Vail Certified as First Sustainable Mountain Resort Destination in the World

Today, Vail announced their certification as a sustainable mountain resort destination. Vail is the first destination in the world to be certified to the Mountain IDEAL sustainable destination standard . Additionally, Vail’s adherence to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) destination criteria makes it the first Certified Sustainable Destination in the United States certified by a GSTC-Accredited certifying body, Green Destinations. The conditional certification is

Walking Mountains Science Center and Vail Recreation District Release 2018 Hiking Schedule

Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vail Recreation District are thrilled to announce the 2018 summer hiking schedule with added trails, more peaks, and even more fun and learning on our public lands! The Backcountry Hiking program, centered out of the Vail Nature Center, runs from the beginning of June through the end of October, catching the summer wildflower blooms

Vail Named to Top 100 Sustainable Destinations for 2017

Vail has made international news for its collective sustainability efforts by being named to the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in 2017 by Green Destinations. The Top 100 list was officially announced this week during the Global Green Destinations Gala in Cascais, Portugal, in celebration of World Tourism Day. Representing Vail during the Sept. 28 presentation was Kim Langmaid, founder and

Hiking Through History: Red Cliff

Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society on Tuesday, September 19th as they take guests to one of Eagle County’s most historic living landmarks. Experts from the Historical Society will be on hand to tell the stories of Red Cliff’s colorful and lucrative past. Guides from Walking Mountains are prepared to discuss the geologic formations that

Fall Programs & Location Hours Announced

When the leaves start to change color and kids return to school, Walking Mountains Science Center embraces these natural cycles and adjusts their programs accordingly. From picking hiking trails to help you optimize fall color viewing to children’s activities focused on the seasons and animal life cycles, Walking Mountains will help learners of all ages and abilities grasp onto those

Solar Eclipse Watch Party Tips

We want to make sure you have all the information about the wildly popular Solar Eclipse Watch Party at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa on Monday, August 21st from 10:00am-12:00pm! Where do I park? We encourage guests to arrive sustainably on a bike, walk or take public transportation! There will be limited valet available at the Westin Riverfront Resort

YouthPower365 Transplants Sowing Seeds Program to Walking Mountains

For seven years, Sowing Seeds has introduced young students in Eagle County to the world of gardening, healthy eating and environmental stewardship. Stem by stem, leaf by leaf, hundreds of children have learned a valuable lesson: that time, patience, and constant care create amazing results. Since its inception, Sowing Seeds has been owned and managed by the Vail Valley Foundation’s

Mountain IDEAL Standard for Destinations Achieves GSTC Recognition

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Mountain IDEAL Standard for destinations has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The Mountain IDEAL destination standard has been developed to address sustainability in mountain environments that include winter and summer activities. These unique challenges and opportunities include issues like water and energy use related to snow making and snow melting

Walking Mountains Announces Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign at Annual Fundraiser

Walking Mountains Science Center hosted a sold out crowd of guests at their fundraising gala, A Taste of Nature, on Wednesday, July 12th. The evening celebrated another successful year of educational programs and sustainability initiatives along with honoring Dr. Jason Glass and Alan Danson for their long-time commitment. Unbeknownst to the crowd, a special announcement about the organization’s future was