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Walking Mountains Science Center

A world class environmental learning center for residents and visitors

Located in Avon (find driving directions here), our five-acre site, which boasts access to the Buck Creek, wetland areas, a spring-fed pond, aspen forests and National Forest, was donated by the Tang family in 2007 to provide our community with a place for learning and discovery. We have recently opened the doors to this exciting new facility and hope you'll stop in for a visit soon.

 To find out more about regularly scheduled community programs, contact our office (970) 827-9725 or visit our online events calendar.

The Science Center is open Monday - Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Admission is free to the public.

 

Sustainable design

The campus itself teaches and inspires. Thanks in large part to a lead gift from the Precourt family, visitors are able to see and learn more about the latest ideas in green building and design including active and passive solar, vegetative roofs, alternative building materials, and geothermal. The campus is on target to achieve LEED Platinum certification which would make us the greenest school in Colorado!

  • Mountain Discovery Center

    The heart of our campus, this building features interactive exhibits about our mountain ecology, a larger than life beaver lodge, administrative offices and conference facilities. Due to the use of the sustainable features described above, this building uses almost 70% less energy than a typical building of this size!
  • Field Studies Base Camp

    In addition to hosting speaking and film series and larger community centric classes, this building also serves as a Base Camp for our youth field-based programs. Due to the use of the sustainable features described above, the MDC uses almost 84% less energy than a typical building its size.
  • Meadow Learning Studio

    This dedicated classroom and laboratory complements and enhances student experiences in our field science programs.
  • Outdoor Learning Spaces

    The campus also features an aquatic education area, interpretive trails, an outdoor amphitheatre, and creek side classrooms.

Why a campus?

“Our campus is part of a larger national movement to reconnect children to nature and reawaken their interest in science,” says Markian Feduschak, Executive Director.

President Obama recently signed the “Great Outdoor Initiative” which encourages students to get outdoors and in Colorado, Lt. Governor O’Brien spearheaded the “Colorado Kids Outdoor Bill of Rights.” The Children’s Nature Network, spurred by the best-seller Last Child in the Woods, is also compiling research on the benefits of kids spending time in nature.

Through hands-on science education that takes place in nature, we are addressing academic achievement in science that has been on the decline in the United States. For this reason, our programs are closely aligned with the science curriculum in our district.

"The Buck Creek Campus will transform education in our valley in the same way that Birds of Prey and the Ford Amphitheater impacted sports and culture."- Alan Danson, Campaign Co-Chair

      p.o. box 9469
318 walking mountains lane
        avon, co 81620

  970.827.9725 p 970.827.9730 f

 

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Walking Mountains operates under special use permit from the White River National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.  All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Walking Mountains Science Center™ is a 501(3c) nonprofit that provides place-based education in natural and environmental science through science programs for Eagle County schools, summer science day camps and overnight camps, adult and family excursions that take place across Vail, Colorado and Eagle County, Colorado. Graduate fellows can apply to be environmental educators and intern naturalists. Our educational programs enhance scientific literacy, build environmental awareness, and inspire stewardship in children, adults, residents and visitors to the Vail area and Rocky Mountains. The science center recently achieved LEED Platinum Certification for the Buck Creek Campus from the U.S. Green Building Council.