2017 Annual Report

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ACES is leading an education revolution to create an environmentally literate society.

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Letter from the CEO


About ACES & Trustees




Naturalist Field School




Naturalist Programs


Forest Health




Catto Center at Toklat






Membership & Our Donors


Corporate Sponsors & Donor Profile




Where we Work


LETTER FROM THE CEO In chaos theory, the “butterfly effect” is described as a “sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.” More simply stated, small causes can have large effects. Concepts like this drive ACES’ work to make the world a better place because each of ACES 125,000 annual environmental science education contacts with kids and adults can have a big impact on society. While ACES provides ecological literacy programs for all ages, we focus more on early childhood education. Why? Because in the first seven years of life, the brain’s neural pathways get connected through experience at a rate of 1,000 new neural connections every second and these connection rates slow dramatically as we age. While genes certainly play a critical role, new science on early childhood brain development suggests that most of us are born with similar brain capabilities (sorry to those who thought they were born gifted). That means the Declaration of Independence is literally correct when it says, “All men (and women) are created equal.” But at birth, differentiation begins: In a more enriched environment where a child gets engaging relationships, hands-on experiences and more contact early in life, this results in better emotional, cognitive and executive functions. ACES is connecting neurons by connecting young people to the natural world both inside and outside the classroom.

Kids with early childhood education are five times more likely to graduate high school and three times more likely to graduate college. Our science education programs support that brain growth. And that is the starting point down the road to something even more critical— ecological literacy. Ecological literacy has never been more important in our country’s history. In this unique time, our federal leadership is taking no action to address climate change. They plan to dramatically reduce environmental regulations that protect our air, water, and food, and they believe that the use of more fossil fuels is the solution to energy independence. Politics aside, this direction reflects a lack of basic ecological literacy: no connection with nature (usually occurring in elementary school); no understanding of human dependence on ecosystem services (concepts learned in middle school); and no knowledge of even rudimentary environmental economics—where, in this case, short term economic gains will be offset by longer term external human health and mitigation costs (principles explored in high school and college). At ACES, we believe it doesn’t matter whether you are liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, being ecologically literate transcends these labels and leads to the understanding that in a world of 7.5 billion people (and growing), we all must be conservationists. The vast majority of conservationists don’t even self-identify as such. But, if you would rather that bulldozers not raze the woods, desert, or beach you love, then you are probably a conservationist. If you would rather that the tiger, mountain gorilla or polar bear not go extinct, then you are probably a conservationist. If you like the idea that some places should be truly wild and free, then you are probably a conservationist.


ABOUT ACES And, if you want clean air, clean water, clean food, a stable climate—these transcend our differences and our politics—for you and your children, then you are a conservationist. This report gives you an overview of our education and conservation work in sustainable agriculture, forest health, land restoration, climate change, ecology, and environmental science. We know that when it comes to environmental science education, small causes lead to big effects that improve and protect our world. We’re creating those causes every day, affecting a few million neural pathways at a time. I hope you’ll join our effort.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a nonprofit environmental science education organization with four locations in the Roaring Fork watershed: ACES at Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, the Catto Center at Toklat, and Spring Creek. Making 125,000 education contacts each year, ACES reaches Colorado residents and visitors through guided hikes, environmental science lessons in schools and in the field, environmental education consulting, kids camps and adult classes, public lectures, community events, and more. Programmatic areas of focus include ecological literacy, sustainable agriculture, forest and ecosystem health, climate change, and environmental civic leadership. ACES partners with land trusts, public agencies, government entities, and nonprofits to collaborate on regional land stewardship efforts. Projects include restoration and cooperative management on private lands under conservation easement, open space, and public lands.

Chris Lane Chief Executive Officer

Since 1968, ACES has been meeting its mission, “Educating for environmental responsibility.”

TRUSTEES Jeff Berkus, Chair Gretchen Bleiler Michael Carricarte David Corbin, Treasurer John Doerr Ryan Elston Cindy Kahn Reenie Kinney Mirte Mallory, Vice-Chair Amy Margerum Berg Kim Master

Eagles at Rock Bottom Ranch

Gina Murdock Jerry Murdock Wally Obermeyer Margot Pritzker Daniel Shaw Rachel Sherman, Secretary Maile Spung, Officer Tillie Walton Peter Welles Alison Wente





TOMORROW’S VOICES: Civic Engagement & Ecological Citizenship In our current environmental, social, and political climate, educating for an environmentally literate citizenry continues to be our utmost priority. We’re also committed to integrating principles of civic engagement and leadership into all of our programs and curricula.

In 2016, ACES Ed took significant steps to expand ecological literacy in our communities and region. Building on almost 40 years of educational innovations and integrated environmental science education in schools and in field programs, ACES Ed is working with a larger and more diverse array of schools and educational organizations than ever before.


ACES has expanded its traditional programming to offer increased training and consulting for educators,



Student Contacts


Schools & Youth Organizations Served

administrators, school districts, nonprofits, and policymakers. With these efforts, ACES is taking an active leadership role to support environmental science education at local, state, and regional levels. ACES launched the Colorado Connects Scholarship (CCS) program in 2016. The program provides direct funding to underrepresented schools and students from across the Western Slope and beyond. In its first year, CCS supported a 15% increase in the schools that have access to ACES Ed.


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Field Programs

These values are a primary focus of the Tomorrow’s Voices program, a collegelevel course offered every semester for Roaring Fork Valley high school students. With a focus on social justice and environmental stewardship, the class works to develop informed, active, and ethical student leaders through actionoriented, issues-based investigations.


