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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Walking Mountains Science Center

Raising environmental awareness and inspiring stewardship and sustainability.

91.46

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 91.46
  Financial 90.16
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 08/16/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Financial

90.16

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 08/16/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
78.1%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.71
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 91.46
Harris Center for Conservation Education (NH) 91.97
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 89.01
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 93.32
San Diego River Park Foundation (CA) 97.22

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,262,557
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $460,532
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $155,753
Total Contributions $4,878,842
   Program Service Revenue $1,063,524
Total Primary Revenue $5,942,366
   Other Revenue $81,392
TOTAL REVENUE $6,023,758
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,278,285
   Administrative Expenses $666,610
   Fundraising Expenses $472,073
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,416,968
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,606,790
   
Net Assets $19,255,712

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
Youth Programs $722,046 31.7%
Sustainability & Stewardship Programs $653,680 28.7%
Community Programs $550,712 24.2%

Ratings History
Walking Mountains Science Center has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/16/2019 91.46
2017-06 07/01/2018 96.59
2016-06 04/01/2017 96.60
2015-06 06/01/2016 93.21
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 93.64
2014-06 10/01/2015 92.28
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.72
2013-06 07/01/2014 96.81
2012-06 12/20/2013 92.13
2012-06 12/01/2013 89.32
2012-06 06/01/2013 84.39

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$122,436 3.58% Markian Feduschak President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 91.46
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 89.07
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 88.75
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 93.32
Harris Center for Conservation Education (NH) 91.97

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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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