ABOUT

Thorne Nature Experience was founded in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II. Thorne was one of Colorado’s first environmental nonprofits and has a storied history and many accomplishments that include connecting more than 275,000 youth and adults to nature.

MISSION

Thorne Nature Experience builds Earth Stewardship by providing joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences that foster an emotional connection to nature.

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HISTORY

Thorne Nature Experience, formerly known as Thorne Ecological Institute, was founded by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 and has been connecting youth to nature for more than six decades.

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THE TEAM

Thorne programming is envisioned, designed, and implemented by a dedicated Board of community volunteers and a talented staff with decades of nonprofit management and environmental education experience.

We’re always looking for enthusiast people to volunteer and intern with us. Learn how to get involved now!

GALLERIES

See for yourself how much Thorne participants enjoy Thorne’s joyful, hands-on, place-based programs.

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SUPPORTERS

Financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations helps enable Thorne to carry out its important work. Thorne also collaborates extensively with local government agencies and like minded nonprofits.

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Events Calendar

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at Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center
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at Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center