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

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Preschool & Early Childhood Programs at Walking Mountains

Posted by Walking Mountains on Jul 26, 2013 3:07:48 PM
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EarthKeepers at Walking MountainsEarthKeepers is a preschool program hosted by Walking Mountain Science Center. The program is catered towards young science lovers ages 3-5. Children have the opportunity to meet Mondays and Fridays from 10:00-noon at the Avon Buck Creek Campus in the Eagle Valley. 

Today a group of energetic cuties learned from Walking Mountains Naturalist, Michelle, who was eager to teach the children about aquatic insects. Kids started out the day by introducing themselves to one another and adding what they love to do in the water. Answers ranged from swimming and fishing to splashing and watering flowers. They continued by playing charades with all water living creatures such as frogs and beavers. Then, they crafted beautiful dragonflies with extravagant wings and googly eyes. After all the indoor fun, kiddos and their guardians adventured outside on the Walking Mountain Science Center campus where Michelle collected bugs from a stream. The Earthkeepers gently caught individual insects from Michelle’s collection with paintbrushes and separated them into ice trays for further viewing and identification. Once they were finished examining the aquatic insects, they returned the bugs safely back into their natural habitat.

Following their fun with live bugs, the children went inside for a snack and a story called “Eliza and the Dragonfly.” Afterwards, they colored the lifecycle of a dragonfly and pretended to go through the lifecycle themselves. They curled into balls on the floor, pretending to be eggs that hatched into nymphs (their new favorite word), and then morphing into fluttering dragonflies.  Everyone enjoyed this action-packed two hours and the little ones can’t wait to come back to Walking Mountain Science Center for another adventure.  Monday, the Earthkeepers’ theme is “Claws and Paws” where kids will become animal detectives.

Nature Tykes at Walking MountainsIf your adventurer likes to have fun while learning about science and the outdoors bring them to the Walking Mountain Science Center. Be sure to bring water and a snack and be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 and $5 for each additional child.  There is also a program for children aged 6 mos to 2 years, Nature Tykes, that runs every Thursday from 1-1:45pm.

For more information visit www.walkingmountains.org or call 970-827-9725.  Or visit our community programs brochure online.


Topics: Earth Keepers, School Programs

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