For over 30 years, ACES Naturalist Field School (NFS) has connected people of all ages with the natural world. From Rock Bottom Ranch kitchen cooking demonstrations to kids camps to field hikes and courses for adults, NFS programs educate and inspire participants. During the summer months, ACES becomes a hub of activity and learning. Abandoning indoor classrooms, Educators embrace the natural world, leading programs that combine environmental science education with outdoor exploration. Over the course of a week, kids form lasting friendships as they share in immersive and informative experiences in nature. Adult classes offer opportunities for lifelong learning and provide a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the environment.


In 2016, ACES developed new and unique programming for young teens. Participants explored topics such as wilderness survival and wildlife biology through hands-on experiences in a range of new camp offerings. The young adults finished their weeks as strong leaders, discerning scientists, betterinformed food consumers, and experienced outdoors people. As we continue to strengthen our programs, ACES is committed to providing relevant, engaging, and exciting program opportunities for learners and adventurers of all ages.


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At Rock Bottom Ranch(RBR), ACES models agriculture production systems that prioritize ecosystem health, energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, land stewardship, animal welfare, and social heritage. This work occurs in an outdoor classroom that hosts over 10,500 educational contacts per year who learn about the connections between food production and the health of the planet. Through our livestock multi-species rotational grazing system, we are producing food in a manner that improves soil health, promotes animal welfare, protects surrounding ecosystems, reduces natural resource and fossil fuel consumption, and even sequesters carbon (see opposite graph). In 2016, Rock Bottom Ranch expanded livestock production through a partnership with family-owned Cap-K Ranch to demonstrate small-scale, sustainable methods for raising cattle. Additionally, Rock Bottom Ranch focuses on energy efficiency, community partnerships, and programs and events that support local food awareness and education. The construction of an innovative seed start house provides season extension capabilities, expanding harvests of over 100 varieties of vegetables. In 2016, ACES partnered with the Aspen Ideas Festival to explore issues of food security and food waste and also partnered with the City of Aspen on a vegetable garden contest and tour to promote vegetable production within city limits. Classes for adults, camps for kids, and events for all-ages at Rock Bottom Ranch demonstrate ACES brand of “eco-agriculture� and educate consumers about topics related to food production in hopes that they will make informed decisions about their food that support a healthy planet.


Rock Bottom Ranch

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- 4,036

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Rock Bottom Ranch

3.22 lb CO2 per lb of meat

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27 lb CO2 per lb meat

We produce local non-GMO, organic food that is, pesticide, hormone, and synthetic chemical free with a low carbon footprint. RBR soils and forests sequester enough carbon to create a net carbon sink of RBR operations. This data shows how important society’s choices about food are to the health of our planet.

Harper Kaufman and Christian LaBar joined the Rock Bottom Ranch agriculture team in 2014 after studying climate science at the University of Montana and working at various farms in the West. Over two growing seasons, they helped take ACES’ sustainable food production to new levels. In 2015, ACES grew almost 27,000 pounds of food, including vegetables, eggs, and pasture-raised meats. After their experiences at ACES, Harper and Christian started Two Roots Farm in Carbondale, Colorado. In addition to providing local food, their operation seeks to improve soil quality through organic practices, no-till principles, and innovative season extension techniques. Harper and Christian also started the Roaring Fork Farmers group connecting sustainable food advocates, farmers and policy makers to help build a more resilient local food shed. Find Harper and Christian at tworootsfarm.com and at the Aspen Saturday Market.


NATURALIST PROGRAMS: Each June, ACES spends two weeks training up to 18 new Summer Naturalists. These enthusiastic college graduates spend the next two and a half months providing educational outreach for both visitors and residents at iconic sites throughout the Aspen area. Through training, individual research, and guiding, Naturalists develop a deep knowledge of local ecology, environmental issues, human history, and the physical landscape. Over the course of the summer, Naturalists learn to use storytelling to explain a range of subjects, inspiring a



connection to the Aspen area for over 41,000 locals and visitors each season. ACES Naturalists often develop deeper understanding and passion about the subjects they are most interested in as they plot their own career paths. For more than 30 years, this ever-growing group of ACES alumni have gone out into the world affecting change. As scientists, teachers, land managers, policy makers, nonprofit administrators, and sustainability experts, Naturalists further ACES’ mission when they bring their knowledge, communication skills, and appreciation of the natural world to their new communities.

THE BIRDIST Nick Lund, 2007 ACES Naturalist, currently works in Washington, DC for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). His work centers on oil and gas activities in and around U.S. National Parks. In his spare time, Nick writes about birds and birding. By combining his deep passion for birds with a humorous and witty writing style, Nick brings birds to the masses and helps make birding approachable and engaging. Check out Nick’s amazing work in his blog TheBirdist.com as well as contributed pieces for the National Audubon Society, The Washington Post, National Geographic online, and Slate.



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HUNTER CREEK FIRE RESULTS In 2016, ACES, in partnership with City of Aspen, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, United States Forest Service, and Wilderness Workshop, successfully conducted a 900acre prescribed fire in the Hunter Creek Valley, just outside of City of Aspen limits. A primary goal of the fire was improving the vitality and overall health of the aspen forests in the area. Results from a Colorado State University-led study show initial signs of success finding that burned plots had an average of 2,385 aspen shoots per acre, compared to an average of 255 aspen shoots per acre on unburned plots. Aspen forests are a biodiversity hotspot in the Rocky Mountains. In addition to providing food and habitat for wildlife, aspen trees’ high moisture content makes them less susceptible to ignition during wildfires. Over the past 20 years, aspen forests in Colorado have been in significant decline due to higher temperatures, drought conditions, and fire suppression. Improving aspen tree health in Hunter Creek will enhance wildlife habitat and decrease the risk of wildfire spreading into the city limits.

