Nominations sought for stewardship award

AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center is currently accepting nominations for its 2013 Founder’s Stewardship Award. Inspired by the vision of Walking Mountains’ founder Kim Langmaid, this award seeks to honor a Vail Valley individual who truly embodies the organization’s mission — to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship.

Established in 2006, the Founder’s Stewardship Award is once again generously sponsored by Alpine Bank.

Previous recipients of the award include environmentalist Caroline Bradford, educator Ted James, Minturn Middle School student Tucker Cocchiarella, Vail Mountain School student Holly Domke, Vail Resorts senior environmental affairs coordinator Luke Cartin and Eagle County environmental policy planner Adam Palmer. Last year’s Founder’s Stewardship Award was given to Megan Gilman, president and co-founder of Active Energies, for her vital role in supporting environmental initiatives throughout our community.

Walking Mountains looks forward to presenting the Founder’s Stewardship Award to a worthy recipient at the organization’s new summer fundraising event, A Taste of Nature, being held at on the Science Center campus on Tuesday, July 9. About 250 guests are expected to celebrate the evening and enjoy camaraderie, friendship, delectable food prepared by Vail Resorts premier chefs and wine tastings sponsored by the Bronfman Family.

Walking Mountains serves almost 3,500 students and 30,000 adults and families each year with natural science programs that take students into the outdoors to experience learning. School programs have a measurable impact on students’ achievement in science while connecting them to nature.

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Nomination forms for the Founder’s Stewardship Award can be found at Visit the homepage and click on “Founder’s Stewardship Award nomination” on the right to download the form. You may also contact the selection committee chair, Alix Berglund, at

Nominations will be accepted until June 15. Individuals are welcome to nominate themselves, co-workers or fellow community members. To purchase tickets or for more information regarding A Taste of Nature, please contact Gina Garrett at 970-827-9725, ext. 130.

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