Aspen Science Center


To advance the public understanding of science through lifelong discovery, exploration and education.


By 2020, the Aspen Science Center will be recognized as the premier organization promoting and facilitating public understanding of and engagement in science throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. In actualizing this vision, the Aspen Science Center will:

  • Advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning as an essential and complementary component of the rich and unique culture that distinguishes the Aspen community.
  • Be the “go to” STEM entity for convening and collaborating with other Aspen area scientific, educational, arts, cultural, and policy-engaged organizations.
  • Provide a unique portfolio of STEM-related programs, resources, and services for the diverse residents and visitors of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.
  • Maintain a visible presence in Aspen, as well as other Roaring Fork Valley communities, through regular multi-media messaging and public engagement activities that inspire and educate audiences of all ages, including Pre-K and school-age youth, families, area educators and other adults.
  • Build a strategic, sustainable, continuously improving non-profit enterprise that attracts and retains a strong Board, talented staff, and diverse financial support through both earned and contributed revenues.


To enrich the knowledge, involvement, and enthusiasm of the local community in science – to catalyze the interest of young people in the Roaring Fork Valley in scientific inquiry by providing science programs and resources that are cutting-edge, entertaining, accessible, relevant, and understandable.

Guiding Principles

Science is an indispensable tool for understanding our world, becoming an informed citizen, and enriching people’s lives. In today’s world, each citizen must have a solid base in the understanding of, and appreciation for, scientific concepts and their essential role in the betterment of humankind.

The Aspen Science Center was formed to offer teachers, students, and the larger community a vital center of instruction in and exploration of science, and a resource for science literacy.


In Education, our goal is to bridge the gap between research, education, and passion for sound science. This understanding will enhance every aspect of our lives.

In Outreach, our goal is to provide innovative, immersive experiences that enhance the community’s understanding of, and appreciation for, good science.

The Aspen Science Center is a 501 (c)(3) organization founded to bring science into our lives in a compelling way and use the power of good science to create a better future for all of us.

The Aspen Science Center will enter into partnerships with local science-based organizations, schools, libraries, arts organizations, and others to foster learning and creativity throughout the area.