ACES 2014 Annual Report

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About ACES


Our Reach


School Programs


Naturalist Programs


Classes and Camps


Forest Health


Sustainable Agriculture


Civics & Leadership


Community Events




Our Energy


Donor News


Our Donors


ACES Community


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LETTER FROM THE CEO H.G. Wells pointed out 90 years ago, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” We are losing that race. The US is ranked by the World Economic Forum 48th out of 144 developed countries in quality of math and science education. Meanwhile, this year students in Shanghai, China, outscored every other school system in the world in math, science and reading! The government of China also just made a $250 billion-a-year investment, largely, in environmental science education. In Colorado, Amendment 66, a billion-dollar-a-year tax that would have provided more funding for K-12 education in the state, failed in a recent election. This is in a state ranked 36th in state government per capita spending on K-12 education.

ACES is doing this work! Through our environmental science education partnerships with 42 regional schools, our outdoor Naturalist Field School, our forest health initiatives, our sustainable agriculture programs, our land stewardship and restoration projects, and our renowned lecture series, ACES builds ecological and environmental science literacy, making 117,000 educational contacts per year! This is ACES’ first annual report. It is intended to give you a glimpse into what we do, hopefully inspiring you to get involved, attend an ACES event, become a member, and donate. I hope you’ll join us in our mission, which is dramatically improving the world by providing environmental science and building ecological literacy. The root cause of our planet’s environmental problems can only be solved by the root solution: environmental science education. Our economy is predicated on it; our quality of life requires it; and your children’s health and well-being depend on it. Let the education revolution begin!


ACES acquires Rock Bottom Ranch

ACES completes classroom at Aspen Elementary







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ACES partners with Aspen Skiing Co & USFS


Elizabeth Paepcke hires Tom & Jody Cardamone


Founding trustee Stuart Mace partners with Aspen schools, beginning decades of environmental science education programs


Elizabeth Paepcke founds ACES at Hallam Lake

Chris R. Lane, Chief Executive Officer


To ensure an economically and ecologically sustainable future in our country, we need nothing less than an education revolution with speed and at scale. The education revolution must systematically churn out environmentally literate members of society who can make informed decisions in an ever more complex world where the natural capital that provides the services humans need for survival – clean air, pure water, functioning oceans, stable climate, and the natural resources necessary for human survival – will function in perpetuity.

ABOUT ACES Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education organization with four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, the Catto Center at Toklat, and Spring Creek.

ACES OUTREACH 1968 - 2014 120,000

2014: 117,000 contacts


ACES Educators and Naturalists make more than 117,000 education contacts each year, building science literacy and a community of knowledgeable, motivated, and capable environmental stewards. Programs include guided hikes, environmental science lessons in schools and in the field, lectures, classes, community events, and more in the areas of: sustainable agriculture, forest health, ecological literacy, and ecosystem restoration.








ACES also partners with land trusts, public agencies, government entities, and other non-profits to steward the regional landscape. Projects include restoration and cooperative management on private lands under conservation easement, open space, and public lands.



Since 1968, ACES has been meeting its mission, “To inspire a life-long commitment to the Earth by educating for environmental responsibility, conserving and restoring the balance of natural communities, and advancing the ethic that the Earth must be respected and nurtured.”

ACES acquires Catto Center at Toklat.

ACES acquires 160 acre Spring Creek

ACES hosts first Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogue featuring Bill McKibben


























* letters correspond to timeline events

ACES merges with For the Forest

ACES hires first CEO, Chris R. Lane

ACES expands full-time environmental science programs to Basalt Elementary School

ACES merges with Tomorrow’s Voices


















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ACES expands full time Environmental Science Programs to Crystal River Elementary School



EAGLE ASPEN AREA Maroon Lake Castle Creek Valley Hunter Creek Aspen Mountain Weller Lake Lost Man Lincoln Lake Red Butte Buttermilk Snowmass Nature Trail Ghost Town of Ashcroft American Lake Cathedral Lake Crater Lake Snowmass Rabbit Run Aspen Meadows Trail Catto Center at Toklat Hallam Lake Aspen Elementary School Aspen Community School Aspen Country Day School Aspen Middle School Aspen High School Buddy Program Early Learning Center Little Red School House Wildwood School Mare’s Playgroup Kids First Cottage Pre School East of Aspen North Ranch BASALT AREA Rock Bottom Ranch Spring Creek Basalt Elementary School Basalt High School Basalt Middle School Basalt Library Blue Lake Pre School Cornerstone Christian Academy Woods Easement






