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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: To awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship through natural science and sustainability education.

Results: Our new 5-acre campus, certified in February 2013 for Platinum LEED certification, opened in August 2011. During the 2013-2014school year, we provided 77 field study programs to 3,426 students from 20 Eagle County public and private schools. We have several thousand drop-in visitors each year who participate in our science education programming for adults and families. 2013 summer science camps served 467 children this year, and $10,000 in financial assistance was awarded to families whose children could not have participated without it.

Target demographics: The 5,800 K-12 Eagle County, CO students, 55% of whom are low income and/or Hispanic. Our programs serve both residents and visitors to this mountain resort area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 29,000

Geographic areas served: Eagle County, CO

Programs: School Field Studies Programs, Summer Science Camps, After School Science Programs, Sustainability and Stewardship Programs

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Can't tell how much I love Walking Mountains for both adults and children. Wonderful place to spend time!

Jason113

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm the Superintendent of Eagle County Schools and I just can't say enough about the quality educational experiences Walking Mountains brings to thousands of our kids. Their facilities and staff are absolutely amazing but what puts this organization over the top in terms of quality is their commitment to real science education and creating hands-on learning opportunities for kids. It is amazing what they are doing for our community's children and their future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Walking Mountains Science School's Earth Keepers Program is one of the most educational programs for Pre-k children at an affordable fee. Amazing program due to knowledgable and caring staff. Being able to explore the beautiful campus during each EK session, only adds to our littles outdoor appreciation.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Not only is Walking Mountains a fantastic organization to work for with clear goals, ingenuity and passion, it is an exceptional community center. Their commitment to teaching real science to all members of the community is commendable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Walking mountain science center is a wonderful green building. The organization
educates youth and adults about ways to help our environment by making experiences available that are enjoyable and informative. We have visited the center when vacationing in the area and have found the visit worthwhile..
Tom and Pat

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We live in Avon. My family love Walking Mountains Science Center. The staff are so knowledgeable and willing to answer all our questions. I love the way they engage with the kids. We went to Vail where there 'a a science but there and didn't realize that it was part of the Walking Mountains. The gals there talked to us about the trails and the different locations and what to look for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent staff and programming. Great partnership with ECSD. So grateful to have this resource in our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher who has been on several Walking Mountains field trips. Last year's winter trip was incredible. The facilities are beautiful; inside and out, the teachers are wonderfully patient and knowledgeable, and the learning was exactly what we needed from the science center. Not only did our Fifth graders learn the Science content, teachers and students learned a great deal about each other. Students were coaching each other when the trail got really tough and played great learn-about-each-other type games at the top of a ridge overlooking Beaver Creek mountain. What a great resource Walking Mountains is for our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WMSC Is an amazing educational non-profit that provides supplemental programs for our school curriculum and an amazing opportunity for our students to experience outdoor education to the fullest! They have a well-trained and knowledgeable staff base who help to inspire learning and exploration in the students they teach.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Walking Mountaibs since I was a little kid, and non of its greatness has faded. The inspiration and opportunity it provides for everyone in the valley is amazing.