Mountain Mayhem: Picnic on the Preserve |

Mountain Mayhem: Picnic on the Preserve

Adam Hancock, a former ACES Naturalist & Educator, with ACES Director of Naturalist Programs Jim Kravitz. MarySue Bonetti photo.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) presented its annual Picnic on the Preserve on Monday, June 13, at Hallam Lake. ACES’ executive staff, board members, educators, naturalists, trustees and supporters gathered together to kick off the summer while also acknowledging the beloved organization’s 48th anniversary. (Which means all should be sure to save the date for half-century celebration just two years from now in 2018.) Despite gray skies, the turnout was grand with guests of all ages who were treated to a fun summer evening. ACES introduced its class of Summer Naturalist Interns, guests had the chance to see ACES’ resident wildlife up close and listen to live music from Ellie Barber Trio. Rock Bottom Ranch provided a farm-fresh buffet for dinner with products from its 113-acre wildlife preserve located mid-valley. As one of ACES’ four sites, which also include Hallam Lake, the Catto Center at Toklat (on Castle Creek Road) and Spring Creek (just up the Frying Pan), Rock Bottom Ranch serves as a hub for environmental education, wildlands preservation, and sustainable agriculture. For dessert, Paradise Bakery generously provided a table full of sweet treats. To become a member and support ACES programs while enjoying a variety of benefits, visit

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