Thorne’s EdVenturers Club members are Thorne’s most generous contributors who help us connect youth, and specifically our community’s lowest income youth, to nature!


Thorne offers special “Edventure” events to members of its Edventurer Club.  These events are designed to help our most generous donors better understand the uniqueness, quality, and importance of Thorne’s programs.  Past “EdVentures” have included Wine Tasting and Wildflower Identification for adults and Bird Banding and Bagels for families.  These events are a fun way for Thorne to give back to the donors who make our important work possible and allow them a glimpse into the type of special experiences their gifts allow us to provide to our community’s underserved youth.  Check back to see a list of upcoming Edventurer Club events.


Thorne Nature Experience has been connecting Boulder County youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place based environmental education experiences for more than six decades, and our mission is more important now than ever. As a result of increased “screen time” and the corresponding dramatic decrease in the amount of time youth are spending outdoors, today’s youth, and especially our community’s low-income youth, are suffering in greater numbers from obesity, social/emotional disorders, and poor academic achievement. Fortunately, Nature, Thorne’s programs, and YOU have the power to address these concerns.

The kids in our community that have the least access to nature are disproportionately low-income and Latino. Many live in neighborhoods that lack nature and outdoor play spaces, as well as pathways to safely access nearby nature and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, their parents and families often are not nature connected and their schools lack the resources needed to ensure equitable access to nature and the outdoors or access to informal environmental education and outdoor recreation programming. It is for this reason that Thorne dedicates the majority of its efforts and energies to reach and engage low-income and Latino youth. Each summer we provide more than $150,000 in scholarships to our award-winning summer camp and during the school year we reach in excess of 7,000 youth through our in-school and after-school programs (more than 60% of these youth participate in their schools free and reduced lunch program and/or are students of color).

To accomplish this important work, we rely on generous support from individuals like you! It is our sincere hope that you will consider joining Thorne’s EdVenturers Club by making an annual gift to Thorne of $1000 or more.  Colorado’s Child Care Contribution Tax Credit makes now the best time ever to contribute to Thorne Nature Experience. Thorne is a licensed Colorado child care provider and gifts to Thorne are dedicated to our summer camp and after school programs making them eligible for the tax credit. Colorado taxpayers who make a monetary contribution to promote child care in Colorado may claim an income tax credit of 50% of the total contribution.  CLICK HERE to learn how you may benefit from the tax credit.




“Thorne’s mission and programs for children are excellent and are needed now more than ever. I just love what you do and am honored to support Thorne!”

– Thorne EdVenturer Club Member