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Walking Mountains earns Nonprofit of the Year award

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Jill Lammers, far left, and Chris Romer, far right, of the Vail Valley Partnership present the Nonprofit of the Year Award to Walking Mountains' Nikki Maline, Kim Langmaid, Melissa Kirr, Gina Garrett, Markian Feduschak, John-Ryan Lockman, Scott Robinson and Patty White at the 12th annual Success Awards on May 15.
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AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership recently named Walking Mountains Science Center the 2014 Nonprofit of the Year at its 12th annual Success Awards held at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion on May 15. The local community nominates nonprofits and the winners are chosen by a committee made up of last year’s winners.

“We’re honored to be chosen as the 2014 Nonprofit of the Year, especially with the high-caliber nonprofits that were nominated (Colorado Mountain College, Bright Future Foundation),” said Markian Feduschak, president of Walking Mountains Science Center. “We are fortunate to be fulfilling such an important mission in our community, and our dynamic staff make our mission possible. This award is a testament to the exceptional staff, volunteers and board members on our team.”

EXPANDING REACH

Walking Mountains continues to expand programing, most recently with a memorandum of understanding with Eagle County Schools, the addition of the nonprofit Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, along with taking on the management of the Vail Nature Center. These additions allow Walking Mountains to provide more hands-on science programs, energy conservation programs, zero waste event services, business sustainability certifications along with a third location to run outdoor natural science education, to name a few.

“We are always looking for ways to expand the reach of our mission, and the (memorandum of understanding) with Eagle County Schools, bringing all the programs of (Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability) and the Vail Nature Center under our umbrella just made sense,” Feduschak said. “We’re pleased that our peers and community have recognized all our hard work over the past year.”

MORE INFORMATION

Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org or call 970-827-9725 for more information.