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

Walking Mountains Blog

Staff Spotlight: Tessa Allen

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Feb 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM
Walking Mountains Science Center

Meet our staff! Walking Mountains staff is full of brilliant, interesting and funny individuals. We want the community that might not have a chance to work with them or participate in their program to get to know our staff. Trust us-- our staff makes all the difference! Join us Fridays for a new blog post. Click the tag at the bottom for more spotlights!


Staff Spotlight: Tess Allen
What is your position at Walking Mountains? What is your primary responsibility?
As the Development Coordinator, I manage the donor database and provide support for our fundraising efforts, including Colorado Gives Day and our annual gala, A Taste of Nature.


How long have you been at Walking Mountains?
I started in August 2017


How long have you lived in Eagle County? Where did you live before?
I am an Eagle County native. I've also lived in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Spain. I moved back to this area in 2015.


What inspires you, in regards to your job?
This David Attenborough quote sums up my motivation to spread our mission of sustainability and science education. "No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced." 


Do you have a favorite program or event that WMSC hosts? Why do you enjoy that program?
Don't make me pick a favorite! I grew up attending our field science programs which helped me gain an appreciation for this beautiful place we are so lucky to call home. I've been so inspired by our zero waste events and love that we are educating others how to divert waste from the landfill. I also love attending the Sustainable Film Series as well as our High Country Speaker Series.


Where else in the community do you work or volunteer? 
I've worn many different hats at Colorado Mountain College since 2015 including tutor and teacher assistant. I've been a mentor for local youth through SOS Outreach since 2015, and I participated in the Family Leadership Training Institute of Eagle County in 2018. I also volunteer with The Literacy Project and facilitate a bilingual conversation group called Intercambio. 


What is your favorite way to spend time in the outdoors?
I like to ski, snowshoe, hike, camp, fish, and enjoy the sunset! 


What is your favorite food?
Fruit! And ice cream.


What is your favorite animal?
I love seeing our local elk herds in the winter!


What is your favorite science or nature fact?  
Aspen trees are fascinating. The bark can photosynthesize and has medicinal properties. They are connected through their root system. New trees in a grove can be thought of as clones of the original tree, so the whole grove is considered one single organism. 


Fun/interesting fact about yourself?
I play piano and enjoy collaborating with other musicians.

View Tessa's Staff Page: HERE
Learn more about The Sustainable Film Series: HERE

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