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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The Science Behind Gardening With What You Have

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 4, 2018 10:09:28 AM
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The Science Behind Backyard GardeningHave you ever wondered how something works or how something was made? In the monthly Science Behind series, we partner with a guest presenter to explore a large variety of interesting topics. The Science Behind series offers opportunities for adults to apply new knowledge and skills to everyday life, while having fun! 

** This Science Behind event took place in May, 2018 **


The Science Behind Backyard Gardening With What You Have

In the 1920’s head lettuce was the crop of choice in Avon and neighboring Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch. It was called “Green Gold” due to its ability to provide prolific fresh lettuce weeks after the nation’s standard lettuce harvest was gone.  The valley’s climate is perfect for leafy greens like head lettuce, but what other crops grow bountifully in Eagle County?

Join Walking Mountains Science Center and Patricia Esperon from Bare Roots, a Project of the Vail Valley Salvation Army, on Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 pm to learn the basics of gardening in Eagle County.  This free two-hour program is intended to be an introduction to gardening including seed and plant choices for Eagle County, soil amending, and plant care.

Upcoming Science Behind Schedule

The majority of the program will be an interactive workshop demonstrating how to make productive pallet gardens. Each participant will plant a pot of potatoes that they can take home with them. This program will end with a discussion about beneficial insects and animals which will include live worms, ladybugs, and garter snakes.

Patricia Esperon is an Eagle County Master Gardener. She holds her bachelor's degree in psychology and is currently in the process of earning her master's degree in counseling. She is also working towards her certificate in horticultural therapy to be a Registered Horticultural Therapist. She will counsel individuals in a garden or greenhouse setting when she has completed her degree. Additionally, she enjoys teaching gardening and nutrition which she will continue to do as well. She is employed by Bare Roots, a Project of the Vail Valley Salvation Army as the Greenhouse and Garden Project Manager.

Patricia lives in Eagle County with her family where she enjoys engaging in outdoor athletic activities when she is not immersed in gardening.

What: The Science Behind Gardening with What You Have
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon
Cost: FREE | Suggested $5 Donation | Registration Required

Space is limited, please visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb to register!

Topics: The Science Behind Series

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