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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen, CO 81611
970 925-5756
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Ranked #16 of 58 attractions in Aspen
Type: Educational Sites
Owner description: The Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, a wild place in the heart of Aspen, features an Environmental Learning Center, resident birds of prey, an indoor... more » Owner description: The Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, a wild place in the heart of Aspen, features an Environmental Learning Center, resident birds of prey, an indoor trout stream, a nature trail loop, bird watching, a naturalist on site, and programs all year round. Free to visit! « less
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Aspen, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Love to visit with my grandchildren ages 6 and 8... It's a unique opportunity to learn about the natural habitat of local birds and wildlife.. Be sure to bring your camera... Best shoes are light hikers... But anything will do. Indoors there's a stuffed mountain lion - and lots of learning stations with snakes etc... outdoors there's an eagle and... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was a nice surprise and it's free plus very user friendly. Nice short hike around nature ponds but highlight as the golden eagle and great horned owls.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

ACES is just north of downtown Aspen so if you are staying in the city it's best to walk there as parking is limited. It's a great place for kids as there is a golden eagle and great horned owl to view as well as nice walking paths around the small lake on the property. While admission is free, make... More

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Greendale, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Since I gave up downhill skiing a few decades ago, I look for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities whenever I'm on a winter vacation. ACES offers snowshoeing opportunities on Aspen Mountain, at Snowmass, and in Ashcroft. All of these were headed by brilliant, thoughtful, passionate about the environment, energetic guides. They took me into areas that I never... More

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Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We have been coming to Aspen for 4 years and this was our first visit to ACES, and I wish we had found it earlier. We have 2 children aged 6 and 8, and we are always looking for affordable activities on our days away from skiing. ACES is free, although I encourage you to leave a donation, and is... More

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Carbondale, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This is a must, be sure to dress warm and wear boots, Your camera will capture beauty at 13,000 ft and your guide is very informed, You will be pleased with this outing .

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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If I had this to do over again I would have visited here first. Has a good explanation of some of the geographic and natural sites. Kind of hidden. Once again I would recommend getting a walking tour book or a good pamphlet. We finally wised up and were given a good pamphlet at our accomodations at the St. Moritz,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) occupies a large patch of forest and wetlands in the center of Aspen, a nature preserve for over 40 years. The visitor center has materials and programs for kids, and some captive "unreleasable" (permanently disabled) large birds including an eagle and a great horned owl. Tuesday mornings during the summer a guided birdwatching... More

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

If you have some time to kill this is a good place to visit. We spent an hour there and we felt it was geared toward young children. They have naturalists that you can schedule educational tours with.

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Ithaca, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Attended the Raptor Day at ACES - fun for all ages! Many raptors to see up close, and the volunteers taught the attendees many interesting facts. Great day to learn about raptors!

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