AVLT is so honored to be the recipient of the Great Outdoors Colorado Starburst Award. This award honors conservation that improves the local community in creative ways. Click here to learn more.
Update: We have achieved our fundraising goal through private donations and grants to purchase and protect the Chapin Wright Marble Basecamp. AVLT officially closed on the property on June 1, 2016. Click here to read more about the closing and naming of the property. We are now accepting donations for the CW Marble Basecamp Fund — which will help us care for this property in perpetuity and maintain structures and improvements to support its educational use!
The Aspen Valley Land Trust has raised the funds to purchase the property through private donations and grants and officially closed on June 1, 2016. The Crested Butte Land Trust has partnered with AVLT to hold the conservation easement on the property. This will assure it remains available for outdoor education programs for local public schools … forever. The next steps for AVLT include:
1. Develop a management plan that will guide the use of the property for outdoor education and resource protection
2. Work with local schools to facilitate the use of the property for outdoor education
If you represent a local school or youth group and are interested in using the property for outdoor education, please contact Dave Erickson, AVLT Stewardship Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-963-8440 for more information.
STAY TUNED! We will update this webpage with current and more detailed information soon.
Project Background Information:
For more than 45 years, thousands of middle school children have listened to the nighttime forest, learned to backpack and camp, and developed an appreciation for the natural world that comes only from experience, thanks to a series of three generous owners who allowed their property, just two miles from the town of Marble, to be used as a basecamp for public outdoor education classes.
Nestled at 9,000 feet amidst a sparkling aspen grove in the “High Elk Corridor” between the Raggeds and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness areas, this 47-acre homestead remains pristine, with the exception of a 1939 settler’s cabin. The property is an inholding in the White River National Forest, America’s most visited forest, and is bordered on two sides by Wilderness. It is located in the heart of a Colorado Natural Heritage Program “Potential Conservation Area,” designated for high biodiversity significance, and provides outstanding wildlife and riparian habitat.
Mighty views of the Raggeds dominate the prominent flat bench that is at the heart of this land. Heading slightly uphill, views of Elk Mountain are joined by sounds of the North Fork of Lost Trail Creek, which runs along the property’s edge before joining the Crystal River, proposed for Wild and Scenic designation. In addition, the popular North Lost Trail traverses the property, providing a wilderness portal for the public.
This remote yet accessible property offers students and teachers a rare chance to spend their days in revelry and quiet reflection and their nights under a blanket of un-dimmed stars. Children “plug in” to the sounds of Lost Trail Creek, the changing aspen leaves, and sunsets over the Raggeds. Basecamp gives them a place to engage in teambuilding and personal discovery exercises such as rock climbing, ropes courses and trust walls, “Leave No Trace” wilderness ethics, journaling, storytelling by the campfire, and connecting to nature – and one another.
Click here to read testimonials of people who have had an experience with Basecamp.