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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20 Great Adventures: Natural Boat Building

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jul 25, 2018 9:27:47 AM
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Natural-Boat-300x300Summer is in full swing and Coloradoans are flocking to lakes, streams and rivers. If you are one of these people, chances are you have sent leaves, sticks or bark floating downstream.  Next time, put your fascination for floating to good use and build boats out of your favorite natural materials!

Grab the kids and head to your favorite body of water to experiment with nature boats.  It may not be as easy as it seems – some things may float better than others, your boat may take on water or your ship may straight up sink!  Encourage your young nature sailors to learn from their mistakes and build better boats.

End your day with a regatta of floating sticks and leaves or just spend your afternoon splashing around.  Either way, get out, get wet and have fun enjoying the natural splendor we are so lucky to have right out of our back door.

For more inspiration on natural boat building go to https://mothernatured.com/nature-play/nature-boats-for-kids/ or https://makezine.com/2010/08/16/little-drifters-art-boats-made-from/ and get floating!

20 Great Adventures is a mini blog series by Walking Mountains Science Center’s Youth Programs staff to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary of providing natural science education to the Eagle Valley. 

20 Great Eagle County Adventures


By Shawna Wood

Topics: 20 Great Adventures

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