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

GLENWOOD SPRINGS AREA Sopris Elemenatary School Elk Creek Elementary School Glenwood Springs Elementary School Glenwood Springs Middle School Glenwood Springs High School St. Stephen’s School Yampah Mountain High School MARBLE AREA Marble Charter Elementary School

RIFLE / NEW CASTLE AREA Elk Creek Elementary School Highland Elementary School Kathryn Senor Elementary School Rifle Middle School Roymoore Elementary School Graham Mesa Elementary School PAONIA AREA Paonia Elementary School EAGLE AREA Brush Creek Elementary


ACES Ed: a science classroom without boundaries

In the Program for International Student Assessment Test, US students ranked 29th out of 65 countries in science literacy. Science education is at the heart of ACES programs. ACES Ed programs help schools meet state science standards and cultivate engaged, ecologically literate students and citizens. ACES runs three full-time environmental science classrooms in the public schools of the Roaring Fork Valley and offers experiential field programs at Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, and several other outdoor learning sites for 42 regional schools. For more than thirty years, ACES has lead the way in environmental science education in Colorado.

and continued in 2013/14 with 120 environmental science lessons in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Offered in conjunction with ACCESS Roaring Fork, this hands-on science program targets at-risk students for academic, social, and outdoor enrichment experiences. ACES is also expanding further into professional development and higher education training for teachers. In 2013, ACES Educators presented teachertraining sessions at the Kids First Eco-Ed workshop in Aspen, as well as at the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education annual conference in Denver. We also launched a graduate program in Sustainable and Resilient Communities, offered in partnership with Western State University. Successful applicants earn a Masters degree in Environmental Management while working full-time as ACES Educators.

ACES Ed curriculum is rooted in life, earth, and environmental sciences. It involves hands-on exploration of local watershed systems, sustainable energy sources, the dynamics of ecological systems, and a wide range of other topics and tools which will be critical for future generations to find solutions to social and environmental issues. In 2013/14, we expanded the reach of ACES Ed through a new full-time program at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale. With ACES Educators teaching daily science classes to all K-4th grade students, the Carbondale program mirrors and expands our established successful ACES Ed classes at Basalt and Aspen Elementary schools. Our afterschool enrichment program, Science Explorers, began in 2012/13

10 ACES educators each work 180 school days making more than 62,000 student contacts each year.


42 schools

4,544 students

120 after-school lessons

2,000 in-school classes

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350 field programs 5


ACES educational ambassadors at Aspen’s most inspiring places What if our nation’s leaders, decision-makers, and citizens had been exposed to outdoor environmental science at some point in their lives? Might our world be a different place? For more than 35 years ACES Naturalist program has provided outdoor education and adventure experiences for adults, children, families, residents, and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley. Our Naturalist program provides natural history interpretation and environmental science education that inspires affinity for nature and builds ecological literacy. Naturalist Programs include interpretive hikes in summer, snowshoe and ski tours in winter, evening lectures, and naturalist presentations (for example, our daily Eagles, Hawks, & Owls program, featuring ACES’ resident birds of prey).

Learning Rocky Mountain ecology on top of Aspen Mountain.




Total Guide Mileage


Naturalist Program Earned Income

Total Naturalist Guides

Total Naturalist Contacts

(Aspen to NYC is 1,930 miles)


The core of the Naturalist program is the Summer Naturalist Internship featuring some of the best minds from some of the country’s best universities. Summer Naturalists go through an intense educational immersion and provide interpretive programs. Many of our Naturalists spend additional time with ACES in a variety of roles such as Winter Naturalists, Educators in our programs for local schools, and program coordinators. Naturalist programs are conducted at numerous locations in the Roaring Fork Valley including Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Maroon Lake, Ashcroft, and other trails on the White River National Forest as well as at ACES sites: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, and Toklat.


