Detective Work in the Cold

Sometimes being a naturalist is a lot like being a detective. One of the main requirements is to be overly observant of the world around me while looking for clues in the form of interesting specimens, signs, and stages in the forest to share with participants on my programs. This is especially exciting during the wintertime in our snow-covered landscape

Fascinating Facets Part 1 of 2 – Snow Science

Living in Eagle County, we can all consider ourselves familiar with snow. We either fight it or love it all winter, but how often do we stop to appreciate its intricate and delicate nature? Snow, specifically individual crystals, are unique, but also undergo constant change, or metamorphosis, as they fall from the sky and turn into grains in our snowpack.

Free Vail Snowshoe Tours Daily!

Walking Mountains provides naturalist guided snowshoe tours from the Nature Discovery Center on top of Vail Mountain and from the Science Center in Avon ! Nature Discovery Center, Daily at 2pm thru April 14th Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist for an introductory educational snowshoe through the forest atop Vail Mountain. Learn about winter ecology and animal adaptations as you gaze at majestic mountain views. Please come prepared to

Walking Mountains Community Programs

There is something for everyone here at the Science Center in Avon.  While Walking Mountains is instrumental in teaching natural science education to the kids of Eagle County through field studies programs and summer camps, we also offer many programs just for the Vail community.  Did you know that we also operate the Vail Nature Center in the summertime and

Vail Mushrooming Season is ON – Take a Hike with Walking Mountains

Join a Walking Mountains Science Center naturalist on an educational hiking adventure into the wilderness surrounding the Eagle Valley.  Program participants meet at the Walking Mountains campus in Avon where transportation to the trailhead is provided.  Participants are required to bring snacks, lunch and water along with appropriate outdoor equipment.  Hike locations and times will vary from week to week

Walking Mountains Science Center Celebrates Successful First Year

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~John Lubbock The Avon-based Walking Mountains Science Center opened its new campus doors last year in August. Though having served the community with science and environmental education for over 13

Summer Programs at Walking Mountains Science Center

The summer season is right around the corner and so is the new community programs schedule for Walking Mountains Science Center !  There is something for everyone at our new state-of-the-art science and nature center in Avon, CO.  Bring the whole family out to explore our beautiful natural surroundings.  The Center offers interpretive trails, interactive hands-on exhibits, nature tours, an astronomy club, preschool programs, a local weather station,