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Walking Mountains free School’s Out Camp in February includes avalanche education

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Kids test the snowpack to determine the likelihood of an avalanche. Walking Mountains Science Center is putting on a free to teach kids about snow science.
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What: School’s Out Camp: Snow Science The Glide Project Education Program.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: Free, but reservations are required.

More information: Visit www.walkingmountains.org/snowscience to register.

AVON — It is that time of year when the snow starts flying and our minds shift to powder days and playing in our winter playground. Walking Mountains Science Center is partnering with Chris Anthony’s Youth Project Initiative through his The Glide Project Fund to provide a full day of snow science and avalanche awareness to fifth- through eighth-grade students during the Eagle County Schools’ winter break on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

During this day of outdoor exploration, students will dig snow pits, learn how to analyze layers in the snow and tour on snowshoes. In addition, avalanche experts from White Room Adventures will be on hand to teach students about avalanches and backcountry safety. The program’s goal is to increase avalanche awareness in Colorado’s backcountry for local youth. Students will go behind the scenes with Warren Miller Entertainment and learn about the planning and safety precautions that go into making these films.

Anthony has collaborated with local artist Carrie Fell, who produced an original painting of a backcountry ski image that has become the symbol of the Glide Project. The original artwork was auctioned off, along with a donation from singer-songwriter Michael Franti, to kick off The Glide Project Fund. The fund, which is part of the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project, will underwrite the February program, with the potential to underwrite future snow-science education programs.

Space is limited

Space is limited to 40 students and is already almost full. Be sure to register early to secure your child’s spot by visiting http://www.walkingmountains.org/snowscience.