ACES’ 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.”
Founded by Elizabeth Paepcke in 1968, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has provided programs in ecology and natural sciences for everyone from children to leaders and change-makers.
In 1969 Elizabeth Paepcke donated her 22-acre property in the West End of Aspen to develop an environmental center and preserve. The “Aspen Idea” of harmony between mind, body and spirit motivated her to provide a sanctuary for wildlife in the heart of Aspen.
ACES has four convenient locations around Aspen, Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, Catto Center at Toklat and Spring Creek.