Field Science Program FAQ
Please see below for a list of FAQ’s.
If the below does not answer your question, please contact: Dustin Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org 970.827.9725 x138
- You will receive a Planning Form Email approximately one month prior to your scheduled program. This form needs to be filled out at least 2 weeks prior to your program.
- After you complete the Planning Form, you will get a Confirmation Email with all teacher materials, including pre-visit instructions, field group lists, med-forms, chaperone letters, and parent letters. Those resources can also be found HERE.
- You should complete and send field group lists to Walking Mountains at least 48 hours before your program.
- Please bring your completed med-forms divided into field groups with you on the day of your program.
Securing a bus with the district for a Walking Mountains Field Science Program can be challenging. You should put in a bus request as soon as possible at the start of the academic year. Bus requests should be submitted no later than one month before your program.
In alignment with the Walking Mountains’ equity and inclusion efforts, all K-8 Eagle County Public School students will receive one FREE field science program. Additional programs will be offered at a cost of:
- $15/student for a 4-5 hour field science program at Walking Mountains Science Center or another field site of your choice.
- $6/student for a 2-3 hour field science program located in your schoolyard.
Overnight programs are also available for the following price:
- $25/student for a 1-night residential program
- $50/student for a 2-night residential program
- An additional fee of $25/participant (adults and students) will be charged for food.
- Facility fees vary by location.
Walking Mountains welcomes all students and currently works with private schools throughout Eagle County, as well as schools in the Roaring Fork Valley and Routt County. If you would like to learn more and schedule a Walking Mountains program, please reach out to our School Programs Manager Dustin Hall for more information.
Walking Mountains Campuses
Walking Mountains has two campuses in the Eagle River Valley:
- Tang Campus: Located in Avon, Colorado and is open year round.
- Sweetwater Campus: Located near Dotsero, Colorado and is open April 16th – November 15th.
Forest Service and BLM Land
Walking Mountains also runs winter programming at Maloit Park (USFS) in Minturn Colorado, as well as fall and spring programming at the McCoy Fossil Beds (BLM) just outside of Bond, Colorado on Highway 131.
Eagle County Open Space
Walking Mountains can also partner with Eagle County Open Space and operate fall and spring programs at the Miller Ranch Open Space or the Eagle River Preserve.
10th Mountain Hut Division
With advanced notice (1 year prior to the program), smaller residential programs can be offered at 10th Mountain Huts throughout the area – such as Shrine Mountain Inn or Vance’s Cabin.
Although found not to be as positive of an outdoor experience for students, Walking Mountains can provide shorter programming in local schoolyards. Typically, this option is reserved for grade levels participating in their 2nd or 3rd program for the academic year and are facing barriers to participation in a full field science program, such as bussing or nurse availability. However, our 3rd Grade “Fun with Fossils” program is designed for a schoolyard, or an open space adjacent to your school.
On the planning form, teachers can select from the following options for a pre-visit:
- A 15-30 minute virtual pre-visit using Google Meets. This will take place on the Wednesday before the scheduled program at a time determined by the teacher on the planning form.
- A 5 minute pre-visit video. These are YouTube links and will be sent with confirmation email, as well as can be found on the teacher resources page. We ask that teachers show this video at least 48 hours before the program, so that students are prepared for the field day.
Yes! The Risk and Liability Release Forms can be found on the Forms & Teacher Resources page. Please print, sign, and either send back to your child’s teacher or bring with you the day of the program.
Yes! Walking Mountains is excited to work with homeschool groups, environmental clubs, green teams, and much more. If this sounds like you, or you are looking for specific science concepts or activities, for a more custom tailored program, please reach out to our School Programs Manager Dustin Hall for more information and to schedule a program. The cost for these programs will vary depending on the number of participants, location of the program, as well as the length of the program.