About Thorne

Thorne Nature Experience, formerly Thorne Ecological Institute, was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II, and has been connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences for more than 60 years. During the past six decades, Thorne has connected more than 250,000 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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School Programs

Each year, Thorne connects more than 7,000 youth ages 3-15 to nature through its joyful, hands-on, place-based In-School Programs and Field Trips. “The instructor engaged the students in every way. […]

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Our Next Event

December 12, 2016

Every Monday and Tuesday, parents and caretakers can bring their kids for a hands-on self guided exploration. Come in, chat with an educator, grab an exploration backpack, and head out […]

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