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 300,000 youth and adults to nature.
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.
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.
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.