A World Class Environmental Learning Center for Residents and Visitors

At Walking Mountains Science Center we provide locals and visitors from pre-k to gray with opportunities to explore nature, gain a scientific understanding, and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs.

We envision a future where everyone in the community understands the science of nature and is inspired to take action as an environmental steward.

Come explore your curious nature with us at the Avon Tang Campus, Nature Discovery Center on Vail Mountain or Vail Nature Center!

Free Photography Exhibition at the Avon Tang Campus!

The Latest

  • Largest Organisms: Aspen vs. Fungi?
    What is the world's largest single organism? A quick Google search could leave you with more questions than you anticipated. Depending on our prior knowledge, we may think that the largest single organism would be a giant sequoia, blue whale, coral reefs, or a pool of algae. However, the true... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-18
  • What the Heck is That? The Unique Geology of Tenmile Canyon
    While driving for a geology field trip, my college professor once told the class that the most common cause of death for geologists is car accidents. This was surely a made-up statistic, but he gave the logical reasoning that while driving, geologist are always looking out the windows and wondering... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-04
  • Bumble Bees are not Bumbling Around Evolution
    Bee-lieve it or not... bees are considered the most important pollinator in the world. Lucky for us, here in Colorado we have the fifth most bee diversity in the United States! You can find 946 native bee species in Colorado. Native bees are important because they are the species that... Read more
    Published on: 2021-09-27