During the school year, Thorne offers its award-winning In-School, Field Trip, and After School programs to Boulder/Denver Metro-area elementary schools.


The In School Program expands students’ knowledge in the areas of science and literacy through a three-class series of lessons that involve interactive explorations, inquiry-based experiments, scientific instruments and specimens, and creating a picture book.

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The After School Program builds empathy for and a connection to nature through a 12-week program that includes nature mentorship, unstructured play, student-led inquiry, and exploration in and around the school yard and nearby natural areas.

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The Field Trip Program enhances classroom science learning and fosters a sense of place through a day-long experience in a local natural area where students discover the interconnections between animals, plants, land, water, and humans.

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“The instructor engaged the students in every way. Students learned vocabulary and concepts by being actively involved. Students incorporated the learning into their play at recess- that is how exciting the instructor made learning!”

– Karen Carter, Resource Room Administrator


Thorne believes that all youth, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income, deserve the opportunity to connect with nature. Find out more about our Nature For All initiative.

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Volunteers and interns play a critical role in the success of Thorne’s programs and are involved at every level of the organization, from providing general administrative support to teaching programs and serving on the Board of Trustees.
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Thorne’s 2016 School Program was full of fun and awe-inspiring explorations in nature! The 2015-2016 School Program Report contains statistics on how many students were reached, student evaluations, and feedback from teachers and parents.
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