The beginning of the 21st century will be remembered as the time when much of the West realized that all was not well in our forests. Years of mismanagement, coupled with budget cuts, persistent drought, and above-average temperatures continue to cause tree mortality rates not seen in recent history. ACES works to combat this trend through on-the-ground restoration, new research, and education. As we begin to experience the inevitable impacts of climate change in our communities and around the world, regeneration after Hunter Creek prescribed fire

our work helps to ensure that the forests of tomorrow are resilient, healthy, and that their ecological and social values are understood and prioritized. In addition to our on-the-ground work in Hunter Creek (see Spotlight) we continue to focus on education through our Forest Health Index platform (foresthealthindex. org), research through our revolutionary Forest Forecasts model (forestforecasts.org) and outreach with our annual State of the Forest Report.




In 2016, ACES continued its strong tradition of bringing the community together around its mission through events. Ranging from community weed pulls to gourmet sustainable dinners, ACES events nourish the mind while building community and affecting positive change. Over the past year, a partnership with the Aspen High School Astronomy Club


allowed us to dramatically expand our astronomy program. This partnership enabled ACES to host monthly Astronomy Nights at Hallam Lake and a stellar, firstever “Stars Above Aspen” event at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain thanks to the partnership of co-presenters Aspen Skiing Company and Aspen Science Center.

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL For the last three years, ACES has hosted sold-out screenings of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Proceeds from the events benefit ACES’ Tomorrow’s Voices program in honor of Willard Clapper, who co-founded the program in 2000. Tomorrow’s Voices is a college-level class providing civics and environmental leadership education for Roaring Fork Valley high school students (see Spotlight on p. 6).


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Jessica Catto Dialogues

An Evening on the Lake

Naturalist Nights & Potbelly Perspectives Lecture Series

Hunter Creek Volunteer Weed Pull

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Mushroom Lecture & Fair

Earth Day Celebration & Green Drinks Kick-off

Farm to Table Dinners

Membership Fall Colors Potluck

Membership Picnic on the Preserve

Harvest Party

Raptor Fair

ACES Après Holiday Open House

The annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a program of the watershed advocacy group, South Yuba River Citizens League. Now in its 15th year, the festival kicks off every January in California followed by an international tour to over 150 communities around the globe. The festival is a call to action, featuring short films that inspire, motivate, and transform audiences into a congregation of committed activists dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. The popular community event has become a staple of ACES’ calendar; it aligns naturally with our work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment and enhances support for the Tomorrow’s Voices program each year.

CATTO CENTER AT TOKLAT: Since the Mace family built and created Toklat in the late 1940’s, it has been a place of inspiration, reflection, and creativity where visitors pursue intellectual and spiritual connections at the head of Castle Creek. Fresh ideas and passion at the Catto Center at Toklat have solidified many decades of community programs in recent years. The setting’s natural beauty and historic significance, paired with Isabel Mace’s tradition of serving wholesome food, nourishes the minds, bodies, and spirits of countless visitors.


ACES’ Catto Center at Toklat serves as a “window into wildness,” a gathering place, and a retreat for discourse. Visitors come to Toklat for diverse reasons: workshops in traditional crafts, corporate and organizational retreats, field science classes, or to visit with our seasonal artists in residence. Whatever the reason, people leave the Catto Center at Toklat with a renewed connection to the natural world.




Investment Income <1%

Fundraising Expenses 10%

Other Income 7% Contributions 34%

Management & General Expenses 13%

Admission & Tuition 14%

Membership Income 4%

Endowment 9%

Total Program Expenses 77%

$1,685,117 Grants 5%

Revenue & Other Support

Multi-year Pledges 27%








Multi-year Pledges









Assets Cash & Cash Equivalents Grants Receivable Pledges Receivable

2014 2,523,408






705,979 7,041













Admission & Tuition




Land, Building & Equipment




Other Income




Total Assets










Total Revenue

Liabilities Accounts Payable





Program Expenses

Accrued Expenses




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Total Liabilities







Total Program Expenses







Fundraising Expenses




Temporarily Restricted Net Assets

Total Supporting Service Expenses




Permanently Restriced Assets

Total Expenses




Excess of Revenue over Expenses




Management & General Expenses

2016 160,115

Note Payable

Educational Expense

Net Assets

Supporting Service Expenses

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2015 2,654,621

Membership Income

Investment Income


2016 3,666,120

Unrestricted Net Assets (Undesignated)

Total Net Assets Total Liabilities & Net Assets
































$1.5M $1M





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For the third consecutive year, ACES obtained a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. This exceptional rating means that ACES exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its category for financial health, accountability, and transparency. The financial statements of ACES were audited by Reese Henry & Company, Inc. A copy of the complete Independent Auditor’s Report is available on the ACES website.




The 2015/16 fiscal year marked a new milestone in ACES’ financial history with revenues exceeding $4 million. Much of this growth is related to several significant multi-year pledges to the general operating fund, Forest Programs, and Education Programs. Total Expenses of $2,373,840 decreased by approximately 5% from the previous fiscal year. ACES’ commitment to controlling expenses is embedded in its conservation ethic and allows ACES to nimbly expand its programming to broader and more diverse audiences.







Natural Gas




ACES continues to work toward its goal to reduce carbon emissions. In 2016, we had the lowest carbon emissions from electricity in the past 10 years. A 25-kw solar photovoltaic system installed at Rock Bottom Ranch in 2015 is primarily responsible for this reduction. As ACES continues to expand agricultural operations and educational programs, we endeavor to balance this growth with efficiency improvements and the additional use of renewable energy sources.






