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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

  • Snowshoeing: An Ancient Art
    Skiing and snowboarding feel like an inescapable facet of life here in the Eagle River Valley. Walking down the street you're almost guaranteed to hear the clacking of ski boots or see people waiting to ride the bus with a board in hand. What you are less likely to see,... Read more
    Published on: 2024-03-04
  • The Science Behind Leap Years
    Although it may not feel like it, this year's trip around the sun will include an extra day. In 2024, February gets an extra day. Instead of 28 days, February will have 29 days, making this calendar year a leap year! A leap year, also termed a “sidereal” year, is... Read more
    Published on: 2024-02-26
  • Snowmaking and its Long Term Potential
    Nothing quite compares to those mornings when you wake up and see the mountains around you blanketed in white—but how much of what you see came from a machine? As global temperatures increase, Colorado’s multi-billion dollar ski industry—the largest in the country—turns more and more to ‘artificial’ snow to keep... Read more
    Published on: 2024-02-19