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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Walking Mountains is devoted to spreading science education throughout the valley. I have had several students come back from their programs with excitement and curiousity about science and nature. I have also attended their educational sessions for adults, and really appreciated the information and great atmosphere of learning.

Benjamin12

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience visiting Walking Mountains Science Center was amazing. The staff was friendly and I learned many things about the Colorado ecosystem that I did not know before.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Walking Mountains is a vibrant and inspiring non-profit making an awesome and meaningful impact on Eagle Valley. They have so many programs to offer for all ages, interests, and lifestyles! I really enjoyed their free to the public programs and nature walks and their naturalists were on top of their game. What a cool place to work and play!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Going through the Actively Green Certification process was not always easy but the staff at Walking Mountains Science Center were incredibly helpful and encouraging. My company would not have been able to achieve this milestone with out them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing staff! They are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Stopping by the Science Center, Discovery Center and Nature Center were the highlights of my trip.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BEAUTIFUL campus! Very knowledgeable staff. I highly recommend a visit here. They are an asset to our beautiful mountain town.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Walking Mountains offers many programs and camps that can help our community's environmental knowledge grow. Sustainability being the main focus, is the best part! At first I thought it was just for kids, but then I learned adults are welcome too! With so much to learn about the environment, we are very fortunate to have a place such as this. My favorite program offered, is Girls in Science. This is such an amazing course where girl's can really delve deeper into science, and be creative with it! When I saw how much fun the kids were having while learning, I thought to myself "wow, I wish I had something like this growing up." After talking with some of the "girls in science", I learned a few things too! I would recommend any program Walking Mountains has to offer. The best educational program in Vail Valley by far. Two thumbs up!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great programs, wonderful campus, and top notch employee's. Walking Mountains works wonders for the Vail Valley. When you think of Vail, and our environment, Walking Mountains is the perfect organization for education and info. Just an all around asset to our valley!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a fantastic facility! Our company loves holding our retreats in the beautiful setting of Walking Mountains Science Center. Walking Mountains serves the community with the highest level of professionalism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A "must-stop" for any family visiting the Vail Valley. Truly an incredible asset that offers an incredible education center, knowledgeable staff, and wonderful nature trails. All of these factors combine to create the perfect balance of education, fitness and fun.