Hometown Science Cafe Series

Ready to explore the cutting-edge of science right here in the Roaring Fork Valley? 

The Aspen Science Center invites you to join us for our FREE Hometown Science Cafe Series from 6:30-7:30pm, featuring conversations with our very own community experts and scientists.

Each cafe offers an intimate chance to delve into a scientific topic with a local expert and ask questions. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and be curious with your community.

520 Third St, Suite 9, Carbondale


February 23rd  Sarah Johnson, MAEd, WildRose Education  

Real-Time Science: Observing Arctic Weather and Sea Ice

Join Sarah R. Johnson, local climate change educator at Wild Rose Education and Arctic Outreach Educator with the International Arctic Buoy Programme to learn how the weather and sea ice data collected by scientists on the Arctic Ocean impacts the weather where we live. She will share stories from the team’s 2022 deployment campaign onto the sea ice off the North Slope of Alaska in Utqiaġvik in addition to plans for the upcoming Spring 2023 expedition. You are invited to decorate a small wooden boat that you will be able to track alongside an Arctic buoy that will be deployed in the Arctic Ocean in the coming months with the Float Your Boat program. Sarah will have polar maps, an Arctic buoy, and extreme cold expedition gear to show and tell.


March 16th  Phillip Halliwell, PhD 

Citizen Science for Pollinator Discovery

Discover how you can get involved with pollinator science and help create valuable scientific insights around extremely crucial pollinator species.


March 22nd –   Amanda Peterson, MA, LPC

The Life of Your Brain

The brain is complex, but you don’t have to be a scientist to understand the three key players in the brain that everyone should know about.

At the Third Street Center we will offer beer and wine ($5), and sodas ($2) for purchase with cash or Venmo only.

Please RSVP to reserve your seat!

711 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs


March 9th  Dr. Ann Hawkinson, PhD

Unexpected hosts: How animals experience viral infections.

In many instances animals have the ability to host viruses without experiencing disease, while humans infected with the same viruses become very ill.  Dr. Hawkinson’s research has focused on this interesting dichotomy, believing that understanding animal infections with these viruses may be the key to discovering effective human treatments for some viral infections. How can this research inform how we deal with COVID and other human viruses today and in the future?

March 15th  Heather Tattersall Lewin, PhD, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Does January snow bring July flow?

This year’s above average snowpack has helped the Roaring Fork Valley emerge from multi-year drought conditions… but will it last?  Will our reservoirs stay full?  Will the wildflowers be more spectacular this Spring?  Find out how winter snowfall impacts summer river flows and what we can expect to see this summer.  Also, how does water policy and use influence local streamflow?

Beverages will be available for purchase by the Casey Brewing Taproom.

Please RSVP to reserve your seat!