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The Vail Nature Center is closed for the 2015/16 winter season.
Please check back in spring 2016 for next summer’s hours!

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Groups and special events can arrange for tours, by calling 970-479-2291.

The Vail Nature Center is now operated by the Walking Mountains Science Center.

A farmhouse perched between a montane meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek houses the Vail Nature Center. This seven-acre facility in the heart of Vail is a tranquil gem whose knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond tours and backcountry hikes. Camp Eco Fun is heaven for children. Classes covering special topics such as nature art, photography and fly fishing are available. They even offer stargazing after dark or an opportunity to meet Colorado's amazing raptors. The Nature Center is open seven days per week Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.


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The Nature Center can host a variety of groups from school-age children to senior citizens. Costs vary and programs are tailored to fit the group's needs. Call for details: 970-479-2291



Each summer the Nature Center seeks volunteers to assist with facilitation of programs. Volunteers are desired for maintenance projects, gardening projects and facility upkeep. Call for details.

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Physical Address: 601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO

Mailing Address: PO 9469 Avon Colorado, 81620

Phone: 970-479-2291

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The Nature Center is located just east of Vail Village, across Gore Creek from the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Ford Amphitheater. Parking is available at the Vail Village Parking Structure, Soccer Field or Tennis Center. Click here for directions.

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The Vail Recreation District is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

 The Vail Recreation District is under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.

 All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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