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)
Daily Monday-Saturday at 11am at 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.
Every 2 weeks, every Tuesdays at 6:30 am- 9:30 am
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) and dress warmly: coat, gloves, hat, and appropriate footwear especially when snow's on the ground. Birding in fall, winter, and early spring is great for exercising your birding skills, learning some non-breeding plumages, and observing foraging behaviors of both migratory and resident species. We are often rewarded with nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other songbirds in better view in the absence of summer's foliage, as well as tracks in the frost and the soothing quiet of crisp mornings. 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!
June 2019 through October 2019
Aspen Music Festival & School
Aspen Music Festival and School: The Aspen Music Festival and School presents its Summer Season from June 27-August 18. Renowned classical artists will perform at at Harris Concert Hall throughout the summer. Notable favorites such as Sarah Chang, Master Class Special with Renee Flemming, and Bronfman on piano will be performing this summer.
Please visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com for a full list of their Summer Season.
Aspen Words - For Readers & Writers
Aspen Writers Workshop
Event Name: 22nd Winter Words Series
Dates: January-March, 2019
Time: 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
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.
Contact information: [email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org
JAS Aspen Snowmass
Pre-concert talks with 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 and start 45 minutes prior.
Tickets and info at jazzaspensnowmass.org
- Orquesta Akokan - Friday, June 28th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- John Pizzarelli - Friday, July 19th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- Quiana Lynell - Saturday, July 20th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- John Cleary - Thursday, July 25th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- Shelly Berg - Saturday, August 3rd at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- Arturo Sandavol - Thursday, August 8th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- Veronica Swift and Emmet Cohen - Friday, August 9th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show
- Catherine Russell - Friday, August 16th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm 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.
Jas Café's Summer series line-up will have shows taking place Downstairs at The Little Nell and at the Cooking School of Aspen. Tickets can be purchased at 970.920.4996 or at jazzaspensnowmass.org Individual show tickets range from $45-$75 while a series pass to the five shows of your choice is available at a $50 discount.