The city of Aspen will transition to its fall transit schedule beginning Sept. 3.
The new schedules are as follows:
Monday through Saturday, the Castle Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley routes will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight. On Sundays, Castle Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley routes will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The cross town shuttles end for the season on Sept. 2. The Cross Town and Galena Street shuttles will begin winter service on Nov. 28.
High Mountain Taxi will provide free late-night service from Rubey Park to any city of Aspen bus stop on Fridays and Saturdays during the off-season. Service will be available at 12:30 a.m., 1 a.m., 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Free parking in downtown Aspen on Saturdays begins Sept. 7. Paid parking remains in effect Monday through Friday. Sundays are always free.
Carpools of two or more adults may pick up a free carpool parking permit at the airport parking kiosk on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visit www.commuterconnect.net  for help with locating carpool partners.
Call 970 925-8484 for bus route and schedule information.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and Crystal River Elementary School (CRES) have partnered to bring full-time, in-school environmental science education programming to all CRES students, kindergarten through fourth grade, when classes resume on Aug. 26.
CRES students will now attend a weekly, one-hour science class as one of their “specials.” The full-time program also will include two to three field trips per year to ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch and Hallam Lake sites, or Aspen Mountain.
ACES last year expanded its science program to Basalt Elementary School (BES), providing a five-fold increase in environmental science programming. ACES has provided full-time, curriculum-integrated science education at Aspen Elementary School for 36 years, and provides environmental science education programs and field trips for over 42 schools in the region.
Whole Foods Market Roaring Fork is helping to support ACES’ Children’s Education Fund, which funds all of ACES’ environmental science programming.
On Aug. 28, the store will donate 5 percent of its sales to ACES and their Children’s Education Fund. This program provides environmental education to children throughout the valley.
ACES still needs additional donations to complete the funding for the 2013-2014 school year programs at Crystal River Elementary and Basalt Elementary School, and is seeking major supporters for subsequent years. Interested donors can contact Chris Lane at ACES or email firstname.lastname@example.org . All community members and businesses can participate in supporting these educational programs by making a donation online at www.aspennature.org .
ACES is a nonprofit environmental science education organization with four sites in the Roaring Fork Valley. This summer, ACES celebrates its 45th anniversary.