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Learn to Think Like a Trout

Saturdays, June 21 - August 16, 2014

9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ages: 8 to 13

$45 per child

The fly-fishing program takes place on select days throughout the summer and is comprised of education about ecosystem and entomology (study of insects), as well as basic tools and knowledge of fly-fishing. No previous experience is required. Fishing equipment is provided. Learn to Think like a Trout is sponsored by Trout Unlimited Eagle County chapter. Reservations are required.


Art in Nature

Fridays, June 27 - August 15, 2014

9.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Ages: 6 to 13

$45 per child (includes materials)

Youth participants enjoy classes that engage artists of all skill levels in the natural world while offering nature enthusiasts the opportunity to express themselves artistically. The Nature Center is happy to again partner with the Town of Vail's Art in Public Places program to offer these classes. Art in Nature youth programs take place outside the Nature Center. Materials included. Activities change every week - call for schedule and reservations.


Scenic Story Time

Sundays, June 15 - August 31, 2014

10 - 10.45 a.m.

Ages: 2 to 5 years with an adult

$5 per family

Bring your little one to the Vail Nature Center to listen to stories and learn about the real plant and animal characters from the books. Storytime takes place outdoors, weather permitting.


Camp Eco Fun

Day camp, June through August

Ages: 4-6 and 7-11

Camp Eco Fun offers children, ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 11, hands-on learning about the natural environment at the Vail Nature Center, plus crafts and activities that support the weekly ecological theme. Please call VRD Community Programming to make reservations, 970-479-2292.
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The VRD is an equal opportunity service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest.

Nature Center

Physical Address: 601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO

Mailing Address: 700 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO

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.

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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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