Family fun nights start tonight at Vail Nature Center |

Family fun nights start tonight at Vail Nature Center

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Vail Nature Center’s family fun nights take place every Wednesday in July and the first week of August from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Vail, Colorado

The series is designed to introduce kids to various nature topics. The schedule is:

• Tonight (July 1): Beekeeper from Mesa Honey Farm, of Montrose, Colo., will bring bees and show they create honey and pollinate the local flora.

• July 8: Raptor Education Foundation of Denver will bring live birds of prey to Vail and talk about their important

• July 15: Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion will share exotic insects from all around the world – some you can touch.

• July 22 : What makes our streams, rivers and lakes amazing presented by the Leadville Fish Hatchery.

• July 29: Learn about Native American history, dress and culture from a Ute and an Oglala Sioux.

• Aug. 5: Learn about mining from a genuine Colorado mountain miner.

All ages are welcome and costs are $5 for children under 12, $10 for adults or $30 for a family of five, including extended family members.

Family Fun Night program is a great opportunity for parents and their children to learn different aspects about Vail’s history and its local surroundings, Nature Center Director Tom Gaylord says.

The Nature Center is operated by the Vail Recreation District and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day Weekend. It is located adjacent to Ford Park and across the street from the soccer fields.

In addition to Family Fun Nights, the Nature Center offers programs in art and photography, plant and animal exhibits, wildflower and morning bird walks, evening beaver pond tours, a summer speaker series, full- and half-day hikes, fly fishing and stream ecology classes and campfire story telling with stargazing.

For more information, visit or call the Nature Center at 970-479-2291.

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