Developing affinity for the natural world and building ecological literacy

The average child spends a stunning 7 hours a day in front of an electronic screen and less than one hour a day outdoors. ACES Naturalist Field School was founded in the 1970s with a handful of adult courses. Today, ACES Naturalist Field School offers more than 100 hands-on environmental learning experiences for all ages. Trusted Naturalists and ACES-trained Educators inspire a sense of wonder in safe learning environments by guiding explorers of all ages in building their understanding of, and connection to, environmental science and Aspen’s natural landscape. Adult courses range from single-day Naturalist-led hikes to in-depth courses taught by visiting professors. Topics range from: pollination, geology, butterflies, mushrooms, and astronomy, to sustainable agriculture, writing, cooking skills, and nature photography. Kids’ programs are offered for ages 4 to 14, including many single-day kids classes, and more than 60 week-long camps. Budding naturalists visit Aspen year after year just to come to ACES again! Recently added programs include: Young Scientists, Wild Writings, Ranch Scouts, and ACES Adventure Week. Multiple generations can enjoy nature together in our numerous family programs. In 2011, we began our Nature & Me series, whose popularity lead us to begin the Little Ranchers series in 2012. These parent and child classes provide a comfortable

FIELD SCHOOL STATS 38 25 1,100+ $180,000 5 100+

Week-long classes at Hallam Lake Week-long classes at Rock Bottom Ranch Participants Earned income Classes offered for graduate credit Program offerings for families, adults, and kids 4-14, internships for teens

environment that fosters curiosity at an early age and encourages families to explore the natural world together. In 2013, we founded ACES Community Field Lab which incorporates national programs like Project Bud Burst into our programs to expand local citizen science opportunities. This capitalizes on a national network that allows participants to be a meaningful part of the science community.

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For the Forest: promoting resilient, thriving forests

For 45 years, ACES has set a high standard for land stewardship on our four sites. The 2012 addition of our For the Forest program expanded the influence of that ethic, creating a nexus between scientific research, conservation values, and active forest restoration. Nationally, forests have experienced unprecedented change in the last few decades. This includes tree mortality, insect outbreaks, and larger and more intense wildfires. More dramatic changes will likely take place as climate change predicted for the 21st century unfolds. The following outlines the steps ACES’ For the Forest program is taking to promote management towards resilient, thriving forests. Hunter-Smuggler Cooperative Plan: A unique partnership between ACES,

the US Forest Service, Pitkin County, and the City of Aspen has produced the Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan. The community-based plan involves participation from a wide range of stakeholders from local recreation, conservation, and environmental groups, as well as agencies and jurisdictions, and covers 4,681 acres on the White River National Forest adjacent to Aspen. Completion of the management activities outlined in the Plan will result in a healthier, more resilient forest, enhanced wildlife habitat, decreased fire risk, and

improved recreational and educational opportunities on Smuggler Mountain and in Hunter Creek Valley. Forest Health Index: This first of-its-kind numerical index identifies, quantifies,

and communicates trends in the health of the nearly 640,000 acres of forests in the Roaring Fork Watershed. The Forest Health Index website is a new tool to help the Roaring Fork Valley community make sense of the wide range of interlinking environmental conditions that affect the health of our local forest. The Index provides interpretation and data on over 20 unique climatic, ecological, and socioeconomic indicators. The Forest Health Index supports the understanding of local forest health by providing a consistent method to measure departures from “normal” conditions among indicators relevant to forest health. This process intends to provide a system for communicating these observed changes in novel ways in order to generate and inform discussion. This groundbreaking project serves as a model for other communities to follow suit and potentially inform policy on a national level. State of the Forest Report: This annual report presents an easy-to-follow

update on the climatic factors and insect and disease infestations currently impacting our local forests. It also outlines the steps ACES is taking to improve the health of our forests and what individuals can do to help.


The Hunter-Smuggler Cooperative Plan seeks to improve wildlife habitat and forest health on 4,681 acres of federal land in Aspen’s wildland-urban interface through active restoration work.


