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

Nature Center Building(Vail)-The Vail Recreation District's (VRD) summer activities lineup continues to expand with the opening of the Vail Nature Center. 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 that are 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, raptor education presentations, youth and adult Walking to Watch Birdsart in nature programs, creek side 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. The 2010 summer schedule is available by clicking here
Additionally, the Nature Center will expand its Art in Nature program to incorporate youth programs this summer. The newly-revised Art in Nature/Nature in Art program is a partnership among the Nature Center, The Art Center in Gypsum and the Town of Vail's Art in Public Places Program and will combine art with nature including wind mobiles, paper and candle making, watercolor painting, clay sculpting and more. Costs are $35 per person and includes materials. Family discounts are available.The adult program will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, June 14 to Aug. 16 and the youth program, for ages four to 16, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, June 18 to Aug. 20.
Nature Center with KidsThe 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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Contact:          Tom Gaylord, 479-2291

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