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!

Avon Tang Campus is now open. Please park in lower overflow parking. Top parking is closed.

The Latest

  • Cleaning up after large Avon rain event yesterday
    Due to the rain event yesterday in Avon, we are closed this morning at the Avon Tang Campus while we clean up. Scheduled programming will resume however there is no visitor parking in the top parking lot. Visitors should park in the lower staff and overflow parking lot. ... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-23
  • A Tale of Two Ranges (Sort of)
    Sometimes, our curious nature isn’t so easily satisfied.  Not too long ago, I found myself looking down on Pitkin Lake to our valley below. Taking in the view was a nice break from the general state of anxiety that often accompanies long days of alpine scrambling, type-2 fun at its... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-19
  • Camping with Kids 101
    Here in Colorado we have beautiful terrain and outdoor activities providing unique and exciting experiences.  We like to share those experiences with everyone, including our kids. Bringing kids into nature is essential to their future development as young outdoorsmen and women. Getting outside with your children is one of the... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-12