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Does your family love the outdoors and want to learn more? Experience a Walking Mountains Science Center program right in your own backyard. We believe nature is for everyone.

Join us for one of our Community Programs.

We offer educational programs at the Nature Discover Center, the Vail Nature Center (summer only) and regional campgrounds (summer only) that inspire stewardship and sustainable living, one family at a time.

Join us for one of our Group Excursions.

Walking Mountains Science Center educators can come to you or we can take you to various locations throughout the Eagle River Valley. Our programs -- both guided hikes and evening lectures -- can be specifically tailored for children, families, or adults depending on the needs of the group.

Eagle Valley Guided Hikes (Reservations required)
Adults, Saturdays at 10am, Cost $45.oo per person

Join a Walking Mountains Science Center Naturalist on a day long educational hiking adventure into the wilderness surrounding the Eagle Valley. Program participants meet at the Walking Mountains Science Center campus in Avon where transportation to the trail head is provided. Participants are required to bring snacks, lunch, and water along with appropriate outdoor equipment. Hike locations and times vary from week to week so please call for specific details.


Evolving Ecosystems (7/21, 7/28, 8/4)

Discovery how the local environment has changed over varying timescales. Discus the major factors that have been driving these changes and learn about some of the potential challenges facing the valley.

Musing over mushrooms (8/18, 8/25, 9/1)

Venture into the mysterious world of fungus and learn abotu some of the spiecies that are edible here in the Eagle Valley. Extra time will  be spent ensuring that all participants learn the required skills for basic mushroom identification so that you can take this skill home with you.

Vail Mountain Guided Hikes

Vail Resorts has expanded summer on-mountain activities! Guided hikes provided by Walking Mountains Science Center on Vail Mountain are now offered 7 days a week during summer operations. Hike options include a summit hike which promises breathtaking views of the Gore and Sawatch Mountain Ranges; while the afternoon decent lets you explore the diverse forest areas on the front side of the mountain. Hikes depart from the Adventure Ridge ticket area in Eagle's Nest at 10:30am or 2:30pm and last about 3 hours.


10:30 Mountain Vista Hike with lunch:
Tour leaves from Walking Mt’s Discovery center at Eagles Nest at 10:30 with a certified Naturalist.  
The tour heads up Ridge route and down Grand Escape, taking approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

2:30 Forest discovery: 
Tour leaves from Walking Mt’s Discovery center at Eagles Nest at 2:30. The tour heads down
Berry Picker, taking approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Pricing: Hiking only $35 Hiking w/Lift $50 Hiking w/Lunch $50 Hiking w/Lift/Lunch $55 Tickets Avaliable at the Lionshead Ticket office

      p.o. box 9469
318 walking mountains lane
        avon, co 81620

  970.827.9725 p 970.827.9730 f


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Walking Mountains operates under special use permit from the White River National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.  All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Walking Mountains Science Center™ is a 501(3c) nonprofit that provides place-based education in natural and environmental science through science programs for Eagle County schools, summer science day camps and overnight camps, adult and family excursions that take place across Vail, Colorado and Eagle County, Colorado. Graduate fellows can apply to be environmental educators and intern naturalists. Our educational programs enhance scientific literacy, build environmental awareness, and inspire stewardship in children, adults, residents and visitors to the Vail area and Rocky Mountains. The science center recently achieved LEED Platinum Certification for the Buck Creek Campus from the U.S. Green Building Council.