Thorne Nature Experience

Basic Information

Address: 1466 N. 63rd Street Boulder, CO 80303
Phone Number: (303)499-3647
Director: Stephanie Brudwick

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Connecting Youth to nature, Environmental stewardship, Community, Inclusiveness, Collaboration & Leadership
Population Served: 250,000
Ages for Volunteer: 16+
Mission Statement:

To build Earth stewardship by connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences.

Program History:

Thorne Nature Experience, formerly Thorne Ecological Institute, was founded by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 and is currently celebrating 60 years of connecting youth to nature. During its first three decades, the organization focused on a diverse array of environmental projects ranging from land conservation, to educating governments, businesses, adults, and children locally and nationally about the Principles of Ecology and how these relate to economics, human welfare, and the health of the environment. Since the environmental movement became more mainstream in the 1980’s and 90’s, there has been significant growth in the number of specialized businesses and nonprofits engaged in the protection of natural areas and conservation of natural resources. In response, Thorne has streamlined its programming to focus on what has always been its core competence, environmental education for Boulder and Denver Metro Area youth. The success of Thorne’s natural science programming has led to the development of permanent teaching facilities at Sombrero Marsh in Boulder and Waterton Canyon in Littleton. During the past six decades, Thorne has connected more than 250,000 children and adults to nature and become a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmental education.