Future Forest Distribution Model: In partnership with the University of

Arizona, ACES has developed a revolutionary inventory of forest assets for western North America, utilizing hundreds of thousands of species occurrence records to create first-of-their-kind maps of our current forests. When coupled with the most cutting-edge climate models, a high-resolution picture emerges of what our western forests are likely to look like in the future. This new technology provides unprecedented access to a host of forest informatics, and applications of this tool will significantly influence policy and business. The detailed resolution of the maps of our current and future forests allow for calculations that were previously impossible, many of which have significant economic implications (such as future carbon budgets and cropland productivity). Work is currently underway to expand the model to include all plant species in North America and a suite of visualization tools to include a smartphone app that

will show you both all the plant species in your location now versus what will likely be there in the future. Land Stewardship: Notable projects undertaken the past year on the 532 acres of

land directly managed by ACES include restorations of a cottonwood gallery at Rock Bottom Ranch and riparian habitat at Spring Creek. Formerly, the Hope Mine was reclaimed by ACES forest programs through biochar soil stabilization. Global Outreach: Our animated short film “What’s Happening in Our Forest?”

premiered last year, exploring how forests affect, and are affected by, the forces around them. In addition to receiving over 12,000 views on YouTube, the film reached a global audience through its inclusion in multiple film festivals. Most notably, the film received an Honorable Mention from the United Nations Forests for People International Short Film Festival and was screened at the United Nations Forest Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

Left and center: While Colorado’s mountain pine beetle epidemic is subsiding, spruce beetle activity has increased exponentially. The threat of a spruce beetle outbreak is of significant concern to the Roaring Fork Watershed, where 20.3% of forest land cover is spruce-fir forest. Right: Our forest provides a host of benefits to our community, from aesthetic beauty and recreational opportunities to ecosystem services such as air and water purification and carbon sequestration. In the past decade, our Roaring Fork Watershed forest absorbed 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Replicable food systems for the Western Slope

Worldwide, agriculture contributes 25-30 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That’s more emissions than every car, train, and plane in the world. Activities like raising dense populations of livestock in indoor facilities and applying nitrogen-rich fertilizers contribute to agriculture’s high GHG footprint and water and air pollution. The good news is that agriculture, when done sustainably, is an important part of mitigating climate change and protecting land and water resources.

This management system protects soil quality, enhances grasses, and provides animals ample access to pasture, sunshine, and fresh water. The Ranch’s laying hens and pork operations are Animal Welfare Approved, a third-party certification that ensures animals are raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. RBR products are now sold in local farmers’ markets and are also featured in our popular Farm to Table dinners.

ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch (RBR) is western Colorado’s “school” for teaching people of all ages how to grow healthy, local, sustainable food. This means farming using principles of ecology and natural biological cycles to satisfy human food needs while enhancing and protecting water, land, and climate resources. ACES’ unique brand of sustainable agriculture at Rock Bottom Ranch melds 113 acres of wild lands and pristine riparian habitats with agriculture production and education. ACES implements a multi-species rotational grazing system, in which animals are moved frequently and sequentially through pastures.

In spring of 2014, vegetable production will accelerate with a series of replicable, scalable horticultural demonstrations at the Ranch where we plan to grow 50 varieties of vegetables. Our active solar greenhouse and “Rolling Thunder” mobile greenhouses allow us to produce seasonally appropriate vegetables nearly year-round without the need for supplemental heat. During the school year more than 3,000 students visit Rock Bottom Ranch for field programs on sustainable farming and ecology. During the summer, 2,500 sustainable farming contacts are made through ACES kids camps and adult classes. Rock Bottom Ranch also hosts cooking classes, butchery classes, and various public events.



5** 300 300* 25


Meat Chickens



Large Dozen Eggs Black Pigs Per Week






400 80* 70 Meat Chickens


Large Black Pigs

40 60 40*

Meat Dozen Eggs Turkeys Per Week

* In cooperation with Crystal River Meats, brought to the ranch as weaned lambs

* Born on site

** For managing non-native plants in riparian areas

ACES acquired the longer and leaner Tamworth pigs to prepare for hybrids in 2015


Clockwise from top: Students learn hands-on where food comes from; Adult programs include cooking classes that provide consumers with the skills necessary to participate in a local food system; Our Farm to Table dinners highlight delicious regional food and educate participants about the importance of sustainable production; Farm tours introduce families to our Animal Welfare Approved laying hens. These pasture-raised chickens produce healthy local eggs; 70 acres of wildlands are under conservation easement with partner Aspen Valley Land Trust.



