Upcoming Programs at Walking Mountains Science Center
Please call 970.827.9725 to register for programs.
Programs are filled on a first-registered, first-served basis. Drop-ins are welcome given space availability.
Nature Walks - Monday - Saturday 2-3pm.
Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist for a gentle educational hike around the Science Center property. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain community. Walks will be conducted on snowshoes as necessary due to snow levels.
Audience: All ages.
Early Bird, Bird Walk – Mondays and Wednesdays 8-9:30am (6/17 - 9/2)
Explore meadows, forests, & riparian areas in search of our many mountain birds. Learn about birding, bird identification, and habitats important to our avian friends. Some binoculars are available or bring your own.
Audience: All ages
Avon Overlook Hike - Tuesdays 12:30pm-2:30pm (6/17 - 9/2)
Take a midday hike and travel uphill to a ridge overlooking the Eagle River valley. Stop along the way to examine signs of flora and fauna along the trail. Come prepared to spend two hours outside in the dry summer environs with appropriate clothing, hiking boots and water.
Audience: Adults, heavy cardio
Après Ascent - Thursdays 4:30pm-6pm (6/17 - 9/2)
Wind down the day with a scenic hike along Buck Creek. Learn about summer ecology and animal adaptations as you explore mountain meadows, babbling brooks, and scenic views. This hike follows a trail with steep and narrow sections. Come prepared to spend time outside in the dry summer environment with appropriate clothing, hiking boots and water.
Audience: Adults, moderately strenuous
Nature Tykes - Thursdays 1:00pm-1:45pm (6/17 – 9/2)
Help your child develop sensory awareness & comfort in the outdoors from an early age. Learn ways to introduce children to the natural world and nurture their sense of wonder as you explore the woods, meadows & wildflowers.
Audience: 6 months to 2 years with an adult
EarthKeepers Preschool Program – Mondays and Fridays 10am-Noon
With the help of an adult in their lives, each child will use senses to explore the natural world and have fun with others while participating in activities such as songs, stories, and games. Topics and activities change each meeting. Dress for both outdoor and indoor activities. Please bring a small snack for your child. Pre-registration is required.
Audience: 2-5 year old children and an adult.
Cost: $10 for child/adult pair, $5 per additional child.
May 17 Aspen Trees
June 17 & 21 Summer Scavenger Hunt
June 24 & 28 Buzz Buzz Buzz
July 1 & 5 Life in the Stream
July 8 & 12 Trees, Please
July 15 & 19 Incredible Ants
July 22 & 26 Aquatic Insects
July 29 & August 2 Claws and Paws
August 5 & 9 Fierce Flyers
August 12 & 16 Wild and Wacky Weather
August 19 & 23 Itsy Bitsy Spider
August 26 & 30 Dirt
September 2 & 6 Everything Leaves Tracks
September 9 & 13 Symphony of Colors
September 16 & 20 Fall Scavenger Hunt
September 23 & 27 Camouflage
September 30 & October 4 Busy Beavers
October 7 & 11 Where Do Birds Go?
October 14 & 18 Decomposers
October 21 & 25 Dirt Made My Lunch
Vail Valley Astronomical Society – Second Thursday of each month 7:30-9pm
This group of amateur astronomers meets at Walking Mountains Science Center. The group is made up of adults and children alike, anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level is invited to learn about features in space, using telescopes, and interpreting the night sky.
Audience: All ages, elementary aged children should be accompanied by an adult.
The "Science Behind" Series – Dates, Times & Prices Vary
Have you ever wondered how something works or how something was made? In the monthly Science Behind series, a member of the Walking Mountains Science Center staff and a guest presenter explore the science behind factors in our everyday lives. Pervious topics have included rafting, worm composting, and gluten-free cooking. Many more topics are yet to be examined. Call for information about the upcoming programs.
Audience: Mainly focused on adult audiences.
May 15, 2013 - Science Behind Fly Fishing
June 19, 2013 - Science Behind Cheese Making
July 17, 2013 - Science Behind Achieving and Maintaining Peak Performance
August 14, 2013 - Science Behind Foraging: Identifying Common Wild Edibles of the Rocky Mountains
September 25, 2013 - Science Behind Paper Making
To register for any program, please call 970.827.9725.