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“birdwatching in a beautiful, accessible nature preserve”

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Ranked #23 of 105 things to do in Aspen
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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!
Reviewed 11 September 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 session is held. Our guide Rebecca was a wonderful, patient, extremely effective teacher, and in a quiet, very gentle way taught our group of 1 kid and 10 adults (mostly older folks, some of whom were experienced birders) a great deal about how to spot and identify birds. The 3-hour session starts with a walk around the ACES site, and then on to one of several of sites nearby - we went to a nature preserve a few miles east of town. With her guidance we observed a large variety of birds, from hummingbirds and finches to a great horned owl and blue heron. It was a wonderful morning and well worth repeating.

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Reviewed 27 August 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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Reviewed 3 August 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!

Thank Krenkren
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

loved the Aspen Cener For Enviromental Studies walked from the lodge and enjoyed all the nature, birds and the water and views of the mountains.

Thank Janet D
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

At ACES for walk near Hallam Lake and to visit the golden eagle. Mainly for kids.
ACES snowshoe tour on Aspen Mountain. Excellent.

Thank BinNYC-2013
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