Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Fly Fishing, Art and Photography and More

Vail Recreation District

May 26, 2011 

Contact:          Tom Gaylord, 479-2291

                        Vail Nature Center     

Youth at Nature Center

(Vail)-The Vail Recreation District's (VRD) summer activities lineup continues to expand with the opening of the Vail Nature Center Saturday (5-28). The Nature Center will join the Tennis Center, the Vail Golf Club, youth services summer day camps, youth sports camps, adult sports leagues and an array of other offerings taking place throughout the summer.


Considered one of Vail's best kept secrets, the Nature Center offers unique, world-class programs including plant and animal exhibits, wildflower and morning bird walks, evening beaver pond tours, a summer speaker series, a hiking club, fly fishing and stream ecology classes, photography in nature classes, youth art in nature programs, creekside tours, campfire story telling and star gazing. The Nature Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day weekend and is located adjacent to Ford Park and across the street from the Vail athletic fields.


Walking to Watch BirdsNew this summer, the Nature Center will expand its programming and offer a Wild Kids Nature Hike and Native Plant Workshops. The Wild Kids Nature hikes will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays for families with children seven and older. Nature Center naturalists will take participants on hikes throughout Vail and explain the flora and fauna of it's surrounding environment. Parents are encouraged to join the hikes. Costs are $25 per participant. The Nature's Bounty Native Plant Workshops will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays for ages 16 and older. Workshop participants will learn skills for identifying local native plants, as well as how they have been and are prepared for medicinal uses . Costs are $35 per participant. The 2011 summer schedule is below with additional details available by clicking here.   

  • Adult Full Day Nature Hikes, 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2 to Sept. 22
    $50 or $45 for Vail Residents
  • Adult Half Day Nature Hikes, 8:30 a.m. Fridays, June 17 to Sept. 2
    $35 or $30 for Vail Residents
  • Adventure Wednesdays
    Ages 16 and older, prices and programs vary, call for details
  • Art in Nature for Kids, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, June 24 to Aug. 19
    Ages five and older, cost is $45 and includes materials 
  • Morning Bird Walks
    8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 21 to mid-August
    $3 per person, $2 for Vail residents
  • Learn to Think Like a Trout: Fly Fishing for Adults and Children
    Adults: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, June 24 to mid-August
    Children: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 18 to mid-August
    $90 for adults and $45 for children and includes equipment
  • Photo Safaris, 8 a.m. to Noon Mondays, June 20 to Aug. 29
    Ages 16 and older, $50 per person   
  • Wildflower Walks
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 20 to mid-August
    2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 20 to mid-August
    $3 per person or $2 for Vail residents  
  • Boy Fly FishingWild Kid Nature Hikes, Noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 25 to mid-August
    Ages seven and older, $25 per person
  • Evening Beaver Pond Tours, 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 23 to mid-August
    $5 per child, $10 adults or $30 for a family of five 
  • Guest Speaker Series, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 29, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 
    $5 per child, $10 adults or $30 for a family of five
  • S'mores and More (Family Campfire)
    7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, June 24 to mid-August 
    $5 per child, $10 adults or $30 for a family of five
  • Stories in the Sky Stargazing
    8:45 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, June and July
    8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, August
    $5 per child, $10 adults or $30 for a family of five
  • Free Creekside Nature Tours, Departs From the Vail Farmers' Market
    11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays  

The Nature Center is also seeking volunteers to assist with facilitation of programs from early June through August. Volunteers are needed for children's activities, greeting visitors and assisting with the gift shop. Volunteers will receive discounted access to the Nature Center's programs throughout the summer.


The Nature Center is operated by the VRD and is located on seven acres of land adjacent to the Gore Creek. The VRD is an equal opportunity service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest.


Programs and activities are subject to change. To volunteer or for program rates and reservations, call 970-479-2291 or click here.


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