Electricity 95856 KWH $11,652 327 58 Fuel


Gallons $6,510

201.21 15.69

Natural Gas






Gallons $5,046


$3,062 $26,270


278.72 17.62 1071.23 104.53

*CO2 measured in metric tons


MEMBERSHIP: MAKING AN IMPACT Donor Circles Individuals and families that support ACES programming through significant gifts of $1,200 or more are acknowledged as Donor Circles members. Throughout the year, Donor Circles members enjoy special benefits such as priority registration for events like An Evening on the Lake and Farm to Table Dinners. Members are invited to unique dinners at ACES sites such as the Snow Moon Dinner at the Catto Center at Toklat, private receptions with visiting scientists and speakers, and special Naturalist-led hikes and adventures. Young Environmental Advocates (YEA): ACES is thrilled to launch a new $25 membership level for individuals 30 years old and younger who are interested in supporting our work. The YEA membership also aims to inspire and nurture young members’ personal and professional development through engagement in our organization. YEA members are invited to socialize and network at ACES programs and events, while they build a knowledge base that enables them to address today’s environmental issues in an informed and engaged manner. For more information on ACES membership visit www.aspennature.org, call 970.925.5756, or email Development Director, Christy Mahon, at cmahon@aspennature.org.

OUR DONORS We would like to thank the following individuals, businesses, organizations, and families for their extraordinary support between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016.

Chairman’s Circle ($50,000 and above) Anonymous John and Ann Doerr Adam and Melony Lewis Jerry and Gina Murdock The Walton Family Foundation Restorer’s Circle ($25,000 - $49,999) Mr. Edward P. Bass Catto Charitable Foundation Suzanne Farver and Clint VanZee Allison and Warren Kanders Malott Family Foundation Thomas and Margot Pritzker The Rodel Foundation Benefactor ($10,000 - $24,999) Anonymous Dawn Arnall The Baum Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Barron Amy Margerum Berg and Gilchrist Berg John and Jackie Bucksbaum Michael and Natalie Carricarte Catto Shaw Foundation Jamie and Bush Helzberg Annie and Jerry Hosier Breckie and Matt Hunt Shana and Clint Johnstone Helen Ward and Walter Obermeyer Rob Pew and Susan Taylor Ben Pritzker RCG Fund Gunnar and Alex Sachs Vinny and Tori Smith Becky and Christopher Steere Innovator ($5,000 - $9,999) Anonymous Pamela Alexander Jeff and Becky Berkus Kristen and Charles Bieler Randy and Althy Brimm Ella and Scott Brittingham Bill and Jess Budinger Sarah Challinor Sasha Camacho Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd E. Cotsen Gary and Sylvie Crum Neal and Jan Dempsey Ronda Ferber Pat Goudvis Bill and Lelia Harriman

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Ellen and Bill Hunt Carol and Mike Hundert Reenie Kinney and Scott Hicks Mr. and Mrs. John McBride Leslie and John McQuown Laurie Michaels and David Bonderman Peter H. and Lucille Glass Kuyper Foundation Ashley and Mike Ramos Craig Robbins Don and Barbara Rosenberg Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schermer The Schuster Family Foundation Rachel and Tony Sherman Donna and Ron Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woods Jeff and Elisha Zander Advocate ($2,500 - $4,999) Sallie and Thomas Bernard Sam Brown and Alison Teal Mallory and Harrison Buck Clint and Nancy Carlson Mr. and Mrs. William Catto Laura Donnelley Marsha and David Dowler Leo and Marcy Edelstein Lauren and Ryan Elston Mr. and Mrs. Donnelley Erdman George and Susan Fesus Peter and Patty Findlay Wally and Kristen Graham Mary and Jim Griffith Robert and Soledad Hurst Cindy Kahn, Steve Marker, and Ruby Marker Jack and Diane Kennedy Michael Klein and Joan Fabry Rebecca and Doug Leibinger Daniel and Margaret Loeb Kim Master and Noah Lieb Mr. and Mrs. Tom McCloskey Willem and Lisa Mesdag David Moray Norman and Melinda Payson Bob Purvis Betsy Rockett Nancy and Charles Rubin Mr. and Mrs. David T. Schiff Phyllis and David Scruggs Robert Wagner and Jill St. John Steward ($1,200 - $2,499) Gerhard and Jeanne Andlinger Susan and Jack Apple

Joe and Jessi Baker Kathy and Carter Barger Cara and Robert Barnes Buddy and Connie Bates Mike and Jackie Bezos Ginny and Charles Brewer Jamie Brewster McLeod and Glen McLeod Galen Bright and Lucy Tremols R. Malcolm Brown Kenton and Donna Bruice Ruth Carver Tom and Megan Clark Thomas and Noel Congdon David Corbin Mrs. Carol G. Craig Anthony Dilucia Bruce and Jaren Ducker Joshua and Filipa Fink Chris Flynn Diane and Alan Franco Michelle and Perry Griffith Anna Hansen and Lance Armstrong Andrew Hauptman and Ellen Bronfman Hauptman Louise and Phil Hoversten Joe and Susan McLaughlin Jangro Matthew and Jessica Jay Kirsten and Kyle Johnstone Mike and Laura Kaplan Jane and Gerald Katcher Alex and Scott Kendrick Kathy and Warren Klug Gary and Laura Lauder Jonathan and Barbara Lee Amanda and Justin Leonard Francine and Tag Liebel Barbara and John Patrick McMahon Ashley and Matt O’Reilly Chad and Ilona Oppenheim Hensley and James Peterson Ali and David Phillips Phillip and Emily Ring Kathy LeMieux-Rodman and William Rodman Mark and Lorraine Schapiro Carole and Gordon Segal Mr. Albert H. Small Colter and Meredith Smith Robin and Kenny Smith Mr. Bill Stirling Cheryl Towning Barbara Trueman Eleanor von Stade Bob and Ruth Wade Jay and Patti Webster William Wrigley, Jr. Paula Zurcher Black Bear ($600 - $1,199) Anonymous Harry and Karen Andrews Davis and Coventry Berg Lee and Keith Bryant

