Naturalist Nights

Each winter, together with Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon, ACES invites regional experts to explore and share topics of the natural world through slide shows and discussion.

From January to March, this popular series takes place in Aspen every Thursday evening at 6PM, and in Carbondale every Wednesday at 6PM, providing an educational activity for visitors and locals alike. Tea donated by Two Leaves Tea Company and Paradise Bakery cookies or Sweet Coloradough Donuts are offered. 

Naturalist Nights 2019 Lineup: 

  • January 
    • 2 (C) & 3 (A) | Creating an American Nile: The Colorado River's Forgotten Global History | Sara Porterfield, Tributaries Consulting, LLC
    • 9 (C) & 10 (A) | Close-up Stories From The Trinidad Rainforest | Ray Mendez, Asa Wright Nature Center
    • 16 (C) & 17 (A) | The White-tailed Ptarmigan: An Alpine Icon in Colorado | Kathryn Bernier, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
    • 23 (C) & 24 (A) | Greater Sandhill Cranes in Colorado’s High Country | Van K. Graham, Retired from Colorado Parks & Wildlife
    • 30 (C) & 31 (A) | Wildfire: From CATCH-ment, to water-SHED, to CATCH-ment | Liz Schnackenberg, United States Forest Service
  • February
    • 6 (C) & 7 (A) | What is the Future of Colorado's Aspen Forests with Climate Change? | Bill Anderegg, Ph.D., University of Utah
    • 13 (C) & 14 (A) | When the Well Runs Dry: Securing Water for People & Nature in the Colorado River Basin | Aaron Derwingson, The Nature Conservancy
    • 20 (C) & 21 (A) | The Deep History of Pueblo People | Mark Varien, Ph.D., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
    • 27 (C) & 28 (A) | Colorado’s Snowpack: Adventures in Monitoring and What It Means for Our Water Supply | Gigi A. Richard, Ph.D., Ft. Lewis College
  • March
    • 6 (C) & 7 (A) | How the Changing Climate is Affecting Wildflowers and Pollinators in the Colorado Rocky Mountains | David W. Inouye, Ph.D., Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

 Thanks to our 2019 community sponsors for making it possible to film the Naturalist Nights series. To watch past presentations on our YouTube channel, click here.