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Avon’s Walking Mountains seeks award nominees

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Walking Mountains Science Center is accepting nominations for its 2011 Founder’s Stewardship Award. Inspired by the vision of Walking Mountains’ founder Kim Langmaid, this award seeks to honor a Vail Valley individual who embodies the organization’s mission: to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship.

Established in 2006, the Founder’s Stewardship Award is sponsored by Alpine Bank. Previous recipients of the award include environmentalist Caroline Bradford, educator Ted James, Minturn Middle School student Tucker Cocchiarella and Vail Mountain School student Holly Domke. Last year, the award was presented to Luke Cartin, Vail Resorts senior environmental affairs coordinator, for his work in supporting environmental initiatives at the resorts in our community and around the West.

Walking Mountains (formerly the Gore Range Natural Science School) will present the award at the organization’s annual Open That Bottle Night on Feb. 12. The charity event is being held for the first time at The Arrabelle at Vail Square. More than 200 guests are expected to celebrate the evening and enjoy camaraderie, friendship and wine tastings sponsored by Vail Resorts Echo.

Nomination forms for the Founder’s Stewardship Award can be found at http://www.walkingmountains.org. Please click on the “Open That Bottle Night” icon on the homepage to download the application. You may also contact selection committee chair, Alix Berglund, at alixbadenhausen@yahoo.com.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 21. Individuals are welcome to nominate themselves. To learn about sponsorships and to purchase tickets, contact Natalia Hanks at nataliah@walkingmountains.org or 970-827-9725, ext. 30, or visit http://www.walkingmountains.org.

Walking Mountains serves more than 3,500 students and 23,000 adults and families each year with natural science programs that take students into the outdoors to experience learning.

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