In response to COVID-19, Thorne has created high quality, multi-media, bi-lingual virtual programs to reach students unable to attend a Thorne program in person.
We have pivoted our school year staff resources to provide childcare, academic support, and nature enrichment to youth through our new Nature Learning Pod program which includes more than $40,000 each month in scholarships for low-income families. Our Nature Learning Pod program is full at this time, and any openings will be communicated through our e-newsletter.
We plan to return to offering our award-winning In-School, Field Trip, and After School programs to Boulder/Denver Metro-area elementary schools at the conclusion the pandemic.
The In-School Program generates enthusiasm for the natural world while expanding 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 writing a photo book.
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.
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.
“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
NATURE FOR ALL
Thorne believes that all youth, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income, deserve the opportunity to connect with nature through our school programs. Find out more about our NATURE FOR ALL Initiative.
Volunteers and interns play a critical role in the success of Thorne’s school programs, from publishing photo books to serving as classroom teaching assistants or field trip instructors.