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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 Tang Campus in Avon, Nature Discovery Center on Vail Mountain or Vail Nature Center!

Face masks are required on all programs and to enter all buildings per public health orders.

The Latest

  • Staff Spotlight: Scott Dunn
    Meet our staff! Walking Mountains staff is full of brilliant, interesting and funny individuals. We want the community that might not have a chance to work with them or participate in their program to get to know our staff. Trust us-- our staff makes all the difference! Join us Fridays... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-16
  • Have you Smelled It? Fall is in the Air!
    It hits without warning: one late summer day while walking outside, you inhale a crisp, familiar scent, and it becomes apparent that Fall is in the air! I’ve always loved the smells of Fall, particularly the smell of leaves decomposing on the forest floor. The love of this smell got... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-12
  • Romance in the Rut: Moose Mating Season is Finally Here!
    While weather in the mountains is getting cooler, things are heating up for the giants of the deer family: moose. In September and October, a bull moose’s bellows can be heard for miles as they search feverishly for mates. Fall is a crucial time for these resident animals. If adults... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-05