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Vail Valley Partnership honors Walking Mountains’ Beth Markham

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AVON — Beth Markham, a long-time employee of Walking Mountains Science Center, was recently honored as the Vail Valley Partnership's 2016 Young Professional of the Year.

Markham has grown up professionally with the organization over the past 10 years, starting as an educator. She's now youth program director at Walking Mountains. Her department reaches more than 4,900 Eagle County youth each year through school programs and summer science camps.

"A dedicated, empowered and productive team is the product of great leadership," Walking Mountains Science Center founder Kim Langmaid said. "All of us at Walking Mountains have enjoyed and been inspired by watching her grow. Her relentlessly curious, positive and genuine passion for the organization and its mission has allowed invaluable growth in Walking Mountains' reach, quality of service and identity."

School program participation has grown by 80 percent in the past six years. Markham helped complete a memorandum of understanding with Eagle County Schools to commit Walking Mountains to serving every kindergarten through eighth-grade student once a year. This partnership ensures all students receive hands-on, outdoor experiences to complement classroom science content and provides opportunities to develop personal connections to nature.

"Beth's passion for hands-on natural science education motivated her to work creatively with schools to ensure every student has equal access to our unique school field science programs," Walking Mountains Science Center President Markian Feduschak said. "She has helped Walking Mountains not only achieve internal goals but become a valuable hub of education for Eagle County. From all of us at Walking Mountains, we thank Beth for everything she has done and congratulate her on this well-deserved award."

This is the third consecutive year Walking Mountains has been recognized by the Vail Valley Partnership during the annual Success Awards. Walking Mountains was named Nonprofit of the Year in 2014 and Best Place to Work for 2015.

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