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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Camping with Kids 101

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jul 12, 2021 8:30:00 AM
Here in Colorado we have beautiful terrain and outdoor activities providing unique and exciting experiences.  We like to share those experiences with everyone, including our kids. Bringing kids..
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They’re Pretty, Why Worry?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jul 5, 2021 8:30:00 AM
If you’re a hiker, you’re likely to come across some lovely wildflowers on one of your Eagle County hikes. You might find some delicate yellow and white toadflax or beautiful red-purple Musk..
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What is Wilderness?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 28, 2021 8:30:00 AM
Here in Eagle County we are fortunate to have the White River National Forest as our backyard. Certain special areas in our National Forest are designated and managed as Wilderness Areas, but what..
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Eagle County Snakes

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 21, 2021 8:30:00 AM
Imagine walking down a trail with tall grass along both sides. Out of the corner of your eye you spot movement. It’s as if some of the grass is moving in a different pattern from its surroundings...
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Pika & Climate

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM
I’m at almost 11,500 feet, hiking to our research sites in the Front Range when I hear chirping and turn to see a small mammal scurrying across the rocks. The large, rounded ears are a dead..
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What Makes Warblers So Cool Anyway?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 7, 2021 8:30:00 AM
For the sake of transparency, let’s get a few things straight. First, excepting an anomalous summer circa 1997, I am not a birder. Much to what I imagine would be the great disappointment of my..
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The Rascally Raccoon - Live Fast, Eat Trash

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 31, 2021 8:15:00 AM
Raccoons are versatile mammals that eat just about anything and live just about anywhere. They are bold and rather curious, so it’s no surprise they don't have an issue raiding your trash can or..
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Pasque Flowers are Back for Spring!

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 24, 2021 8:15:00 AM
Greek mythology has given us the Anemoi, whose English translation means “wind.” The Greek Anemoi are four wind gods who each represent a cardinal direction. Each has been associated with various..
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The Willow Trees: Nature’s Original Superfood

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM
A classic story of early western exploration begins in a thicket of willows. A band of explorers surprise an angry grizzly bear and an epic battle ensues. Although details of this story change..
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Amazing Alders: One of Eagle County’s lesser-known trees

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 10, 2021 9:14:06 AM
Stands of aspen fluttering in the wind and thick conifer trees create breathtaking views for all to enjoy. Although many visitors may easily recognize these charismatic trees, many other trees..
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Top Dogs of Colorado

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 3, 2021 8:15:00 AM
Colorado is home to several species of canines. Foxes, coyotes and wolves are all members of the dog, or canine family. Coyotes and foxes are Colorado’s most common resident canines while gray..
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Reintroduction of the Lynx in Colorado 20 Years Later

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Apr 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM
How was the Colorado lynx reintroduction different than the 2020 ballot measure to reintroduce wolves? All the photos in this Curious Nature article were taken in the spring of 2005 at the last..
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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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