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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

  • Hike Of The Week: East Lake Creek
    Getting There: Take Lake Creek Road out of Edwards. When the road splits take the right fork, West Lake Creek Road, following the signs to the East and West Lake Creek Trailheads. Proceed past the hairpin turn that also serves as the trailhead for the West Lake Creek trail and... Read more
    Published on: 2020-07-09
  • Hike Of The Week: Lost Lake
    Lost Lake near Vail is an excellent and accessible moderate hike to a gorgeous mountain lake. This hike is a great family full day hike, and is a more moderate trek than many lake hikes here in our valley.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-07-01
  • We're Committed to Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Walking Mountains Science Center stands in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community and those advocating for social justice. From the backyard to the backcountry, in every community, everyone should feel safe in the outdoors. Throughout our history, we have strived to provide equal access to... Read more
    Published on: 2020-06-23

Curious Nature

  • Colorado’s Rarest Treasures: Wild Orchids
    With Mother's Day and Father’s Day behind us, the orchids will likely have time to replenish their stock. These days your average white Phalaenopsis orchids come in custom colors such as "blue mystique", "purple fusion" or "lavender mist". How sad really, nature didn't intend for these orchids to be technicolor.... Read more
    Published on: 2020-07-13
  • Freedom and Wilderness
    Ed Abbey wrote “…we cannot have freedom without wilderness; we cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at least part of their lives under no control but their own desires and abilities” We are so fortunate to... Read more
    Published on: 2020-07-06
  • Mythbusters: Bat Edition
    For centuries, bats have been shrouded in myths that have not always shown these nocturnal creatures in the greatest of lights. During Halloween, bat images are used as decorations for haunted houses and spooky neighborhood displays. Toothless, warty witches on broomsticks are often shown with a hoard of bats circling... Read more
    Published on: 2020-06-29

Sustainability

  • Opportunities for Sustainable Mountain Communities
    A woman stands near the edge of Booth Falls in Vail. Local trails are visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. This high use has contributed to issues such as trash, pet waste, trail erosion and widening, social route development, parking challenges at trailheads and a decline in... Read more
    Published on: 2020-06-11
  • Reducing Our Transportation Pollution
    In Eagle County, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation represent 36% of our overall community emissions, equal to about 460,000 metric tons of carbon each and every year. There are two primary means of reducing these emissions the first, by reducing the number of miles we travel in fossil fuel powered... Read more
    Published on: 2020-05-08
  • Eagle County Drawdown Results
    In March, I wrote a column describing an effort underway with the Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community, called the Eagle County Drawdown Project. This project, is an attempt to better understand how we can “drawdown” (decrease or reverse) the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere that... Read more
    Published on: 2020-04-14

Climate Action

  • Why did Eagle County restrict fires over the 4th of July weekend?
    Before you headed out to snatch that beautiful campsite you, your friends and family had all to yourselves, far from all the overly enthusiastic Americans, did you check whether you would be breaking fire restrictions set by Eagle County? If not, you’ll have better luck next time you get out... Read more
    Published on: 2020-07-07
  • What Are Solar Photovoltaic Systems and How You Can Benefit
    Now that it is summer, we are all eager to go out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Not only does the summer sun provide us long, warm days, we can also use it to reduce our carbon footprint. Solar energy can be harnessed in a couple of ways.Passive solar design... Read more
    Published on: 2020-06-30
  • Sustainability Planning Workshop
    Virtually attend this workshop no matter how long your business or organization has been involved with the Actively Green Program, but make sure to attend this workshop if your business has been in the program for 3 years or longer.  At this point in your business's sustainability journey, it is... Read more
    Published on: 2020-06-18