Walking Mountains Science Center’s locations open daily June 13 | VailDaily.com

Walking Mountains Science Center’s locations open daily June 13

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Walking Mountains Science Center's summer programs have something for everyone, including adult hikes to destinations such as Missouri Lakes.
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EAGLE COUNTY — Walking Mountains Science Center is all about getting people outside in a variety of ways this summer, and on June 13, its three locations in Vail and Avon will be open daily for the season.

In addition to Walking Mountains’ educational science summer camps for kids, it also offers programs for adults, guided hikes and family programs all summer long. The entire summer programs calendar can be found at http://www.walkingmountains.org.

While the Science Center in Avon is open Mondays through Saturdays currently, it will be open daily, beginning June 13. The Vail Nature Center is open today and then daily, starting on Saturday. The Nature Discovery Center opens on June 13, when the Eagle Bahn Gondola opens in Vail for its regular summer operation.


Doubling as a museum and trailhead, the Walking Mountain Science Center in Avon is the headquarters for many summer programs. Week-long and daily youth camps convene at this location, as well as the Science Behind Series. A free nature walk takes place daily at 2 p.m., accompanied by a Walking Mountains naturalist.


This marks the third year of Walking Mountains operating the Vail Nature Center with support from the Vail Recreation District. The public can admire native wildflowers and meet the diverse bird population with free guided walks occurring daily. The Nature Center also hosts some evening events, including roasting s’mores. Adult backcountry hikes are operated by the Nature Center, in which locals and visitors alike can enjoy a full-day or family-friendly half-day quest with a trained naturalist.


Located at traditional Mongolian yurt perched at Eagles Nest atop the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Vail, the Discovery Center has interactive exhibits. Free daily nature hikes leave from this location twice a day, as well as free evening walks Thursdays through Saturdays. New this year, the center will join Vail’s Epic Discovery to offer daily interpretive nature talks along with a roaming ranger to answer questions.

In addition to the Science Center, Nature Center and Discovery Center, Walking Mountains’ staff can be found at campgrounds throughout Eagle County presenting fireside programs or guiding tours along Gore Creek during the farmers market.

To learn more about summer programs and to register online, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sp.

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