Tips for a sustainable Vail Valley from Walking Mountains Science Center |

Tips for a sustainable Vail Valley from Walking Mountains Science Center

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Vail, Sustainability, Walking Mountains

Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. Visit to learn more about how to properly dispose of waste in Eagle County. Walking Mountains is a member of the Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community.

Download the Eagle County Waste Wizard app, an interactive database of what to recycle and where.

Trail closures & trail etiquette

Did you know that the state of Colorado has the largest elk population in the world? However, today’s elk population from Vail Pass to Glenwood Canyon has decreased 50 percent since 2007, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

This is the time of year that our local elk population, as well as other local ungulates, breed and calve. Because it is critical to the health and survival of new ungulate calves to be in a peaceful state, many of our local trails remain closed to protect these new members of our community. See our three tips below to make sure you are informed about trail closures and proper trail etiquette.

Here’s three tips to prevail on the trail during the shoulder season.

Sustainable shopping

The amount of plastic film and wrap produced annually could shrink-wrap the state of Texas, according to Rubicon Global, a waste management and recycling company. Much of this is packaging from products we order and buy. Here’s three tips and what you can do.

Uses of compost

You can reap the benefits of adding compost to your soil. According to the EPA, by using compost at home you can improve plant health, increase water retention and help remove harmful substances from the soil and prevent them from entering local waterways. Do your part to help recreate our Earth’s natural cycle. Here’s three ways to use compost at home.

Get cleaner air inside

Did you know that, according to the EPA, the air indoors is typically two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? This is often due to the cleaning products we use indoors and their effects on both our local environment and health. Here’s three tips for cleaner air inside.

Think sustainably during holidays

According to Northern Colorado Disposal, Americans toss out enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times. During holiday picnics, gatherings and barbecues, here’s three tips for a sustainable holiday event.

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