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“An interesting visit”

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Ranked #20 of 102 things to do in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
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50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An interesting visit”
Reviewed 26 December 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, where they were very helpful.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank DANIEL F
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Seattle, Washington
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“birdwatching in a beautiful, accessible nature preserve”
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.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank none4methanx
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nice small nature area”
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.

Visited August 2013
Thank greatfultravelr
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Ithaca, New York
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59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Educational and fun”
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!

Visited July 2013
Thank Krenkren
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Covington, Louisiana
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“loved the nature”
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.

Visited November 2012
Thank Janet D
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