Carolyn Bucksbaum Joe and Kristin Casey Chevy and Jayni Chase David and Katherine Chase Lisa Chiles Sally Cole Charlie Cole Leslie Desmond Muffy and Andy DiSabatino Maja and Nicholas DuBrul Gail and Richard Elden Clayton and Shel Erikson Barbara Fretz Ashley Friedman Lady and Chip Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Greenberg Nicholas Groos Joan W. Harris The William H. and Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation Kristen Henry Juliane M. Heyman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hines David and Lisa Hoener Clark and Tavia Hunt Barbara Reid and David Hyman Rusty and John Jaggers Zem and James Joaquin Mary Schmidt-Libby and Russell Libby Eric Lish Peter Looram Mirte Mallory and Philip Jeffreys Red Butte Roasters Marian Melville Sarah Meserve David and Fredericka Middleton Ann Mullins Marcie and Robert Musser David Newberger Tom and Terri Newland The O’Hagan Family Bobbi and Michael Ortiz Jim and Jan Patterson Stephen Pineault Ken and Emily Ransford Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robinson John Rowland and Sarah Broughton Loren and Mary Ryerson Judith Scherer Richard and Sarah Shaw Ryan and Anda Smalls Wendy and David Smith Curt Strand Linda and Dennis Vaughn Jesse and Felipe Vieira da Rocha Carl Walker Craig and Becky Ward Alison and Jonathan Wente Big Horn Sheep ($300 - $599) Duane and Sherry Abbott Catherine Aeppel

Aspen Allergy Conference Mr. and Mrs. A. Richard Belding Mr. Bruce Berger Gina Berko and David Fleisher Drs. Paula and William Bernstein Mel and Paulette Blumenthal Liz and John Bokram Allison and Randall Bone Juanita Bordley Karen Brooks Lawrence and Marla Butler Mark Guzzi and Mary Elizabeth Callaway Ms. Marcia Corbin Dan Daly Brian and Andy Davies Michael and Kam Davies Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace Andrew DePaul Mary Dominick and Sven Coomer Carol Donnally Antonia P. DuBrul Carol Duell Mrs. Sandra Eskin Mrs. M. Joan Farver Sara Finkle Donald Fleisher and Audrey Sattler Edmund Frank

Kristina Fraser Janet Roberts and Larry Fredrick Mr. and Mrs. Owen O. Freeman Jr. Ms. Dorothy Frommer Dr. Leland M. Garrison Sharon Geaghan Lynn Nichols and Jim Gilchrist Denise and Andy Goldfarb Mr. Arthur Greenberg Arthur Greenberg Jeff Finesilver and Krystina Greenwood Ruth Grinspoon Allen and Jane Grossman Lisa and Bill Guth Beth and Chris Haga Jennifer and Matthew Hamilton Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hite Johnanna and Todd Hoeffner Matthew and Kate Holstein Jefferson and Karen Hughes Riley, JP and Ellis Hutchens Chonnie and Paul Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jelinek Daniel Johnson Kevin Messerschmidt & Denise Jurgens Scott Kaplan

Earned 21%

Multi-year Pledges 27%

Grants 5%

Endowment 9% Individuals/Foundations 38%

Earned $944,024 21% Grants $214,000 5% Individuals/Foundations $1,685,117


Endowment $410,000 9% Multi-year Pledges



TOTAL $4,451,911


OUR DONORS Kristan and Heather Kaplinski Barbara Klein Colin Knight Ellen Knous Diana and Chris Lane Mark Lantz Ms. Toby D. Lewis Paula and Monty Loud Brady Lowe Barbara and Don Margerum Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Marx III Jacqui Matthews Peggy Culver and William Mayer Mr. and Mrs. Tom Melberg Beth and Josh Mondry Ellen Jane and Ben Moss Janie Rich and Scott Munro John Neil Andrew Pargellis and Sandi Nash Mr. Everett Peirce Frank Peters and Marjory Musgrave Avilla Peterson Karl Peterson Mr. and Mrs. John Phillips Catherine Anne Provine Susan and Kenneth Quintenz Darren Quintenz Chris and Kate Roberts Margaret and Dwayne Romero Elaine and Marvin Rosenberg Scott and Allyson Russell Fiona Sada Joshua and Nina Saslove Mr. Richard Scales Auden Schendler and Ellen Freedman Mr. and Mrs. W. Ford Schumann Darlene and Jerome Schwoerer Mrs. Mary Hugh Scott Katie Sill William Stolz Clifford and Natasha Stowe Marilyn and Frederick Subula Lucy Lea Tucker Anne and Mark Uhlfelder Linda Vidal Elizabeth Weaver and Michael Marek Susan Welsch Steven Wolff and Lynne Feigenbaum Jennifer Woodward Mary and Bob Wooten Buzz and Alison Zaino

Cutthroat Trout ($100 - $299) Anonymous Vanessa and Karl Adam Gregg and Catherine Adams B.J. and Michael Adams ALEX Bottle Mone Anathan Danny Angeles Joanne and David Applebaum J. Gary Augustson

