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Learning never hibernates with winter programs at Walking Mountains

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AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center's goal for the colder months ahead is to keep curiosity alive, even while much of the natural world settles in for a long winter's nap. The center's winter programs calendar is full of hands-on science programming for kids, families and adults at two locations: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon and the Nature Discovery Center on top of Vail Mountain.

Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon

Just because there aren't any wildflowers blooming or creeks to dip your feet in, doesn't mean the trails behind the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon aren't worth exploring. Free Winter Nature Walks take place Mondays through Saturdays, and Walking Mountains supplies snowshoes, when needed.

For those interested in a more challenging and immersive snowshoe experience, join a certified interpretive guide for Backcountry Snowshoe Hikes every Tuesday and Thursday for half-day excursions on various trails throughout the Eagle Valley. Kids can enjoy the winter fun, as well, with the pre-kindergarten EarthKeepers program, continuing through the spring, and family programs such as the Birdhouse Building Workshop.

The monthly Science Behind Series will keep participants engaged and warm during the evenings, with winter topics such as avalanches, high-altitude guiding as well as barbecue and smoking with Moe's Original BBQ.

Nature Discovery Center, Vail

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Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain, the Nature Discovery Center is now open daily. Learn more about the slopes down which winter enthusiasts ski and board by joining the Nature Discovery Center team on a free, guided snowshoe tour, offered daily. Get a different perspective on the Rocky Mountains and venture out at dark with the Guided Vail Mountain Evening Hikes, free every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

In addition to programs being offered at the above locations, Walking Mountains also hosts events at partner locations throughout Eagle County, such as its Sustainable Film Series at Loaded Joe's in Avon and Dusty Boot Roadhouse in Eagle, the 15th annual High Country Speaker Series at various locations, Ski with a Ranger at Beaver Creek and Ski with Smokey at Vail.

Walking Mountains Science Center's mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. To learn more about winter programs and to register online, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/fun or call 970-827-9725.

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Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/fun for the full lineup of winter programs and to register for individual events.