A lifelong love of learning is ingrained in the Aspen Idea of enriching your mind, body & spirit. Here are some programs that take the guess work out of adding a learning experience to your vacation.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
Rock Bottom Ranch (2001 Hooks Spur Road, Basalt)
Explore and learn about the Aspen area with ACES! Hire a Naturalist guide, available by the hour, to lead you on private adventures that may be customized to your interests such as birding, geology, hiking, guides, and more.
Join naturalist Rebecca Weiss on Tuesdays from June-October and open yourself to a new passion! Bring your binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours). Observe foraging behaviors of both migratory and resident species. We are often rewarded with nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other songbirds. Designed for all birders from novices to experts, we focus on birding skills, fun, and being in tune with nature. Every outing is a treasure hunt for birds and their wild neighbors!
Aspen Music Festival & School
The Aspen Music Festival and School presents its Summer Season from July 2 to August 23, 2020, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with the season theme "Beethoven's Revolution." Renowned classical artists will perform throughout the summer including Renee Fleming, Gil Shaham, Daniil Trifonov, Inon Barnatan, and Alisa Weilerstein joined by Music Director Robert Spano.
Please visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com for a full list of their Summer Season.
Aspen Words - For Readers & Writers
Recognized as one of the nation’s top literary gatherings, Summer Words is a six-day celebration of words, stories, and ideas held annually in Aspen. Advanced workshops with renowned authors and teachers are an intimate place for writers to develop a manuscript, while introductory workshops invite participants to explore the craft of writing. Literary agents and editors meet one-on-one with workshop participants, while public panel discussions provide inspiration and insight for writers and readers alike. Evening events include readings, receptions, and the Aspen Words Annual Beneﬁt Dinner, featuring a special guest author.
[email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org
JAS Aspen Snowmass
"JAS Listen Up!"
Pre- and post-concert meet & greets with the JAS Café artists dedicated to the history of the performing artist and the origin of the music they will perform. All talks are included with tickets to the evening's show.
Free for Ticket Buyers, the sessions will allow attendees to hear the artists speak about their music and insight into where it fits in the jazz pantheon. For tickets and more information: jazzaspensnowmass.org or 970-920-4996.
The JAS Café features intimate jazz performances from some of the greatest jazz artists around the world. JAS Cafe and Listen Up! are focused on expanding music education from the classroom to the community, inspiring knowledge in students of all ages and building a future audience for jazz and related forms of music.
Tickets can be purchased at 970.920.4996 or at jazzaspensnowmass.org.