Tomorrow’s Voices: environmental advocacy for high school students

Connection to Nature

“I’ve had the great fortune to speak with Tomorrow’s Voices students on many occasions. I look forward to these opportunities because these students are exceptional in every way. Under the leadership of passionate teachers these students are pushed beyond the bounds of the everyday high school course and are willing to engage in deep conversation.”

“Being a part of Tomorrow’s Voices put me in touch with wilderness and myself. Discussing works written by Thoreau, Leopold and more, deep within the Colorado Rockies, has left a lasting impression on me. All teens who value wilderness and wild places should take part in a Tomorrow’s Voices course-challenge yourself!”

Matthew Hamilton Executive Director, Environment Foundation, Aspen Skiing Company & RE-1 School Board President

Gunnar Ohlson


Former Tomorrow’s Voices Student

Ecological Literacy

Civic Engagement

Improving the world requires more than education; it requires action! ACES Tomorrow’s Voices program is dedicated to non-partisan education that cultivates responsible citizenship and ethical leadership in high school students of the Roaring Fork Valley. With a focus on civics and environmental stewardship, Tomorrow’s Voices comes at a critical time when teens need action-oriented, issues-based investigation through which to understand their place in the world and become active members of their community.


3,400 H URS

OF CIVICS & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PER YEAR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM: ROARING FORK, BASALT, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, YAMPAH, BRIDGES, & COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL Tomorrow’s Voices has been inspiring teenagers to find their civic voices for more than ten years. In 2013, Tomorrow’s Voices merged with ACES. Through this program, ACES has expanded its offerings for high school students. In semester-long courses, students navigate difficult conversations and readings that ultimately lead to action and leadership around vital topics like environmental sustainability, equality, and civic responsibility. It is this foundation that empowers students to be agents of change in their community, harnessing their passion and enthusiasm into leadership and service just before college. ACES plans to increase the number of hands-on field science opportunities for local high school science classes, host additional volunteer groups from regional middle and high schools, and grow its robust apprenticeship program that introduces local and visiting students to careers in sustainable agriculture and environmental science.


ACES’ sites are gathering places that bring people of all ages together to learn about the natural world and celebrate our unique community


Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogues Founded in memory of Jessica Hobby Catto, this series brings environmental leaders to Aspen to highlight their work. In August 2013 ACES hosted M. Sanjayan, Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

Potbelly Perspectives lecture series Wednesday evenings January through March feature exciting slide show presentations by community members. Topics include mountaineering, service work, travel, rock climbing, cultural tours, and more.

Naturalist Nights lecture series Thursday evenings January through March feature experts from regional universities and organizations sharing their knowledge of topics ranging from wildlife biology to atmospheric science to environmental advocacy, and more.

Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch People of all ages gather in October at ACES’ midvalley site to celebrate harvest season with live music, ranch games, pumpkin carving, and more. Proceeds benefit ACES environmental science programs for regional schools.

Membership Picnic on the Preserve This annual event occurs in June and brings together hundreds from the Aspen community at ACES’ original site, the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve. Live music, catered dinner, and libations provided.

Raptor Fair Founded in July 2013, this annual fair features charismatic birds of prey live and in person. Over 500 people attended the inaugural event and got to see eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls up close.

An Evening on the Lake This elegant evening on the waterfront of Hallam Lake occurs in July. Guests are invited to enjoy the magic of a summer night, dine amongst the trees with an exquisite, locally grown dinner, and raise funds for environmental science education.

Membership Potluck at the Catto Center at Toklat Honoring the legacy of ACES’ founding trustee, Stewart Mace, this annual dinner builds off of the spirit of Toklat. Here, the community gathers in the Castle Creek Valley, inspiring an ethic of environmental leadership.

