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!

The Latest

  • What is Aridification and How is it Affecting the Southwest?
    It's coming to the end of summer here in Vail, and as life goes in the mountains, winter already feels like it's on the horizon. This last winter saw parts of Colorado reaching record-breaking snowfall, leading to gushing streams and dazzling wildflower blooms all summer long. It’s truly been an... Read more
    Published on: 2023-09-18
  • What Sound do Male Elk Make?
    The bugle of the male elk is considered by some to be one of the most magical calls in nature, and considered by others to be one of the more haunting. Most commonly heard around dusk and dawn between the months of September and October, the bugle of an elk... Read more
    Published on: 2023-09-11
  • How mycelium helps a forest ecosystem communicate underground
    Legend has it that trees talk to each other. You might have even pondered if a falling tree goes unnoticed in an otherwise empty forest. This magical image of talking trees—seen in movies, mythology, and ancient folklore—actually has some truth to it. They may not have mouths, but trees do... Read more
    Published on: 2023-09-04