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Walking Mountains Science Center

Raising environmental awareness and inspiring stewardship and sustainability.

four stars

96.59

318 Walking Mountains Lane Avon, CO 81620
tel: (970) 827-9725   Web Site
EIN: 84-1436731

Board Leadership
Craig Foley
Chair

CEO
Markian Feduschak
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.59 four stars
  Financial 97.32 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Walking Mountains Science Center works to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As a science learning center, we offer hands-on, innovative field science programs for over 3,500 students each school year, summer youth science camps, adult seminars, guided half and full day hikes, and year-round interpretive programs for people of all ages. Residents and visitors can participate in our programs at our main campus in Avon, the Vail Nature Center, and the Nature Discovery Center at the top of Vail Mountain. Previously called the Gore Range Natural Science School when it was founded in 1998, Walking Mountains began as a grassroots effort that has grown year-by-year, bolstered by tremendous support from the community. At Walking Mountains Science Center, we believe that nature is for everyone.

Walking Mountains Science Center works to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As a science learning center, we offer hands-on, innovative field science programs for over 3,500 students each school year, summer youth science camps, adult seminars, guided half and full day hikes, and year-round interpretive programs for people of all ages. Residents and visitors can participate in our programs at our main campus in Avon, the Vail Nature Center, and the Nature Discovery Center at the top of Vail Mountain. Previously called the Gore Range Natural Science School when it was founded in 1998, Walking Mountains began as a grassroots effort that has grown year-by-year, bolstered by tremendous support from the community. At Walking Mountains Science Center, we believe that nature is for everyone.

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Financial

four stars

97.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.4%
  Administrative Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.50
  Program Expenses Growth 16.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Walking Mountains Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Walking Mountains Science Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 96.59 four stars
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (UT) 91.67 four stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 97.26 four stars
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.06 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,648,483
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $486,665
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $75,892
Total Contributions $5,211,040
   Program Service Revenue $1,028,657
Total Primary Revenue $6,239,697
   Other Revenue $-102,656
TOTAL REVENUE $6,137,041
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,604,719
   Administrative Expenses $212,196
   Fundraising Expenses $262,836
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,079,751
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,057,290
   
Net Assets $16,648,923

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Sustainability & Stewardship Programs $660,326 25.4%
Youth Programs $528,569 20.3%
Community Programs $515,174 19.8%

Ratings History
Walking Mountains Science Center has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 96.59 four stars
2016-06 04/01/2017 96.60 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 93.21 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 93.64 four stars
2014-06 10/01/2015 92.28 four stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.72 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 96.81 four stars
2012-06 12/20/2013 92.13 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 89.32 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 84.39 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 84-1436731
Name in IRS Master File WALKING MOUNTAINS
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,662 3.95% Markian Feduschak President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 96.59 four stars
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Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.06 four stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 97.26 four stars
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 98.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Walking Mountains Science Center
318 Walking Mountains Lane
Avon, CO 81620
tel: (970) 827-9725
EIN: 84-1436731

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 9469
Avon, CO 81620

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Board Leadership

Craig Foley
Chair

CEO

Markian Feduschak
President

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