Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
- Type: Museums, Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Sitting just north of Main Street, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is a research center and wildlife sanctuary devoted to educating visitors about Aspen’s natural surroundings, while preserving local flora and fauna. You can attend wildlife workshops, tag along on a winter snowshoe walk and 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.
According to fellow nature lovers, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is a great way to get to know this town’s wilder side. One TripAdvisor user writes: "The presentation was wonderful and informative and one of the highlights of our trip. A nice (free) evening of enrichment … I would not miss going there again. Interesting for all ages. Don't miss it."
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You don’t have to pay to stop in and enjoy a lecture; however, you will have to pay to tag along on a tour ($100 includes the cost of a four-hour tour, equipment rental, a trail pass and lunch). For more information, visit the center's website.