Walking Mountains Science Center

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Walking Mountains Science Center

Walking Mountains Science Center
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We provide locals and visitors from pre-k to gray 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 invite you to come explore your curious nature with us!
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1-2 hours
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dbuhl2018
11 contributions
Nice family friendly place
Sep 2021
We went to walk the small nature trail and take in some sites. We missed the guided tour, but were easily able to guide ourselves down the well marked trails. There is an easy trail and several other more difficult trails if you really want a workout. The staff was super friendly and informative.
Written October 3, 2021
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Theresa
1 contribution
Night hike at the Vail nature Center
Sep 2021 • Couples
Katie W was awesome. Told us some Native American stories about the creation of the constellations. We used to sky chart for the first time. And actually saw part of the Milky Way. Beautiful night. Bring a jacket or a blanket if you want to lie down and look up at the sky.
Written September 9, 2021
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Jackie C
8 contributions
Back yard Treasures
Jul 2021
I've participated in four backyard back country hikes so far this summer (2021), with a few more coming in the fall. I've lived in the valley for 10 years and have learned more through WMSC outings about the abundant life around us here than on any other guided hikes.
Lindsey had only been in the valley a week before leading a wildflower identification hike, and her comprehensive knowledge of this area was stunning. So was her manner of teaching and conveying simple identification techniques. She didn't try to overwhelm us with too much information and likewise she didn't make the information superficial.
Nathan's appreciation of wild places and the small biological inhabitants is infectious. He conveys enough information to inspire you to explore more.
Written August 27, 2021
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Ddan7777
Raleigh, NC502 contributions
Neils did great job with our group, interesting & beautiful natural environment
Jul 2021
We did a (free) guided nature walk on a Sunday morning in July from the Vail Farmers Market (we started from the booth of the Walking Mountains Science Center) to the Vail Nature Center. We were very excited as we had a 5-year-old in our group and wanted to show him the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The tour was oriented towards children.

We were not disappointed. Our guide, Neils, did a great job. We walked through Vail Village and saw some of the (crowded) local sights, including the statue of the soldier from the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale. We then walked outside of town to the Vail Nature Center, which was, fortunately, much less crowded. This is a hike of about 1 hour, though I think we took longer because of the toddler.

We had a nice conversation with Neils as we walked. He was open to questions and provided lots of information. We enjoyed learning about the wildflowers, the streams, and some of the local Vail culture. There is a lot of pressure on the local environment due to the number of people in the Vail area, and we were interested to hear about all of the environmental issues. I would highly recommend this activity for anyone interested in nature and, next time we are in Vail, will try to do this walk again.
Written July 29, 2021
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Glen M
SPRING, United States2 contributions
Great Experience @ Walking Mountains Science Center
Jul 2021
We took a free tour led by Katie. She was very knowledgeable about the local plants despite being in the area for a relatively short time. The tour took about an hour and included both children and adults. It was educational for both adults and children. The Science Center is worth your time and is very educational regarding earth history, the environment and the interconnected nature of our natural world.
Written July 26, 2021
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MJ G
3 contributions
Fabulous Hike with Musicians
Jul 2021
We went to the evening hike with the Runaway Grooms for a Science & Music event that was fabulous. Nathan the group leader was amazing thoughtful about the symbiotic relationship between listening to nature to produce music. The Runaway Grooms made three movements of music impromptu based on what they heard in nature. That was amazing & beautiful to listen to while resting on the hike. I highly recommend this event if it is offered again.

The Runaway Grooms are a group of guitars, piano & drum that were carried on the hike in the rain. Then at the top they gave a 45 min. concert of their music while we ate our picnic dinner. Amazing to be on the top of a mountain listening to quality music watching the sunset.
Written July 6, 2021
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Hadley
Heidelberg, Germany275 contributions
Nice trails, a few exhibits and friendly staff
May 2021
This FREE little community resource offers two very easy hiking loops and also a longer and steep trail up to the ridge, as well as a few signs along the loops and some nice little exhibits and clean restrooms in the buiilding and picnic tables outside but in the shade. The staff member was super nice...this is a good place to stop for an hour or so.
Written June 16, 2021
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JC B
Valparaiso, FL15 contributions
First Guided Hike
Sep 2020
Pika project HalfMoon pass trail, with Megan and Nathan. This was a wonderful learning experience about Pikas (russet potatoe). Nathan was guide from Walking Mountain and Megan was the Pika expert from Rocky Mountain Wild, they were both wonderful narrators.
Written September 14, 2020
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We are glad you had a great experience! Thank you for joining us and we will let Megan and Nathan both know that you enjoyed your hike.
Written September 15, 2020
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sherrie g
2 contributions
Nature awakens
Aug 2020 • Solo
Being out in nature with excellent guides and teachers!! Discovering! Learning! Awakening my sense of wonder and exploration!
Written September 8, 2020
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Debby3388
Crofton, NE2 contributions
Great nature hike
Aug 2020 • Solo
After seeing an ad in the Vail Daily, I signed up for a Walking Mountains free hike. I have since participated in two more and each one has been a delight. There are no trails into the mountains without at least a moderate increase in elevation but our guide was patient when needed and the pace was acceptable for me in my later 60’s. I discovered new trails, met many interesting people - both local and tourists, and greatly appreciated our guide who taught us so much about the science behind the beautiful nature that surrounds us.
Written August 19, 2020
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Thank you, Debby! We are glad you enjoyed your hike and we look forward to seeing you again!
Written August 20, 2020
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