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

  • Reading with your child creates a lifelong love of learning
    Many of us have nostalgic memories of our favorite children’s book characters: snacking with The Hungry Caterpillar, learning to share with Rainbow Fish, or rhyming with the Cat in the Hat. It’s no surprise that reading to three to five year olds is linked to powerful academic benefits. At this... Read more
    Published on: 2024-06-17
  • Harrington’s Penstemon is a Gem in Eagle County’s Wildflower Crown
    Every spring, I get giddy at the first sight of color that isn’t the white or brown of mud season. I know that each year, the abundance and beauty of wildflowers in this region will continuously surprise and delight me. This year, I am most excited to watch for one... Read more
    Published on: 2024-06-10
  • Good Outdoor Gear Shouldn’t Generate Waste
    In a mountain town, it’s difficult to avoid a conversation about the latest gear, and while that gear equips us for a day in the mountains it can come at a cost that is more than the price tag. Sustainable apparel is becoming central to more brands, but there is... Read more
    Published on: 2024-06-03