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!

Free Photography Exhibition at the Avon Tang Campus!

The Latest

  • On Fire, Destruction, and Renewal
    As I write this, my home in California burns. A century of fire suppression, personified by Smokey Bear’s message of caution, combined with a decade of drought conditions, has led to a predictable pyroscape in the west. This year’s largest blaze, 960,583 acres as of 9/15/21, comes in second in... Read more
    Published on: 2021-09-20
  • Science Behind the Beautiful Colors of Fall
    Winter is coming and the forest is preparing in a bright and beautiful way! Colorado winters are notorious for freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. Luckily, trees have special strategies to protect themselves against these harsh winter conditions, some of which contribute to the colorful backdrop of fall here in Eagle... Read more
    Published on: 2021-09-13
  • The Family Tree
    It’s late summer in the mountains, and the forest is full and peaceful. Overhead, a hawk circles, crying to her mate, or perhaps to her offspring, now fledged and hunting on their own. And below my feet, activity hums, carrying the language of trees, plants, and fungi as they, too,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-08-30