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

  • Hike Of The Week: Winter Wilderness Etiquette
    Residents and visitors of the Eagle River Valley are fortunate to have trailheads leading into the Eagles Nest & Holy Cross Wilderness Areas at our doorsteps. Winter, with far fewer folks on the trails, is a truly special time to ski or snowshoe into the Wilderness. Here are a few... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-23
  • The Top of Colorado's Aquatic Food Chain is the River Otter!
    If you’ve seen a slinky-like creature hanging around the water in the winter time, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a river otter! Unlike people, river otters and other semi-aquatic animals don’t have to get out of the water at the end of summer. River otters are very playful and... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-22
  • Ode to a Bristlecone Pine
    510 BCE: Rising from a mountain’s shallow soil, a bristlecone pine begins its life. This Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine is one of the oldest trees in the world, only outlived by its cousin the Great Basin bristlecone pine. As this tree grows from a seed to a sapling the first... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-10