With schools closed and activities cancelled, it is more important than ever to get kids outside and into nature.  Time outside is critical to the physical and mental well-being of our children.  Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers can use the activities and resources below, including maps to some of our favorite nature play locations, to safely and joyfully get kids outside during these unprecedented times!


Thorne is helping to lead a community wide effort to get kids outside every day during these unprecedented times. Visit the Outside Every Day website and make a pledge to get the kids you care for Outside Every Day! Challenge participants will receive frequent communication that includes activities and resources to make getting kids outside safe and fun!


Thorne is collecting and sharing a wide variety of activities and resources online so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram  or sign up for our E-lerts so you don’t miss out!


Boulder County Nature Play Locations, Maps, & Activity Videos

Thorne educators visit some of their favorite nature spots and share activities you can do there!

Bobolink Trail Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Anne U. White Trail Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Heil Ranch Nature Play Map and Activity Video 

South Mesa Trail Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Waneka Lake Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Sombrero Marsh Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Golden Ponds Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Nature Kids Discovery Zone Map and Activity Video

Walden Ponds Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Centennial Trailhead Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Coal Creek Trail Nature Play Map and Activity Video

Here are some of Thorne staff’s favorite nature activities for kids:

Animal Activity: Move, Mimic, Make! (PreK to Elementary School)
Mud Creations (Pre-K to Elementary School)
Potions! (Pre-K to Middle School)
Animal Masks (Elementary School)
Track Me If You Can (Elementary School)
Duplication (Elementary School)
Insect Amusement Park (Elementary School)
Alphabet Walk (Elementary to Middle School)
Imagination Vacation (Elementary to Middle School)
Be-a-Camera Game (Elementary to Middle School)
Biodiversity List and Micro Hike (Elementary to Middle School)
Bird Feeder (Elementary to Middle School)
Bird Nest (Elementary to Middle School)
Make Your Own Insect (Elementary to Middle School)
Rock Painting (Elementary to Middle School)
Special Stick (Elementary to Middle School)
Interview with Nature (Elementary to High School)
Native Beehive (Elementary to High School)
Nature Mandala (Elementary to High School)
Nature Mobiles (Elementary to High School)
Sit Spot (Elementary to High School)

Want more activities like these, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram  or sign up for our E-lerts so you don’t miss out!

Curriculum for Teachers

Thorne staff have turned some of our most beloved In School and Field Trip programs into virtual programs.  Each program is multi-media including videos of Thorne staff teaching, links to external resources like games, videos, songs, and activities, and activities to help students take learning outside.

CLICK HERE to access these new, virtual programs, which are available for easy integration into your virtual classrooms!

A Note on Staying Safe Outside

When outside, please follow these COVID-19 precautions:

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and those not in your household.
  • Wear a mask or face-covering. (Required on Boulder County Open Space trails when you are passing others or cannot maintain 6 feet of distance.)
  • Avoid visiting busy places and stay as close to home as possible to recreate. If you get to a trailhead and find it crowded, please consider choosing another location.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Limit children to playing with family members living under the same roof.
  • Clean hands thoroughly and often, and avoid touching your face.
  • Do not take risks – medical resources are scarce and social distancing is not possible for first responders, putting them at risk.

Please continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including staying on designated trails and respecting wildlife.

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