(Vail)-The Vail Nature Center's popular youth fly fishing program is underway on Mondays throughout the summer until Aug. 27. The program, Learn to Think Like a Trout: Fly Fishing and Stream Ecology, meets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every week and offers children, ages eight and older, an introduction to fly fishing skills and the science behind the sport.
The interactive program engages participants with educational activities like collecting water samples and examining species under microscopes to understand their watery ecosystem. Children will learn about the equipment and skills for fly fishing, practice casting and have the opportunity to put their newly-acquired know-how to use on nearby streams and lakes. The cost is $45 per class and includes all equipment. Reservations are required to participate. Click here for more on Learn to Think Like a Trout.
Considered one of Vail's best kept secrets, the Nature Center also offers an abundance of 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, nature photo safaris, youth art in nature programs, creekside tours and family-friendly evening programming. 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.
The Nature Center is operated by the Vail Recreation District and is located on seven acres of land in Ford Park and across Gore Creek from the Ford Amphitheater and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Programs and activities are subject to change. To volunteer or for program rates and reservations, call 970-479-2291 or click here.
Tom Gaylord, 479-2291
Vail Nature Center