Located near Centura Health in Avon right off of I-70. An innovative natural science learning campus for residents and visitors of the Eagle Valley. Free and open to the public.

318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain out of Lionshead Village, Vail. All visitors must have a pass to ride the gondola. Free and open to the public with valid gondola pass.
Nestled along Gore Creek near the Betty Ford Alpine Garden and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village.
601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Curious Nature

Walking Mountains Science Center

Walking Mountains Science Center
Our mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.

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What are the Benefits of Vetch?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 27, 2022 8:00:00 AM
Is Vetch Fetch? Let's figure it out! Vetch sounds pretty cool, but do we even know what a vetch is? Vetches are a member of the pea family, scientifically known as Fabaceae. This family is the 3rd..
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Explore the Outdoors with Kids: A Nature Scavenger Hunt

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM
School is out and the days are getting longer. Summer is here and the season of playing outside is upon us! While events, play dates, and recreational opportunities are abundant this time of year,..
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Why are Cavity-Nesting Birds Facing a Housing Crisis?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 6, 2022 8:00:00 AM
Spring and early summer in Colorado's Rocky Mountains means that more feathery friends are looking for a partner and safe home to raise their young. Not all birds are built the same, and not all..
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Cliff Hangers: How do animals live on cliffs?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM
Rocky Mountain Cliffs Cliffs are prominent topographic features found around the world. From El Capitan in Yosemite to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, for generations humans have marveled the drastic..
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Why are Trails Closed in May?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 16, 2022 8:15:00 AM
Eagle County spring trail closures in effect May is here and somehow it is still mud season! We’ve been waiting for our favorite trails to melt out all spring, but why are so many trails still..
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The Practice and Utility of Phenology

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 9, 2022 8:30:00 AM
What is phenology? Phenology is the study of the changing seasons. We can observe the changes in plant growth, animal behavior, weather and water patterns- really anything that changes with the..
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The Ancient Bristlecone Pine

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Dec 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM
While the aspens and cottonwoods have lost their leaves in preparation for winter, Colorado’s slopes still thrive with an abundance of evergreen conifers. One pine stands out in a few isolated..
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Fishing for Meteors in the Backcountry

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Dec 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM
"Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, you enjoy nature...and sometimes you catch something.” - Bruce McClure, EarthSky.org The author’s mobile observatory at 11,000’ in the Eagle’s Nest..
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Christmas Murder, Mayhem, and Bird Counts

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Dec 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM
As the snow falls and the days get shorter, you might find yourself thinking about hot chocolate, candy canes, and mailing out your annual Christmas or New Year’s cards. The first known Christmas..
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Gratitude, Food, and Indigenous Genius

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Nov 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM
Thanksgiving has passed, which could mean a few things for you. I hope you had a joyous time full of family and friends, food, and the activities you enjoy. The completion of a holiday can be..
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Nature is a Mathematician!

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Nov 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM
A brief history to begin; many years ago we learned that Roman numerals were not the most efficient means of calculating and switched to the Arabic numerical order we use today. Once we had this new..
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How the Potato Took Root in Eagle County

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Nov 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM
Don’t take them for granite! A.A. Milne once said, “If a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”Described as the poor man’s staple, the humble potato has fueled the..
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Walking Mountains Blogs

Students to Stewards - Walking Mountains News, Hikes of the Week and events

Curious Nature - Learn about our wonderful environment

EVOM - El Rincón de EVOM (Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement)

Sustainability - Stay up to date with sustainability practices and new initiatives

Climate Action Collaborative - Follow the Collaborative's efforts to reduce carbon emissions in Eagle County 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 


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