Thorne Nature Experience, formerly Thorne Ecological Institute, was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II and is currently celebrating 60 years of connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences. During the past six decades, Thorne has connected more than 200,000 children, teens, and adults to nature and become a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmental education. Today, Thorne’s Summer Camp, In-School Program, and Field Trips reach more than 12,000 Boulder County and Front Range youth each year.
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Save the Date – October 17, 2014
August has arrived, marking the end of a successful summer at Thorne. We've roamed the Front Range with nearly 2,000 kids catching toads, wading in ponds and streams, and finding the little bits of nature that spark a sense of wonder. Now that Summer Camp has ended, we're busy in the office preparin…
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is in need of volunteers to help with a restoration project at Thorne's Boulder location at Sombrero Marsh! Sombrero Marsh is an ancient and much abused natural wetland that is being restored and expanded for the benefit of wildlife. The site is designated a special Habitat Conservation Area within the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP). The marsh also serves as an important environmental education site for Thorne Nature Experience, which runs school programs and summer camps for area youth. Partnering with the City of Boulder OSMP and Thorne, WRV volunteers will plant approximately 4000 native wetland plants to expand and restore the ecological function of the wetland, benefiting birds and other wildlife.
Contact Wildlands Restoration Volunteers to see how you can help with this project! https://www.wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=projects#event1478
It was an incredible summer at Thorne Nature Experience! We want to send a BIG Thank You to those who made it possible to award $90,000 in Summer Camp Scholarships. Here is a quote from a mom whose camper received a scholarship: "My son had an amazing, educational, fun, supported, safe, active, self-esteem building week! This whole experience was truly life changing for my son, and for our family! I want to tell you that in this child's life, you made a HUGE difference. He did something none of us thought was possible. Without that financial help, none of this would have been possible for our son."
Photo by Caroline McLean.
Do you love to explore nature with the children in your life? Thorne welcomes you and your little ones to the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for a fun, hands-on, […]