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Walking Mountains Science Center celebrates five years in Avon

Walking Mountains Science Center has tripled its outreach since moving to its location in Avon five years ago.
John-Ryan Lockman | Special to the Daily |

AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center is celebrating its five-year anniversary this month of the Science Center’s grand opening in Avon.

Since the LEED Platinum Certified facility opened, the variety and quantity of natural science programs has increased. In 2010, the year before the Avon campus opened, Walking Mountains served more than 26,000 people. After five years, Walking Mountains nearly tripled that number to more than 82,000 people served.

The nonprofit began in 1998 and was originally headquartered out of the Red Cliff school. Since then, the organization has evolved to provide locals and tourists of all ages with opportunities to explore nature, gain a scientific understanding and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs.

“We always had the idea that if we build it, they will come,” said founder and vice president Kim Langmaid. “I’m overwhelmed to see our lofty goals coming to fruition and can’t wait to see what the next five years bring us.”

‘Reaching New Heights’

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The campus in Avon is not only the first location built specifically for Walking Mountains, but it gave the organization a more central location in the Eagle Valley to reach more people. In 2002, the Tang family donated the 5 acres of land the campus currently sits on.

“Establishing a campus of our own allowed us to take ownership of our mission to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education within the Eagle Valley community,” said Markian Feduschak, president of Walking Mountains. “With a home of our own, we have been able to reach new heights.”

For more information, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org or call 970-827-9725.

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