Dissection Investigation!

Interact with organisms in a new and dynamic way, develop observation and comparison skills, and see first-hand the complexity of life. Families have the opportunity to discover the structures and processes of that make organisms unique during an afternoon of investigative dissection. This is not a drop-off program-guardian participation is required. $10/child. Target ages 2nd-5th…

Mountain IDEAL Sustainable Destination

The Mountain IDEAL: A Destination Certification Standard Recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Walking Mountains Science Center supports mountain resort communities in becoming globally recognized certified sustainable destinations. The Mountain IDEAL Destination Standard for mountain resort communities is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.  The standard can be reviewed in its entirety here: Mountain IDEAL. To become a certified sustainable destination a mountain resort community…

Fungi Foray Field Day

This wildly popular program is back! Join Walking Mountains and a visiting mycology expert on a day-long educational adventure. Participants will learn to identify the ideal growing conditions and habitat for local mushrooms while practicing responsible foraging ethics in the field. Ages 16+. This program has passed for 2017. Check back in Spring of 2018…

Colorado Public Lands Day Celebration

In May 2016 Colorado made history by becoming the first state in the nation to establish an official holiday recognizing the value of its public lands. Vail's own Senator Kerry Donovan and Governor Hickenlooper recognized the importance of public lands for Colorado's identity, culture, and economy. 90% of the people living in Colorado use their public lands,…

Pulling Together: Volunteer Days

Get your hands dirty and volunteer! Each week we will introduce an outdoor volunteer project and why it is important to our ecological community. Then we will pull together as a group to remove invasive plant species, plant native vegetation, clean up litter, and build or improve local hiking trails.  Light refreshments will be provided.…

Free Recycling Facility Tours

Join us for a FREE guided tour of the Eagle County Materials Recovery & Household Hazardous Waste Facilities! Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycled items after you leave them at the curb or drop them off at a recycling drop-site? Want to find out? Without knowing what happens next, it is hard to…

Winter Nature Walks

Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist for a gentle, educational hike through aspen forests and streamside communities. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment. Walks will be conducted on snowshoes as necessary depending on snow levels. Please wear proper footwear and clothing for the outdoors in winter. Snowshoes provided when necessary. All…

Backcountry Snowshoe Hikes

2018 Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:00 am-1:00 pm | $50/person | Ages 14+ Join an instructor trained as a Certified Interpretive Guide on these leisurely half-day outings in the White River National Forest. Snowshoes are provided, but guests must bring their own sense of wonder and enthusiasm for spending time in the winter environment!…