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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 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

  • Subnivean Zone: Life Under the Snow
    Imagine this… You awake to another typical winter day where the dim light filters its way into your home. Your thermostat reads a steady and consistent temperature in spite of the frigid temperatures and blustery weather of the outside world. Your food pantry, just a quick walk down a long... Read more
    Published on: 2021-01-04
  • Ogres & Avalanches: State of Our Snowpack
    “Ogres are like *the snowpack*. They have layers” –Shrek the ski-bum. Drawing misquotes and connections from a 2001 animated comedy to introduce an article on winter snowpack may seem like a stretch. However, Colorado’s snowpack has somewhat of a fairytale creature reputation in its own right. This year, with lurking... Read more
    Published on: 2020-12-28
  • Seasonal Trail Closures
    Hiking in Colorado is a year-round experience for many avid outdoor enthusiasts even in the winter when snow provides an extra obstacle for outdoor recreation. However, you may notice areas with trail closures occurring during the winter months no matter if you find yourself on Forest Service, BLM, or state... Read more
    Published on: 2020-12-14