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

The Latest

  • Cliff Hangers: How do animals live on cliffs?
    Rocky Mountain Cliffs Cliffs are prominent topographic features found around the world. From El Capitan in Yosemite to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, for generations humans have marveled the drastic vertical faces of cliffs. Humans have used cliffs for navigation, protection, recreation and more. Here in the Rockies, cliffs... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-23
  • Why are Trails Closed in May?
    Eagle County spring trail closures in effect May is here and somehow it is still mud season! We’ve been waiting for our favorite trails to melt out all spring, but why are so many trails still closed? Although spring can be a great time to get outside, it is also... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-16
  • The Practice and Utility of Phenology
    What is phenology? Phenology is the study of the changing seasons. We can observe the changes in plant growth, animal behavior, weather and water patterns- really anything that changes with the seasons.... Read more
    Published on: 2022-05-09