At Gore Range, environment comes first |

At Gore Range, environment comes first

The Gore Range Natural Science school leads expeditions like this one that teach students about the valley and its natural surroundings.

Organization name: Gore Range Natural Science School

Executive Director: Markian Feduschak

Location: 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Suite 202, Avon

Phone number: 970-827-9725

Web address:

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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Years in business: 10

From very modest beginnings, the Gore Range Natural Science School has grown into an effective, sustainable organization with proven leadership and an experienced staff. We have a governing board of active community members with a broad range of relevant experience, and long-standing programming partnerships with the Eagle County School District, Vail Resorts, Vail Recreation District, Eagle County Library District and the U.S. Forest Service, among others, that leverage its own resources and help it reach a wide audience.

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work:

To awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship through natural science education. Vail native Kim Langmaid founded Gore Range Natural Science School in 1998 as a means to provide high-quality natural science education to local and visiting youth and adults in our rapidly growing mountain community. After a decade in service to the community, the Science School is the Vail Valley’s only organization focusing programs and resources on raising environmental awareness among residents and visitors through place-based natural science education. We offer a wide range of programs throughout the year to youth and adults. From partial-day outings to multi-day learning experiences, our programs annually connect more than 20,000 youth and adults with the natural world. We do not tell people what to think, rather we strive to give them the tools and information they need to think for themselves and make environmentally responsible decisions.

Where does your funding come from?

Twenty percent comes from programs and 80 percent from fundraising ” the school has hundreds of loyal annual donors. The school’s annual operating budget is more than $800,000 and is conservatively managed.

How many staff members work for you?

Ten full-time staff members, six graduate fellows and five winter naturalists

Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

We are in the public phase of our Capital Campaign for our new Environmental Learning Center at the Buck Creek Campus. Celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2008, Gore Range Natural Science School has seen a tremendous boost in raising awareness of our organization. The Science School is building a culture of appreciation, respect, understanding and care for that which sustains our communities and daily lives. Every year for the past decade, this sphere of influence has grown. Last year alone (fiscal year 2007), we served more than 20,000 residents and visitors ” a 20 percent increase from the previous year. It’s clear that our mission and programs resonate with the community. The sustainability of any organization has as much to do with fundraising success as it does with leadership, management and vision. In the last year, our board and staff dedicated tremendous time to an organizational alignment process that resulted in a revised mission statement and a renewed sense of commitment to our work. The Science School’s highly skilled staff continues to develop new programs that serve an expanding population base and their commitment to professional development ensures that we remain on the cutting edge of environmental education, fundraising and leadership expertise.

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