For over 50+ years, Aspen Camp has served thousands of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth across the country at its modest camp 17-acre riparian environment nestled along the Snowmass Creek near Aspen, Colorado.
Aspen Camp is 15+ acre riparian forest nestled along the Snowmass Creek situated 7,582′ above elevation in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. With six programming facilities, Aspen Camp is the only year-round camp serving the hearing loss population and the sign language community.
Founded in 1967 by Reed Harris, Tom Sardy, and Lt. General William Martin along with support from the Pabst family and the Aspen Rotary Club. Aspen Camp continued to prosper, hosting well over 25,000 campers and families on its modest campground.
In 1974, the first Deaf Camp picnic was hosted, which John Denver and Jimmy Buffet frequently headlined.
Although Aspen Camp was met with a series of unfortunate events leading it to temporarily close its doors. It has since then overhauled the entire leadership team and completely revitalized itself.
Today, with the unwavering commitment from its board members, our neighbors, the Roaring Fork Valley, and the deaf and hard of hearing community, Aspen Camp is proud to welcome everyone back and offer our renown outdoor experiential and educational programs.
Aspen Camp provides diverse experiential, educational, outdoor, and recreational experiences for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to connect with nature, others in the signing community, and with themselves.
Consultant, father of CODA
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
RFV Resident, Construction Manager
A Board member since 2017 who lives in Gunnison, Colorado, Karen is a guide and facilitator who has worked with groups in outdoor/ experiential programs throughout her career. She brings strength, humor, caring, strong relational skills, listening skills and organizational skills: all assets to her role on the Board. She has a Masters in Education and has worked with many different populations with a dedication to growth and life-long learning.
A native Washingtonian, graduate of Gallaudet University and lifelong community advocate for deaf and hard of hearing people, Kaika is a seasoned executive and successful entrepreneur with over 15 years of nonprofit leadership.
Zeph grew up in Western Colorado enjoying the outdoors lifestyle. He loves backpacking, rafting,
snowboarding, skateboarding with his dog, and hiking with his family. After high school Zeph began a rewarding construction career in the Roaring Fork Valley. His daughter’s passion for ASL led him to discover the Aspen Camp.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
HS educator, father of deaf child
Community Change Agent,
Stefan joined the board in the fall of 2022. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership and experience as both a teacher and a school administrator. Currently a Transition Teacher at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, Stefan brings experience in experiential education and program development to the team.
Greg Bland, MPA is a veteran social entrepreneur who has led multiple companies from seed funding to mature organizations. An animated public speaker, he regularly presents on how culture affects productivity in organizations. In his spare time, he loves cozying up with his pets and a good book by the fireplace. He also loves a good joke: if you have one, you just made a new friend.
As a first-generation Chicagoan Chicana, she carries her ancestors’ love for nature, especially nopal from Mexico. She wants to share those seeds at Aspen Camp for anyone that seeks ancestral connections as part of their cultural identity & personal development. Ana is committed to camp being a place that offers a sense of belonging, for inclusion, celebration, and wellbeing where everyone can feel, be touched, be connected and be supported.
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