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 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 through aspen and riparian communities. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment.  Walks will be conducted on snowshoes as necessary due to snow levels. 
Audience: All ages.
Cost: Free!


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.

  • December 20 – Birds of Prey
  • December 23 & 27 – Winter Scavenger Hunt
  • December 30 & January 3 – Everybody Scats
  • January 6 & 10 – Spectacular Snow
  • January 13 & 17 – Life Under the Snow
  • January 20 & 24 – Snow Balls and Snow Creatures
  • January 27 & 31 – Wild Cats
  • February 3 & 7 – Wild Dogs
  • February 10 & 14 – Animal Tracks
  • February 17 & 21 – Animals with Antlers
  • February 24  – Ravens, Magpies, and Crows
  • February 28 - EarthKeepers CANCELLED
  • March 3 & 7 – Rockin’ Rocks
  • March 10 & 14 – Starry Skies
  • March 17 & 21 – Evergreen Trees
  • March 24 & 28 – Aspen Trees
  • March 31 & April 4 – Bird Life Cycle
  • April 7 & 11 – Nests
  • April 14 & 18 – Spring Seasonal Change
  • April 21 & 25 – Earth Day
  • April 28 & May 2 – Spring Scavenger Hunt
  • May 5 & 9 – Plant Life Cycle
  • May 12 & 16 – Butterfly Life Cycle
  • May 19 & 23 – Nature Art

Environmental Adventure Club – Second Saturday of each month 10am-4pm

Kids ONLY! Join the Environmental Adventure Club to explore wild areas throughout the valley. Play and investigate what makes nature such a cool new place.  Participate in a project, learn, make a difference, and most importantly, have fun!  Participants should dress for a day outdoors and bring a trail lunch, water, and snacks.  Space is limited. 
Audience: Children in grades 1-5
Cost: $25/person

  • December 14 –Wild for Winter at Walking Mountains Science Center - This month's club activities will focus on exploring and finding the joys of winter in the wild.  We will play games and explore the winter wonder land around Walking Mountains and end by creating holiday cookies!
  • January 11 – Winter Survival at Maloit Park - This month the Environmental Adventure Club will travel to Maloit Park to learn more about winter survival.  Activities will include creating a shelter, learning about how animals survive and even playing beacon capture the flag!
  • February 8 -  For the LOVE of Nature at Walking Mountains Science Center - This month's activities are based around finding LOVE in the natural world.  We will play games that connect our group to each other and this special place we call home.  We will also create a special craft that we can give to someone special in our lives.
  • March 8 – Signs of Spring at Browns Loop trail - We  will travel out to Eagle, near Sylvan Lake State Park and look for signs of spring! 
  • April 12 –Think Green at Walking Mountains Science Center - This month the Environmental Adventure Club will explore what it means to be "green".  We will find adventures around the Walking Mountains Science Center campus and play the games we all love and will also begin to plant seedlings that will go into the WMSC garden!
  • May 10 –Exploring the wild side, location TBD - This month we will celebrate the summer season that is right around the corner!  We will head out for a bigger hike and push ourselves to discover to true spirit of ADVENTURE!!

Eagle 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.
Cost: Free! 


Adult Watercolor Painting with Craig Schreiber – Last Monday of each month 6-9pm

Learn simple watercolor techniques to enjoy painting as a creative hobby. Discover how to focus your mind's ey from a visionary. Classes will cover random textures in nature as well as the persepctive of human things. Each class will be different, attend one class or the whole series. Materials provided.
Audience: Adults
Cost: $40/person or $120/series

  • January 27, 6pm-9pm
  • February 24, 6pm-9pm
  • March 31, 6pm-9pm
  • April 28, 6pm-9pm

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, Walking Mountains Science Center partners with a guest presenter to explore the science behind factors in our everyday lives.  Get curious and get involved!  Classes are free or low cost to attend.
Audience: Mainly focused on adult audiences.

  • December 4, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - The Science Behind Women's Ski Equipment
  • January 22, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - The Science Behind Homemade Wine
  • January 29, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - The Science Behind Influenza
  • February 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm - The Science Behind Neurofeedback
  • March 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm - The Science Behind Phytonutrients
  • April 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - The Science Behind Beer
  • May 7, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - The Science Behind Perfume 

Time Scene Investigation wtih Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Saturday March 15, 4pm-5pm or 6pm-7pm

Come face to face with mammoths, mastodons, and real scientists! Students use scientific inquiry to learn about the Ice Age, how their backyard has changed through time, and what scientists are learning about the Snowmass village area and the Ice Age creatures that used to live there. This is a family-friendly program, target youth age 2nd-5th grade.
Audience: Families
Cost: $5/person

This program is offered as part of One Book, One Valley community reading program. Check out this year's book Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs.

Family Science Open House with John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado – Saturday April 12, 2pm-4pm

Discover how the world works by playing with a variety of hands-on experiements and demonstrations presented by instructors from the Math and Science Center. Work though a variety of stations covering many science, technology, engineering and math concepts through interactive learning. Target youth age 2nd-5th grade.
Audience: Families
Cost: $10/family

Kids Forensics Lab with Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Saturday May 17, 10am-11:30am or 12pm-1:30pm

Use forensic science to solve a murder mystery. Analyze crime evidence such as blood smaples, fingerprints, and unknown powders, and learn how CSI agents use the scientific process to solve crimes. Target youth age 2nd-5th grade.
Audience: Children in 2nd-5th grade. Parents are also welcome to attend.
Cost: $5/person


To register for any program, please call 970.827.9725. 

      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.