About Thorne

Thorne Nature Experience, formerly Thorne Ecological Institute, was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II, and has been connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences for more than 60 years. During the past six decades, Thorne has connected more than 250,000 children, teens, and adults to nature and become a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmental education. Today, Thorne’s Summer Camp, In-School Program, and Field Trips reach more than 12,000 Boulder County and Front Range youth each year.

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Thorne Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Since 1957, Thorne Summer Camp has been connecting youth to nature! Each summer, Thorne offers more than 150 Camp Experiences for youth ages 3-15 in Boulder, Littleton, and Louisville – […]

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Our Next Event

February 27, 2017

Every Monday and Tuesday, parents and caretakers can bring their kids for a hands-on self guided exploration. Come in, chat with an educator, grab an exploration backpack, and head out […]

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