Visit us at our new headquarters- the Lafayette Nature Center!  

Celebrate this new community space at our Grand Opening on June 15, 2024, from 10 am-8 pm! CLICK HERE to learn more and to RSVP.  


300 Old Laramie Trail E, Lafayette, CO 80026
Free and open to the public- beginning June 15, 2024

Thorne Nature Experience created the Lafayette Nature Center to be a welcoming place for all members of our community to gather and connect with nature and each other. Enjoy world-class nature play areas, grassy field space, gazebos, a BBQ pit, and the natural beauty of nearby Coal Creek Open Space. Whether you like to climb, dig, swing, slide, or just relax in the great outdoors, the Lafayette Nature Center has something for everyone.

Lafayette Nature Center Highlights

  • Outdoor play and learning spaces, including nature playgrounds with features like sandpits, log structures, loose parts for building, and a nature-themed swing and slide.
  • Community gathering spaces with gazebos, a BBQ pit, and field space
  • Connecting trail to nearby Coal Creek Open Space, an incredible natural area with giant cottonwood groves, abundant flora and fauna, and year-round access to water exploration.
  • Coming soon– Events in both English and Spanish will take place regularly at the center. A calendar with a list of events will be posted this summer. We will also offer birthday parties at the LNC beginning in the fall of 2024. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Plan Your Visit

Starting June 15, 2024, the outdoor spaces at the Lafayette Nature Center will be open daily from dawn to dusk.

  • To keep the LNC safe for young children:
    • Nature play areas and pavilions may be closed when in use by Thorne
    • Adult supervision required
    • No pets allowed

CLICK HERE for directions to the Lafayette Nature Center. For more information about visiting the Lafayette Nature Center, email or call 303.499.3647 x100.

“We are so excited to have a space in our community that helps our children grow up feeling connected to our local ecology. It is important that people understand that nature is everywhere, not just some “pristine” place you have to drive to in the mountains. A space designed for nature exploration will be a valuable asset to our community and children.”

– Local Family