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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

100 Puppy Smith Street | Aspen, CO | Official website
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  • Type: Museums, Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Sitting just north of Main Street, this research center and wildlife sanctuary works to educate visitors about Aspen's natural surroundings while preserving local flora and fauna. While here, you can attend wildlife workshops, tag along on a winter snowshoe walk and even come face-to-face with America’s favorite bird, the bald eagle. If you're visiting with children, consider signing them up for one of the kid-friendly arts and crafts classes or nature hikes.

Fellow nature-lovers say that the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is the place to go to get to know this town's wilder side, and many visitors are quick to praise the facility for its environmental protection efforts. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The educational tours are great and it is cool to hear about the successful rehabilitations that happen because of the center."

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You don't have to pay to enjoy a lecture, join a guided hike or simply stop in for a visit; however, ACES does charge nominal fees for some kids programming and for guided snowshoe tours — these cost $63 for adults, $56 for teens and seniors and $43 for children. For more information about guided expeditions and onsite activities, visit the center's website.

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