Thanks to everyone who attended our 2016 A Taste of Nature Gala! We were overwhelmed with the support of our community to enable us to reach more students, residents, and visitors in this beautiful place we call home! With the help of the generous and passionate Eagle Valley community, we raised over $500,000 in a single night, a record for the organization. More than 400 attendees were on hand to support and celebrate Walking Mountains’ mission of awakening a sense of wonder and inspiring environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education and to recognize all the work of the events honoree’s. Click here to read the 2016 post-event press release.
The 2016 theme was La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life. We were pleased to honor Ann Smead with the 2016 Reach for The Peak Award and Matt Donovan with the 2016 Founder’s Stewardship Award. 2016 Title Sponsor: Alpine Bank.
Ann Smead received the 2016 Reach for the Peak Award for her leadership and dedication to education and children. Smead has served as the chair for Vail Mountain School and on the board for the Vail Valley Foundation. With her husband she established the Smead Fellows PhD scholarship program.
Matt Donovan, recipient of the 2016 Founder’s Stewardship Award for actively demonstrating the Walking Mountains mission of education and stewardship in the community is a rare Vail native. After taking over the family business, Vail Honeywagon, they expanded into electronic waste recycling and organic waste collection and composting.
Click here to view past honorees!
Every summer the event showcases the beauty of our facility and highlights the overwhelming support that enables us to fulfill our mission of awakening and inspiring environmental stewardship through natural science education for people of all ages.
A Taste of Nature celebrates the goodness of life, the joy of friendship and the bounty that comes from the land around us while also raising vital support for educational programs that benefit the children, adults and families of our community. Proceeds from A Taste of Nature will be used to enhance and expand our programming so that even more people can participate and benefit from our unique, hands-on science education in the future. We are overwhelmed by each of these valued individuals that has contributed to our success.