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Natural Science School has an ‘Ed-Venture’

Photos Special to the Daily by Evan Ladouceur

AVON – Each season, the Gore Range Natural Science School hosts a special day for its patrons. The series is called the “Ed-Venture” program. A couple of weeks ago, Sunny and Phil Brodsky hosted the annual Ed-Venture snowshoe at their home in Mountain Star.”Ed-Venture helps support environmental projects and education in the valley,” said Joe McHugh, treasurer of the school’s board of directors. “And the events are a lot of fun.”

A group of nearly 50 people joined science school educators on a snowshoe hike through the groomed trails of Mountain Star where they learned about animal adaptations in winter, and snow ecology. Then they had a bountiful buffet at the Brodsky home.”From experiencing the sandhill cranes in the fall in the San Juan Valley to bugling for elk, each event also includes something like a brunch or wine tasting,” McHugh said. “We’ve met a ton of people through (the school) and particularly Ed-Venture Programs.”Ed-Venture members, who live throughout Colorado and the U.S., are the backbone of Gore Range Natural Science School. They collectively donate over $300,000 each year to support the school’s programs. Members support the goal of the science school, which is to connect people of all ages to the natural world through outstanding educational programming.

Members are invited to participate in a series of outdoor events designed specifically to appeal to the interest of the science school ‘s most generous donors. Highlights from previous events include an exploration of edible and medicinal plants followed by a botanical feast at the Lake Creek ranch of Bud and Betsy Knapp; “First Tracks” skiing and brunch at Vail; and a Crane Invitational at the Medano-Zepata Ranch in Colorado ‘s San Luis Valley. Ed-Venture members also receive exclusive invitations to special programs, such as dinner seminars featuring prominent experts on various scientific topics.

To become an Ed-Venture member, visit the Gore Range Natural Science School’s Web site:, or call Natalia Hanks at 827-9725, ext. 11.

Battle Mountain High School’s Project Graduation’s favorite fundraiser is coming up. Their celebrity-server dinners are on the calendar, so gather your friends and put down the following dates: April 5 at Balata, April 12 at the Beaver Creek Chophouse, and April 18 at the Saloon in Minturn. I’ll be slinging hash – pardon me, T-bones – at the Chophouse, so I expect to see as many of you there to demand I refill your water glass, wipe your table, and keep your cocktail full. Bring lots of cash for tips. For more information, call Muffy Brooks at 926-3890 or Kathy Thomason at 926-3766.

Also, the Uptown Boutique in Eagle is donating 5 percent of all sales until Friday to the Distinguished Teacher Award. Ladies, time to shop. Make sure you mention the award when you’re there. Call 337-2442 for more info.

“Well, her husband had to get her a full spa treatment to get out of Chateau Woof Woof!”Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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