About Us

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.

Media Contact

CLICK HERE to e-mail Kuvy Ax or call 720-329-7327.

Thorne’s 60th Anniversary Story

CLICK HERE to read “Thorne Nature Experience at 60 Years – Building an Oak Grove,” by Amanda Paulson.

Press Releases

CLICK HERE for Thorne’s past press releases.


CLICK HERE for Thorne Founder & Honorary President, Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II’s  bio.

CLICK HERE for Thorne Staff bios.


CLICK HERE             Thorne 60th Anniversary Icon


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CLICK HERE to view photos of Thorne in action.