Founded in 1998 with their base in Avon, Colorado, Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. The center is a dynamic organization with a staff who is passionate about the mission of Walking Mountains and the impact it’s making in the community providing 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. Walking Mountains works with public and private schools in the Eagle Valley to provide hands-on, standards-based learning experiences. There is also a wide menu of exciting learning opportunities for adults and families to participate in.
Walking Mountains Science Center supports mountain resort communities in becoming globally recognized, certified-sustainable destinations. The Mountain IDEAL Destination Standard for mountain resort communities is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Walking Mountains Science Center worked with the Town of Vail and other key partners in helping the Town of Vail to become the first town to be certified under the Mountain IDEAL Destination Standard. The Town of Vail was also recognized as the Best of the Americans within the Best of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations by Green Destinations.