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Rebecca T. Ayres Elizabeth Ballinger Jack and Diane Barlow Justin and Amy Barrow Sarah and Dan Bayer Andrea and Travis Beard Brett Beavers and Kathy Fry John and Mary Ann Beckley Skip and Donna Behrhorst Amy and Neal Beidleman Meredith Bell John and Janie Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bergman Diana Beuttas Michael and Wendy Blakeslee Rita Bloom Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul Mary Upton and Mac Boelens John and Shelley Bogaert Clair Bradley Corinne Bradley Jennifer and Ben Brennan Killeen Brettmann Phyllis Bronson Ruthie and Gene Burrus Heidi and Jim Ingram Jennifer Butler and Kevin Sheehan Tony and Terri Caine Gary and Lynne Caletti Sheena Cameron-Smith and Mike Kapsa Robert Camp Jill Carnevale Richard and Nancy Carrigan William and Lynn Carter Toni and Charles Case Amy and John Charters Donna and Steve Chase Steve and Molly Child Susan Philp and Lance Clarke Ned and Jan Cochran Elliot Cohn Barbara Conviser John and Susan Cottle Barbara and Herschel Cravitz Candace Cross Kelli Cupp and Kristofor Berg Paul D’Amato and Beth Cashdan Pat Damoorgian Jesse and Chris Davenport Sandy Simpson and Don Davidson Fred and Frances Davies Martin Davis Drs. Nancy Thomas & Roger Davis Mr. Dan DeWolfe Julia and Allen Domingos Molly and Matt Donnelly Dr. Frank C. Marino Foundation Karen Duarte Krohnfeldt Ellen and Matt Dubé Mrs. Peggy L. Egertson Haley Eifert Chris Ekstein

Laura Thielen and George Eldred Shelley Emerick Deborah and Jerry Epstein Kristin Ericson Gregory and Billie Erwin Mr. Bruce Etkin Chris and Sally Faison Steve and Debbi Falender Peter Feer Melvin and Theba Feldman Tom and Darlynn Fellman James Finch Nanette Finger Julia and Michael Fink Charlie and Pattie Firestone Jan Firth Ilene and Burt Follman Ginna and Tim Francis Mr. and Mrs. Robert Freimuth John and Barb French Marc and Karen Friedberg Kathy Friedland Karen and Jack Friedman Ricki and Peter Fuchs Nina Gabianelli Ms. Sara Garton Nancy and Wolf Gensch Christopher and Marni R. George Virginia Gerst Jon Gibans Pam and Lyle Ginsburg Justin and Alyson Gish Lisa Braun Glazer Katherine and Shawn Gleason Lisa Goddard Joanna Golden Cheryl and Steve Goldenberg Gary and Barbara Goldstein Ronald and Carol Gonsky Joel Gorton and Bonnie Magee Eileen and Richard Greenberg Hawk Greenway and Shelley Supplee Sue Griffith and Jim Kaufman Charles Grossman Flossie and Evan Gull Jim and Julie Hager Margot and Richard Hampleman Danny Stone and Angela Hanley Scott and Mary Hannah Donna Harris Olivia Emery and Michael Hassig Trautlinde Heater Andy and Jody Hecht Julia Hedman Christie Hefner Sue and Bob Helm Keely Henderson Casady Henry John Hill Preston H. Hill Annaday and David Hiser Ms. Ann Hodges

Phil and Gail Holstein David Houggy Janis and George Huggins The Hutton Family Margaret Idema Rob Ittner John and Kristie James Mirte Mallory and Philip Jeffreys Jimmie and Chandra Johnson Janet Johnson Peter and Sandy Johnson Sam and Ann Johnson Warren and Kathleen Jones Robert Brinker and Pam Joseph Mark Joseph Nete Joseph Stephen Kanipe Christine Karnes Lana and Sander Karp Deb Jones and John Katzenberger Phil and Meg Kendall Jenny and Justin Kennedy Michael and Julie Kennedy Mr. Albert Kern Mary Jo Kimbrough and Jim Harrison Marianne and Richard Kipper Katie Knoll Diana Tomback and Jim Knowles Paul and Mary Kobey The Kosnitzky Family Judy Kravitz Jim and Jamie Kravitz Kathy Fry and Bret Beavers Dr. and Mrs. Tom Kurt Anne Kerr L’Heureux Kirsten and Alan Langohr Dr. Tom Lankering Jason Lasser and Sarah Reynolds Erica Laughlin Tom and Leslie Leddy Jill and Charlie Lee Kimberly Levin Suzann and James Levine Gary and Daylene Lichtenwalter Christine and Andrew Light Dawson Steven Lin Cristine Lindenfelser The Lipsey Family Victor and Darlene Liss Karen and Kelly Locke Andrew Lodge Nick Loizeaux Judi and Bob Loubier Mr. Thomas Lovejoy Jill and Clay Lowery Leslie Lamont and Lance Luckett Martha Luttrell Christy and Ted Mahon Mary Elizabeth Mahon Howie Mallory and Nora Berko Dr. and Mrs. David Manchester Brenda Manes

