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Students to Stewards Blog: All things Walking Mountains including hikes of the week, the Science Behind Series, family activities and much more. Read more… 

Curious Nature Blog: A weekly article exploring the natural world that surrounds us in the Eagle River Valley. Read more… 

Sustainability Blog: Weekly sustainability tips, energy efficiency, recycling & waste reduction, composting, and much more. Read more…

Climate Action Blog: The official blog for the Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community. Read more…

Students to Stewards

  • 2021 Science Behind - On the Trail! Series Schedule
    The lengthening days and melting snow mean one thing for many of us in the Eagle Valley – hiking season! This summer Walking Mountains Science Center is excited to partner with a number of local artists, scientists, and non-profit organizations to offer an exciting line up for our 2021 Science... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-01
  • Walking Mountains and EVLT Permanently Protect Land in Sweetwater
    Walking Mountains' Precourt Family Sweetwater Campus. Photo (C) Todd Winslow Pierce & Eagle Valley Wild... Read more
    Published on: 2021-04-12
  • Hike Of The Week: Moose in Our Midst
    Only 20 years ago seeing a moose in Colorado was rare. But thanks to successful relocation efforts by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), upwards of 3,000 moose now call Colorado home. CPW introduced Shiras moose (Alces alces shirasi) in 1978 and 1979 in North Park, which still has the highest... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-16

Curious Nature

  • Pika & Climate
    I’m at almost 11,500 feet, hiking to our research sites in the Front Range when I hear chirping and turn to see a small mammal scurrying across the rocks. The large, rounded ears are a dead giveaway: I’m in the presence of an American pika and I very well might... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-14
  • What Makes Warblers So Cool Anyway?
    For the sake of transparency, let’s get a few things straight. First, excepting an anomalous summer circa 1997, I am not a birder. Much to what I imagine would be the great disappointment of my five-year-old self, my birding journey stopped at my family’s bird feeder. Before writing this article,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-07
  • The Rascally Raccoon - Live Fast, Eat Trash
    Raccoons are versatile mammals that eat just about anything and live just about anywhere. They are bold and rather curious, so it’s no surprise they don't have an issue raiding your trash can or garden. While they can be considered a nuisance, raccoons are important players in the ecosystem, keeping... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-31

Sustainability

  • Trends that Benefit the Environment
    Walking Mountains Sustainability recently launched a campaign titled “Trends with Benefits: Making Remote Work.” You may be reading this (if you’re familiar with Walking Mountains) wondering, why does Walking Mountains care about working remotely? Well, that answer is simple.  While working from home comes with numerous benefits for work-life balance,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-23
  • The Paris Agreement and What You Need To Know
    By Eric Heil, Avon Town Manager, Climate Action Collaborative The evidence of climate change and its impacts have become nightly news with raging wildfires, severe drought, a record number of hurricanes, and accelerating retreat of ice shelves. The impact of our fossil fuel based industrialized society, depletion of natural biological... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-22
  • The Paris Agreement and What You Need To Know
    By Eric Heil, Avon Town Manager, Climate Action Collaborative The evidence of climate change and its impacts have become nightly news with raging wildfires, severe drought, a record number of hurricanes, and accelerating retreat of ice shelves. The impact of our fossil fuel based industrialized society, depletion of natural biological... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-22

Climate Action

  • What’s up with those green trash tents?
    If you are out and about at the Vail Farmers Market and other events in Eagle County, you might have seen the big green tents and perhaps some eager Walking Mountains Science Center staff or volunteers asking to help you with your trash. The Walking Mountain’s Sustainability “Zero-Waste” team works... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-08
  • Types of Sustainable Destinations
    As popular tourist destinations around the country scramble to certify their holiday hubs as one of few uniquely qualified to be considered most responsible, impactful, intentional and overall, sustainable, the greater Vail destination enters a new normal with ease. Having been pronounced the first Certified Sustainable Destination in the nation... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-01
  • Sustainable Wardrobes
    Textiles like clothes, shoes, linens and accessories are a huge and ever growing waste stream. According to a study done by RRS, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that textiles represent 6.31% of all waste in the United States, for an estimated 16.9 million tons per year. That’s a lot of... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-25