Challenging kids to learn nature at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Learning nature at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Challenging kids to learn nature at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

At the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), environmental educators including Denali Barron and Bowman Leigh think a grab bag of nature challenges can help kids engage with the outdoors—and get off their devices.

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A bird-watchers paradise on Mexico’s Pacific Coast
A pair of Blue-Footed Boobies spotted near San Blas

A bird-watchers paradise on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

People come to San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit from all over the world to see birds—as well as to surf the famous breaks. We are in a boat, mangroves on either side in La Tovara National Park

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Kids and grownups discovering The Wild in New York’s Adirondacks
Kids playing in the Unique Pines at The Wildl Center in Tupper Lake, NY

Kids and grownups discovering The Wild in New York’s Adirondacks

Inside the expansive Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY are interactive exhibits whether you want to open boxes of bones in the Naturalists Cabinet, mimic bird calls, take a stroll on the indoor Living River Trail past lakes, bogs, streams , rivers and waterfalls and forests to the summit of a high peak with more than 2,000 live creatures—frogs, fish and of course the Otters.

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Exploring nature in and around Aspen with ACES
Jim Kravitz leads a nature walk above Aspen for ACES

Exploring nature in and around Aspen with ACES

ACES, as the environmental center is known, offers a variety of winter and summer activities for families from custom hikes (a bargain at $40 an hour) to a free birds of prey program we dropped in on in the afternoon meeting the resident horned owl and golden eagle...

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