Katelyn Mangurian Katharine Mann Mark Grotjahn Studios Jennifer Martin Katie Martinez Joani Matranga John and Sunni McBride Tita Caspar and Dan McCarty Jenna McEachern Teraissa McGovern Heidi McGuire Robert and Andrea McTamaney Antonia Meade Elizabeth and Kent Meager Michaud Capital Management Melinda and Morris Mintz Ms. Elsa R. Mitchell Bill and Jane Mitchell Dick Moebius Laura Moon Pam Moore Russell and Charlene Morgan Richard and Susanne Morrison Eric Motley Roger and Mary Moyer Sara Nelson Tara and Nathan Nelson Alan Quasha and Ilona Nemeth-Quasha Bland Nesbit Kirsten and Penn Newhard Kerry and Ricki Newman Angelica Brena and Julien Nihill Donald and Judy Norris Alysen Northern Marie O’Neill Jeanette Odelberg Karin Offield Chuck and Meredith Ogilby Susan ONeal Dr. Sidney Mandelbaum and Diane Oshin JC and Samantha Pace Susan Palmer Ms. Virginia M. Parker Fonda and Charles Paterson Buzz Patten and Judy Wender Fred and Sandra Peirce Steven and Barbara Percy Diane Tegmeyer and Brooke Peterson Patricia and Eric Peterson Lori and Tom Pevny Robert and Barbara Pickel Julie and Greg Pickrell Bee Wong and Paul Poh Catherine Porter and James Fuller Doug and Julie Pratte Jennifer Preece and Ben Shneiderman Tony Prikryl Steve and Missy Prudden Gloria Pryzant Pyramid Bistro Gail Scott and Tom Quinlan Bob and Gabrielle Rafelson The Raguin Family

Patricia Rawlings The Reiley Family Eva Reiling Elise and Jack Resneck Robert and Myra Rich Todd and Lisen Richmond Alison Robbins Peter Roblin Noelle Rohde Richard and Pam Rosenfeld Polly Ross Will Roush and Margaret Woodward Kathryn and Cliff Runge Tim Ryan Kristen and Doug Ryckman Jill Sabella Alix Samuelson Scott Martin and Katherine Sand Nancy Sanford Richman Lynda and Rick Sauer Kirk Scales Brigette Schabdach Cheryl Schmidt Jason Schnissel Debra and Dennis Scholl Anneke Scholten and Cleve Johnson Alece and David Schreiber Samuel and Karen Schroyer James Scull Barry Seager Ginette and Peter Sebenaler Diane Semerak Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sewell Sara Shainholtz Nancy and Barry Shapiro Bill and Pat Sharp Layne and Michael Shea Megan Shean Susan Sherwin Sarah and Mike Shook Joyce and Barry Silverstein Amanda Simmons Margaret and Mike Simmons Davey Singer Helene Slansky Patti and Brian Smallwood Tami Solondz Gary Sorensen Lorraine and Pat Spector Ellie Spence Maile and Carson Spung Steve and Sandy Stay Robert and Terri Stephens Dr. and Mrs. Lubert Stryer Jennifer and Jeremy Swanson Gosia and Jett Tackbary Larry Talley Pam and Jim Tarr Bruce Taylor M.D. Carolyn and Ray Taylor Annie, August and Emily Teague Karin Teague

Susan Terra Scott and Laurel Tesoro Alison Thomas Drs. Nancy Thomas & Roger Davis Mary Ann Tittle Anne and William Tobey Tamara Tormohlen and Marc Breslin Michael Tornvall Marie Torreano Amanda Trakas and Michael Lintner Julianne Tran Ronald and Patricia Trellue Charles and Susan Tribbitt Arin and Liesa Trook Leslie Ann Trook Ms. Deborah Tullman Andrew Turchin Paula and Bill Turner Tyrolean Lodge Mark and Katie Van Alstine Robin and Peter Van Domelen Thomas Van Straaten Margaret Van Ert Tamara and Zoltan Varga Kristen Vila Mrs. Marguerite Villasanta Beau Vinton Charles Wall Mary Ann and Ted Wallace Tom and Donna Ward Nina Ware

Trevor Washko Cynthia Wayburn Melanie Weinrot Skip Welfeld Dawn and Peter Welles Karen and Christopher White Jason White Hans Widmer Everett J Wiehe Michele and Steven Wilhite Julie and Andre Wille Mary and Hugh Wise Doug MacLean and Susan Wolf Suzanne Wolff and Gary Tennenbaum Stopher Wong Kent and Karen Woodard Robert and Sarah Woods Mr. and Mrs. Larry Yaw Thomas and Nancy Yoder Donald L. Young Andy Yue George and Nancy Lazar Alix Zangrilli Mr. and Mrs. Joe Zanin Charlie and Mollie Zumwalt Mr. and Mrs. David Zumwinkle Robert Zupancis and Deb Stein Recognition in the ACES Annual Report is a benefit of Cutthroat Trout membership ($100) and above

LEGACY PLANNING: ELIZABETH PAEPCKE SOCIETY The Elizabeth Paepcke Society offers options for donors to make a diverse range of gifts to help secure the future of ACES. Today, people of all ages are experiencing the benefits of integrated planned giving that enhances donor recognition and overall support of ACES that will extend beyond their lifetimes. Donors interested in integrated planned giving may contact Development Director, Christy Mahon, at 970.925.5756 or cmahon@aspennature.org.




