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Walking Mountains Science Center offers mid-week February camps for kids

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AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center will be offering two days of School's Out Camp to provide engaging learning opportunities for children coupled with outdoor adventure and fun. These camps are designed to keep children entertained and engaged during Eagle County Schools' mid-winter break.

The cost for each camp is $35, with scholarships available for those who qualify. Contact Rachel Zacher at rachelz@walkingmountains.org or 970-827-9725, ext. 117, for more information on scholarships.

School's Out: Snow Science Camp

On Wednesday, students in fifth- through eighth-grades can participate in Schools' Out: Snow Science Camp at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon. During this day of outdoor exploration, students will dig snow pits, learn how to analyze layers in the snow and have fun on snowshoes.

In addition, avalanche experts from White Room Adventures will be on hand to teach students about avalanches and backcountry safety. The program's goal is to increase avalanche awareness in Colorado's backcountry for local youth while they investigate the science behind the changing snowpack.

School's Out: STEM Staying Alive Camp

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On Thursday, Walking Mountains is partnering with Vail Valley Medical Center to offer School's Out: STEM Staying Alive camp for students in sixth- through eighth-grades. Go behind the scenes of the VVMC Gypsum Urgent Care Facility to explore the technology and tools that medical professionals use as they work to save lives.

Students will get hands on as they explore X-rays, learn how to take vital signs and monitor patient progress, discover the process of splinting and casting injuries and discuss what to do if they get hurt in the backcountry.

Students will then head to Colorado Mountain Medical to check out a virtual dissection table. The day will wrap up at Walking Mountains, as students explore connections between STEM and winter survival skills. Vail Valley Medical Center is providing students with lunch from Heidi's Deli.

If you go …

What: School’s Out: Snow Science Camp.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.

What: School’s Out: STEM Staying Alive Camp.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: $35 per student, per camp, scholarships available

More information: Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/fun to register.