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2013 EXPENSES Fundraising Expenses 7%

Management & General Expenses 13%

Other Income 3%

Investment Income <1%

Admissions & Tuition 17%

Membership 5%

Capital 6%

Total Program Expenses 80%

Endowment 14%

Contributions 47% Grants 8%

Revenue & Other Support Contributions Grants Endowment Capital Membership Income Admissions & Tuition Other Income Investment Income Total Expenses



$1,065,211 $1,279,454 $180,500 $282,500 $320,550 $236,000 $136,540 $526,100 $119,599 $81,340 $397,473 $362,409 $69,288 $21,886 $1,095 $1,099 $2,290,256 $2,790,788 2013


Program Expenses: Educational Expenses $1,688,392 $1,478,852 Total Program Expenses $1,688,392 $1,478,852 Supporting Service Expenses: Management & General Expenses $269,847 $256,934 Fundraising Expenses $160,267 $164,462 Total Supporting Service Expenses $430,114 $421,396 Total Expenses $2,118,506 $1,900,248 Excess of Revenue Over Expenses $171,750 $890,540





Cash & Cash Equivalents $1,809,756 $1,368,000 Accounts Receivable $10,500 $2,885 Grants Receivable $19,818 $10,000 Pledges Receivable $565,311 $802,206 Inventory $4,639 $3,127 Land, Building & Equipment (Net) $6,984,689 $7,028,090 Total Assets $9,394,713 $9,214,308 Liabilities 2013 2012 Accounts Payable $3,003 $5,678 Accrued Expenses $84,643 $66,291 Note Payable $0 $7,022 Total Liabilities $87,646 $78,991 Net Assets 2013 2012 Unrestricted Net Assets (Undesignated) Temporarily Restricted Net Assets Permanently Restricted Net Assets Total Net Assets Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$4,237,534 $1,119,533 $3,950,000 $9,307,067 $9,394,713

$3,997,685 $1,187,632 $3,950,000 $9,135,317 $9,214,308






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ACES has experienced sustained revenue growth over the past six years ending the 2012-13 fiscal year with revenue of $2,290,256. Following the challenging recession years, the 2007-2008 fiscal year, ACES has ended the past five fiscal years with strong financial performance. This has allowed ACES to more securely plan its financial future, make capital improvements, and expand its programs. While revenue has nearly doubled from 2007 to 2013, ACES’ historic program expenses have been steadily maintained. Much of the growth in 2011-12 revenue and expenses was due to the merger with For the Forest*, recognition of a multiyear operating pledge, and completion of a multi-year capital campaign. Expenses in 2012-13 grew as ACES expanded its programming, augmented senior and programatic staff, and completed several capital improvement projects. *On May 17, 2012, For the Forest, a Colorado nonprofit public benefit corporation, merged with ACES. It was dissolved and its programming was incorporated into ACES’ For the Forest Program. Assets, liabilities, revenues (including contributions and pledges) and expenses acquired through the merger are included in the 2011/2012 financials. The current financial statements of ACES were audited by Reese Henry & Company, Inc. A copy of the complete Independent Auditor’s Report is available upon request.





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*CO2 measured in metric tons

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Donor Circles members enjoy special opportunities to meet with pioneering environmental leaders and scientists, as well as premium access to ACES programs and events. Special Donor Circles programs include Annual CEO updates and private ECO-adventures.


Donor Profile | Paula Zurcher Paula Zurcher grew up wandering the 25-acre Hallam Lake nature preserve with her mother, Elizabeth Paepcke, ACES’ founder. Like most children who have meaningful experiences outdoors, Paula has a great passion for exploring and protecting our native habitats. “Everyone loves nature if they are exposed to it.” says Zurcher. In 1998, Paula and her husband donated the North Ranch Preserve to ACES in support of environmental programs. More recently, Paula has been a generous supporter of ACES Children’s Education Fund. Says Paula, “Education is so essential. We have to work on the future generations to instill a love for the natural world. The future of the environment is in our children.” Paula is most proud of ACES’ expansion of its environmental education programs to Basalt and Carbondale and hopes that this model of environmental science education will fan out across the country.

Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, M. Sanjayan, was featured at a private reception prior to his Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogue.


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies recognizes generous Donor Circles members who believe in improving the world through environmental science education and who are able to support ACES programming through significant gifts of $1,200 or more.

Michael Franti entertains at a private performance and book reading at Hallam Lake.