Leader ($10,000 and above) Alpine Bank City of Aspen Community Office for Resource Efficiency The Environment Foundation Land + Shelter Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund SMOKE Modern Barbeque Vail Resorts Innovator ($5,000 - $9,999) Aspen Brewing Company Bethal Rentals FirstBank Halcyon Productions Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel The Thrift Shop Advocate ($2,500 - $4,999) Aspen Associates Realty Group Aspen Sojourner Aspen Times Bluegreen Glenwood Springs Post Independent High Valley Farms Jeffrey Berkus Architects Kissane Viola Design L’Hostaria Margerum Wine Company Patagonia Reese Henry and Company, Inc. Steward ($1,200 - $2,499) Aspen Sports Aspen Square Condominium Association Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate The Gant KSPN Larkin Construction lululemon usa, inc. ZGtec Partner ($600 - $1,199) Aspen Daily News Forum Phi Holland & Hart Of Grape and Grain NiK Ideas Patagonia Snowmass Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company Ute Mountaineer Western Vegetation Management Whole Foods Woody Creek Distillers

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Duncan Clauss was first introduced to ACES in 2008 when he and his partners opened the Aspen Brewing Company down the street from ACES at Hallam Lake. “The brewery” soon became a favorite local hangout for ACES staff and members, especially on Thursday nights after the Naturalist Nights lectures featuring regional environmental experts. Today, Aspen Brewing Company is an important partner and major supporter of ACES’ work. The environment is important to Duncan for countless reasons, one being that clean, fresh water is critical to making great beer. Aspen Brewing Company’s tagline “downstream from nobody” references Aspen’s water supply, which includes snowmelt from the pristine wilderness that is our backyard and is also a key ingredient in Aspen Brewing Company beer. Duncan supports ACES because the organization instills an appreciation and understanding of our natural environment in kids and adults alike. He believes that this is the critical foundation that leads to everything from recycling and conservation to environmental preservation and policy. “ACES is a great organization with a sincere and critical mission. And I’d bet that ACES will inspire someone or something significant in our fight against climate change,” says Clauss. It might just be one of the over 400 Naturalist Interns that have come through ACES and have enjoyed Aspen Brewing Company’s locally-made craft beer!



Administrative Staff: (BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT)

Eliza Burlingame Marketing Director Jim Kravitz Naturalist Programs Director Ali Hager Events & Development Coordinator Jason Smith Rock Bottom Ranch Director Chris Lane Chief Executive Officer Phebe Meyers Naturalist Field School Manager Emily Chase Hallam Lake Programs Manager Adam McCurdy Forest Programs Director (FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT) Arin Trook Education Director Katie Schwoerer Finance and Operations Director Christy Mahon Development Director Chris Cohen Rock Bottom Ranch Programs Manager

Partners: ACCESS Roaring Fork Adams State College The Art Base Ashcroft Ski Touring Aspen Art Museum Aspen Center for Physics Aspen Community Foundation Aspen Education Foundation Aspen Fire Aspen Global Change Institute Aspen Historical Society Aspen Public Radio Aspen School District Aspen Science Center Aspen Skiing Company Aspen T.R.E.E. Aspen Valley Land Trust Basalt Education Foundation

Basalt Elementary School Cap K Ranch Citizens Climate Lobby City of Aspen City of Aspen Parks & Open Space City of Aspen Environmental Health Clean Rivers Initiative CO Alliance for Environmental Education CO Department of Education CO Mountain College CO Outward Bound School CO Parks and Wildlife CO State Forest Service CO State University Community Office for Resource Efficiency Crystal River Elementary School

Annual report photos by ACES staff, Peter Feinzig, Jeremy Swanson, and Ted Mahon.

CU Succeed Program EverGreen ZeroWaste The Forest Conservancy Great Outdoors Colorado Holy Cross Energy Indivisible Aspen Kid’s First The Little Nell The Nature Conservancy Pitkin County Pitkin County Healthy Rivers & Streams Pitkin County Open Space & Trails Protect Our Winters Roaring Fork Anglers Roaring Fork Audubon Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Roaring Fork Transit Authority Spradley Farms Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center Snowmass Tourism Town of Snowmass Village U.S. Forest Service U.S.F.S. White River National Forest University of Arizona University of Colorado Upper CO River Interagency Fire Management Unit WE-cycle Wilderness Workshop


WHERE WE WORK RIFLE / NEW CASTLE AREA Coal Ridge High School Elk Creek Elementary School Graham Mesa Elementary School Kathryn Senor Elementary School Rifle Middle School Riverside Middle School Wamsley Elementary School RIFLE

BASALT AREA Basalt Elementary School Basalt High School Basalt Middle School Blue Lake Preschool Cornerstone Christian Academy Rock Bottom Ranch Spring Creek Woods Easment EAGLE


GLENWOOD SPRINGS AREA Glenwood Springs Elementary School Glenwood Springs High School Glenwood Springs Middle School Riverview School Saint Stephen’s School Skylark School Sopris Elementary School St. Stephen’s School Sunlight Ski Area Two Rivers Community School Yampah High School

ACES at Spring Creek




ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch


ACES at Hallam Lake

ASPEN ACES at The Catto Center at Toklat

CARBONDALE AREA Carbondale Community School Carbondale Middle School Colorado Mountain College Colorado Rocky Mountain School Crystal River Elementary School Roaring Fork High School Ross Montessori School Waldorf School of Roaring Fork Valley



MARBLE AREA Marble Charter Elementary School


PAONIA AREA North Fork Montessori Paonia Elementary School



OTHER Denver CPW Denver University Great Sand Dunes National Park Logan School Meeker High School Mesa County Mount Princeton Ridgway State Park Sangre de Cristo Mountains

ASPEN AREA American Lake Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Aspen Community School Aspen Country Day Aspen Elementary School Aspen High School Aspen Meadows Trail Aspen Middle School Aspen Mountain Buttermilk Castle Creek Valley Cathedral Lake Catto Center at Toklat Crater Lake Early Learning Center East of Aspen Ghost Town of Ashcroft Hallam Lake Hunter Creek Maroon Lake Mt. Tots Preschool Red Butte Snowmass Nature Trail Snowmass Rabbit Run The Cottage Preschool Weller Lake Wildwood

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