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Buck Creek brunch

Carolyn Pope
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Gore Range Natural Science School hosted a special brunch on the site where their campus will be built.

A couple of years ago, Oscar and Argie Tang donated a plot of land located on Buck Creek, just north of Avon, to the school. Along the way, many generous people who understand and believe in what the school is doing also wrote checks to ensure the school is built to serve the community.

Plans have been drawn up to create one of only a handful of “Platinum LEED Rated” buildings in the state. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages adoption of sustainable green building and development practices by implementing accepted tools and performance criteria.

Gore Range Natural Science School was founded in 1998 by longtime local Kim Langmaid with the goal of creating a community-based organization that would provide a relevant approach to teaching science to students of all ages. The school focuses on the ecology of the natural world, specifically here in the Vail Valley. The Science School has become a community leader in a regionwide effort to grow healthy communities by educating locals to make informed decisions about the natural environment.

“We know our mission is more relevant than ever,” said Executive Director Markian Feduschak, commenting on the development and growth occurring not only in our valley, but beyond.

Since its beginnings, the school has grown from serving 900 children to more than 2,000. More than 15,000 locals and visitors are touched by the school’s programs, which include in-school lessons, summer camps, adult educational programs, the Discovery Center on top of Vail Mountain, and the Vail Nature Center, to name a few.

Since its beginnings, the school has grown from serving 900 children to more than 2,000. More than 15,000 locals and visitors are touched by the school’s programs, which include in-school lessons, summer camps, adult educational programs, the Discovery Center on top of Vail Mountain, and the Vail Nature Center, to name a few.

The goal is to raise $9 million by fall 2009 to construct the five-building campus. They hope to break ground the following spring. The school is currently housed in offices above Loaded Joe’s in Eagle-Vail. The new campus will provide a secure environment for the school’s future and provide a centralized location for students to study nature and the local ecosystems.

For more information on Gore Range Natural Science School, visit their Web site at http://www.gorerange.org or call 970-827-9725.

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