(Vail)-A collaboration between the Art Center in Gypsum, the Town of Vail Art in Public Places program and the Vail Recreation District's (VRD) Nature Center means a summer of creative opportunities for kids in the Vail Valley. The three organizations announced recently the popular Art in Nature program is underway for the summer.

The Art in Nature program provides children, ages five years and older, with the instruction, opportunity and materials to express themselves artistically, while learning about the natural world in a local and a global way.  "This program is unique because it's appealing to kids who really thrive at artistic activities, as well as more scientifically-minded kids," said Tom Gaylord, Director of the Nature Center. "They discover a broad range of subjects, from local ecology, to international artistic forms."
The classes, all taught outdoors at the Nature Center located near Ford Park, take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 20. Some of the projects participants will focus on are building mobiles and kites, candle- and paper-making, watercolor painting and sculptures. The cost of the program is $45 and includes supplies. Students can join the class for a single day or for the entire summer, but registration is required by calling 970-479-2291. A full description of courses may be viewed at www.vailrec.com or www.theartctr.com.   
Additionally, for the less artistically-inclined, the Nature Center is offering an endless selection of other activities for residents and visitors in the Vail Valley this summer. With options that include 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, nature photography classes, creekside tours, campfire story telling and star gazing, the world-class Nature Center's summer lineup will please nature lovers and nature newbies alike. The Nature Center is 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 BirdsThe 2011 summer schedule is below with additional details available by clicking here.   
  • Adult Full Day Nature Hikes, 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, until Sept. 22
    $50 or $45 for Vail Residents
  • Adult Half Day Nature Hikes, 8:30 a.m. Fridays, until 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, until 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 until 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, July 15-August 19
    Children: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, until mid-August
    $90 for adults and $45 for children and includes equipment
  • Photo Safaris, 8 a.m. to Noon Mondays, until Aug. 29
    Ages 16 and older, $50 per person   
  • Wildflower Walks
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, until mid-August
    2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, until mid-August
    $3 per person or $2 for Vail residents  
  • Boy Fly FishingWild Kid Nature Hikes, Noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, until mid-August
    Ages seven and older, $25 per person
  • Evening Beaver Pond Tours, 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays, until mid-August
    $5 per child, $10 adults or $30 for a family of five 
  • Guest Speaker Series, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 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, until 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 ongoing until August. Enthusiastic 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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