Please call 970-479-2291 to make reservations.
Below is a list of summer programming offered at the Vail Nature Center. Reservations are required to participate in these activities.
Tuesdays & Saturdays, June 7 - September 27, 2014
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ages: 18 and older, ability to hike in strenuous conditions required.
$50 per person or $45 VRD Res
Two days a week throughout the summer naturalist guides from the Nature Center lead participants on all-day hikes throughout the Holy Cross and Eagles Nest Wilderness areas. Hikes are at a pace that allows participants to enjoy the flora and fauna along the trail. Participants should be in healthy condition and accustomed to the altitude. Hike participants should bring extra clothing, rain gear, lunch, trail snacks, water and a camera. Transportation is provided from the Nature Center. Dogs are not allowed. Please call for hiking schedule and information about meeting locations.
Wednesdays, June 11 - September 24, 2014
8.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ages: 18 and older
$35 per person or $30 VRD Res
In the Rockies, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of beauty and biodiversity. Learn the basic skills you need to identifying local plants and wildlife, as well as fascinating information about their historic and modern uses. What berries are edible, what plants might save your life if you were stranded in the backcountry? Our expert naturalists will teach you on a leisurely hike on various trails in the Vail area. While easier and slower-paced than full-day hikes, participants must be able to hike 3-6 miles at high altitude. Hike participants should bring rain gear, trail snacks, water and a camera. Participants should wear sturdy footwear that is comfortable. Transportation is provided from the Nature Center. Dogs are not allowed. Please call for hiking schedule and information about meeting locations.
Mondays, June 30 - August 18, 2014
8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Ages: 18 and older
$45 per person
Spend the morning exploring the beauty of the Rockies with your camera. An expert photographer will teach you easy techniques and tricks that will immediately improve your photography. You will learn the foundation to better pictures through composition and using your camera and eye to their fullest potential. You will learn how a scene translates into an image as
well as what to look for from the grandest panorama to the tiniest detail.
Are you here for the summer and love to hike and explore the mountains around Vail? Join the Nature Center Hiking Club and spend the summer venturing into the high country in search of great views, wildflowers and pristine wilderness. Each hike takes club members to a different destination and hikes are educational, informative and fun. Members are able to join an unlimited number of full-day and half-day nature hikes for the 2014 season.
$250 per person or $230 VRD Res
The VRD is an equal opportunity service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest.
Physical Address: 601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO
Mailing Address: 700 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO
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.
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.