OUR DONORS Chairman’s Circle | $50,000 and above Anonymous (2) John and Ann Doerr Adam and Melony Lewis Jerry and Gina Murdock The Walton Family Foundation The Ziff Family Foundations Restorer’s Circle | $25,000 - $49,999 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Barron Mary Conover Suzanne Farver and Clint VanZee Malott Family Foundation Robert Pew Thomas and Margot Pritzker Isa Catto Shaw and Daniel Shaw Benefactor | $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous (1) Dawn Arnall Basalt Education Foundation Randy and Althy Brimm City of Aspen The Environment Foundation Ellen and Bill Hunt Daniel and Margaret Loeb Mr. and Mrs. John McBride The Rodel Foundation Christopher and Becky Steere Mr. and Mrs. S. Robson Walton Innovator | $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (2) Jeff and Becky Berkus Mike and Jackie Bezos Dr. and Mrs. Archer Bishop Jr. Al Beyer and Ruthie Brown Sam Brown and Alison Teal Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd E. Cotsen Mr. and Mrs. James S. Crown Gary and Sylvie Crum Andrew Currie Jamie and Bush Helzberg Michael and Carol Hundert Ms. Toby D. Lewis Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund Lynda and Stewart Resnick Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schermer Rachel and Tony Sherman Peter H. and Lucille Glass Kuyper Foundation Selim K. Zilkha and Mary Hayley Paula Zurcher

We would like to recognize the following individuals, businesses, organizations, and families for their extraordinary support between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013. Advocate | $2,500 - $4,999 Robyn and Gerhard Assenmacher Ms. Sharon Bistline John and Jackie Bucksbaum Sarah Challinor Mr. and Mrs. Andy DiSabatino Laura Donnelley Lauren and Ryan Elston Ms. Anne F. Farish Ronda Ferber Michael and Robin Fox Anna and Matt Freedman Mary and Jim Griffith Robert and Soledad Hurst Patricia Jenkins Reenie Kinney and Scott Hicks Mr. Leonard A. Lauder Memnosyne Foundation Willem and Lisa Mesdag Mr. and Mrs. Werner Neuman Partners in Education Norman and Melinda Payson Bob Purvis Robin and Kenny Smith Steward | $1,200 - $2,499 Joan and Lawrence Altman Susan H. Brady Adam and Mary Cherry George and Susan Fesus David and Jaimie Field Lynn Nichols and Jim Gilchrist Michelle and Perry Griffith Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hite John G. Duncan Charitable Trust Ms. Shana B. Johnstone Richard Kanner Gary and Laura Lauder The McQuown Family Hensley and James Peterson Mr. and Mrs. David T. Schiff Carole and Gordon Segal Curt Strand Bob and Ruth Wade Nina Ware Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woods Christopher Wurtele Buzz and Alison Zaino

Black Bear | $600 - $1,199 Anonymous (3) Ginny and Charles Brewer R. Malcolm Brown Carolyn Bucksbaum Clarissa H. and Henry T. Chandler David Corbin Mrs. Carol G. Craig Leslie Desmond Ashley Friedman Adam and Katy Frisch Nicholas Groos Juliane M. Heyman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Hines Mrs. Richard Neel Alison Howell Clark and Tavia Hunt Louise and Phil Hoversten Rusty and John Jaggers Cindy Kahn and Steve Marker Mike and Laura Kaplan Heather and Martin Kohout Peter Looram Mirte Mallory and Philip Jeffreys Sarah Meserve Beth and Josh Mondry David Newberger Jim Patterson Darren Quintenz Ken and Emily Ransford Mark and Lorraine Schapiro Darlene and Jerome Schwoerer Phyllis and David Scruggs Ellie Spence Bruce and Nancy Stevens Mr. Bill Stirling Stephen and Ellen Susman Linda and Dennis Vaughn Bighorn Sheep | $300 - $599 Anonymous (3) Duane and Sherry Abbott Meg Arnold Town of Basalt Mel and Paulette Blumenthal Clint and Nancy Carlson Sally Cole Thomas E. and Noel R. Congdon Ms. Marcia Corbin Jan and Joel Dembinsky Germaine and Al Dietsch

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