curriculum consists of 28 lessons that are divided into three or four units. These units weave state science standards together with place-based experiential lessons to create an environmental education experience that is both rooted in science and relevant to the natural environments where our students live.

North Star Birding: Rails & Snipes | May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30AM - 8:30AM
Weather: sunny, clear
Location: North Star

RBR News | May 26, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
The Ranch’s new honey bees are in their new homes and settling well. It was quite an adventure to get them, so we’re relieved that the installation of the bee nuc and subsequent inspections have been smooth and successful. The Agriculture staff at the Ranch is pretty excited for this new endeavor – we are all beginner beekeepers, but enthusiastic nonetheless! 

RBR News | May 19, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
After a string of unplanned events, minor delays, and a broken truck, things finally began to come together last weekend ahead of a busy week at ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch. This week, we have a full plate - installation of a new pizza oven, juggling vegetable soil prep and planting, and, perhaps most excitingly, introduction of new beehives.

Morning Birding Species List | May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: partly cloudy, cool.
Location: Hallam Lake, the Library, and Woody Creek


Hunter Creek Prescribed Fire: A Victory for Collaborative Restoration

On May 14th, 2016, following an extensive planning and monitoring process, a suitable spring burn window presented itself for the USFS White River National Forest and Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit to conduct a prescribed fire on the south-facing slopes in the Hunter Creek Valley.

Getting Into the Garden

Posted in Bulletin Board

With Spring around the corner, gardeners are dusting off their gloves and shovels and prepping for the growing season. In honor of this time of preparation, ACES is celebrating gardening this month at the Hallam Lake Visitor's Center and Nature Preserve.

RBR News | May 5, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
As you may have heard, ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch is the first farm in Colorado to achieve Certified Wildlife Friendly® status! This certification is awarded to farms that prioritize habitat conservation alongside agricultural production.  

Little Ranchers Take Back the Ranch

Posted in Kids' Corner

Spring is in full swing at ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch, as we’re busily preparing the soil, starting seedlings, and caring for all the newest farm animals who call the Ranch home. In the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed new piglets, lambs, chicks, and rabbit kits, with more on the way!  Spring at the Ranch also brings our Little Ranchers parent and child class with the youngest members of the ACES community.

Morning Birding Species List | May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: sunny, cold.
Location: Hallam Lake