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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

  • The Conifer’s Secret to Winter Survival
    As we head into the winter season, we can see nature’s landscape change. The temperatures drop, animals begin to migrate or hibernate, the mountains get covered in snow and trees begin to lose their leaves. However, not all the plants lose their leaves when winter comes around. Have you ever... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-24
  • What’s the temperature?
    Brrr, it's cold outside. Or is it? Depending on where in the world you grew up, Colorado’s winter weather may feel colder or less cold compared to what your body is used to. Mid-winter in Vail the average low temperature is around 5oF to 9oF with average high temperatures right... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-17
  • Colorado Quarries
    Three-hundred million years ago, modern day Colorado was covered by a warm inland sea. These waters left behind thick layers of sedimentary rock that have been warped, jostled, pushed and melted. The result, rocks and minerals of fantastic variety, concentration and quality. Mining these rocks and minerals became Colorado's most... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-10