Partner Locations

Denver Metro and Northeast Colorado

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Audubon Society of Greater Denver

Littleton

The Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASDG) is a non-profit chapter of the National Audubon Society. From examining owls’ adaptations up close to dissecting albatross boluses and talking about watershed pollution, they provide many fun hands-on opportunities to explore and connect with nature and conservation in the classroom.

Bear Creek Lake Park

Lakewood

The City of Lakewood's Bear Creek Lake Park has programs that offer hands-on experiences designed to provide a positive and fun outdoor learning environment.

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center

Fairplay

The mission of Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center is to provide environmental education that gives individuals of all ages the tools and knowledge to become better stewards of the earth.

Our vision is to become a leading environmental education center inspiring action to protect and improve the environment.

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Brighton

The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization founded to address a need for bird conservation and related public education in the Western United States.

Bluff Lake Nature Center

Denver

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a unique urban natural area dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to respect, protect, and connect with our natural world.

Butterfly Pavilion

Westminster

Butterfly Pavilion fosters an appreciation of invertebrates while educating the public about the importance of conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world.

City of Aurora Parks, Rec, and Open Space

Aurora

Discover Aurora's true nature. We invite you to visit our award-winning nature centers: Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch and the AWQUA Lounge.

CSU Environmental Learning Center

Fort Collins

Our mission at the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center is to connect people with nature by facilitating educational, inclusive and safe experiences in the natural environment and to advance the field of environmental education through sound research and practice.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver

Denver Botanic Gardens helps students grow their science skills, plant knowledge, and appreciation for the natural world. Programs emphasize student-led discovery through a variety of hands-on activities and guided explorations.

The Gardens on Spring Creek

Fort Collins

The Gardens on Spring Creek is a beautiful setting to dig into life science education. We offer hands on school programs for all grades that are unique, interactive and standards-based. Each program brings a different lens to the beautiful landscapes here at the Gardens.

Jefferson County Open Space:  Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Golden

Lookout Mountain Nature Center inspires kids to connect with the natural world and offers gentle hiking trails past ponderosa pines & through meadows, providing panoramic views of the Denver metro area.

City of Arvada's Majestic View Nature Center

Arvada

Majestic View Nature Center is a place to learn about and appreciate the area’s natural features and cultural history by interacting directly with nature! The park includes a lake and wetland areas, a beautiful demonstration garden, interpretive trails, prairie grasses and many wildlife species.

Plains Conservation Center

Aurora

The Plains Conservation Center, part of the Denver Botanic Gardens, is an outdoor education facility and state designated natural area located in Colorado. We empower people to care for themselves, the natural world,
and their communities by connecting them to their grassland roots.

Poudre Learning Center

Greeley

The Poudre Learning Center provides students opportunities to experience the native and man-made elements of our Cache La Poudre riparian and prairie ecosystems in a natural setting. It serves as a focal point for interdisciplinary learning that includes the science, history, aesthetics and economics of the natural area and the river and its wetlands.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Commerce City

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique experience for youth to learn about and observe wildlife in their natural habitat throughout the year. Its close proximity to the Denver metro area
makes it an ideal destination for hands-on outdoor learning.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation

Littleton

The mission of the South Suburban Park and Recreation District is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space and by providing recreational services and programs.

Northwest Colorado

Children's Nature Center

Grand Junction

The Children's Nature Center (CNC) is the only living museum within a 250-mile radius that exhibits exotic animals in naturalist habitats. The center hosts more than 120 unique creatures, ranging from 13-foot pythons to 1-inch-long dart frogs to lively stingrays. We have saltwater habitats and freshwater habitats, as well as numerous coral tanks with a wide variety of aquatic life. CNC features a collection of snakes, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as  a variety of colorful parrots. Our living and inanimate exhibits are all designed to educate guests on animals, wildlife, and the environment.

Colorado National Monument

Fruita

Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

Keystone Science School

Keystone

Founded in 1976 by Robert W. Craig, Keystone Science School has taught scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers, and community members through engaging hands-on field experiences. KSS was founded on the belief that leaders should approach decision-making with a healthy respect for scientific inquiry, collaboration, and civic engagement. 

SOS Outreach

Multi-day trips to the Colorado National Monument

SOS Outreach is a youth development nonprofit that fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making in underserved youth. SOS programs are unique in their use of adventure sports to engage participants for future success.

Walking Mountains Science Center

Avon

We provide locals and visitors from pre-k to gray with opportunities to explore nature, gain a scientific understanding, and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs. We invite you to come explore your curious nature with us!

Yampatika

Steamboat Springs

Yampatika inspires environmental stewardship through education. Located in Steamboat Springs, Yampatika Naturalists travel throughout Routt, Jackson, and Moffat County delivering environmental education programs in school classrooms, outside on school grounds, and also on public lands.

Southeast Colorado

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

La Junta

Bent’s Old Fort features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.

Catamount Institute

Colorado Springs

Catamount Institute’s science-based environmental education programs promote science literacy, outdoor exploration, experiential learning, to students throughout the Pikes Peak region. These programs provide exceptional opportunities for youth to experience and understand their world with an enriched sense of their
surroundings.

Chico Basin Ranch

Colorado Springs

Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre family-run, working cattle ranch that operates on the high prairie. Owned by the State Land Board, its spring-fed lakes, creeks, and pools are home to diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, prairie dogs, coyote, badgers, and much more.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant

Experience the Prehistory of Colorado! In central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet and thousands of detailed fossils of plants and insects reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs

This incredible city park is truly one of a kind. It offers towering sedimentary rock formations, some over 300 feet high! There are matchless views of Pike's Peak, paved and unpaved hiking trails, plants and wildlife from multiple ecosystems that meet in the Park, a fantastic Visitor and Nature Center, and many other amenities. The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site living history museum is co-located in the Garden, providing a glimpse into area life over 100 years ago. Garden of the Gods was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971.

Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA)

Salida

GARNA’s mission is to foster stewardship of the resources of the greater Arkansas River region through education, volunteerism and experiences. We accomplish our mission through formal partnerships with natural resources.

Guidestone Colorado

Salida

Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building, and partnerships.

High Trails Outdoor Education Center

Florissant

High Trails Outdoor Education Center provides educational experiences in the outdoors in which children and adults will gain greater skills, knowledge, and understanding of the interrelationships of all living things, of working together as a team, and of growing positively as a person.

Mountain Park Environmental Center

Beulah

The Mountain Park Environmental Center offers environmental education and overnight lodging along with special learning programs. Come visit us!

Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

Pueblo

The Nature and Raptor Center offers environmental education programs and a Raptor Center to rehabilitate injured birds of prey and return them to the wild. Visitors can see live raptors such as hawks, owls, falcons and eagles on display. The scenic location of the Nature Center along the Arkansas River offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Pueblo Zoo

Pueblo

Our mission is to promote appreciation and understanding of the natural world, while providing a quality environment for animals and visitors at the Pueblo Zoo.

Starsmore Discovery Center

Colorado Springs

Cherished as a local landmark for many years, this stone building was originally the home of the Starsmore family. It was purchased by the City of Colorado Springs and moved to its present location in 1992. It serves as an introduction to Cheyenne Cañon and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife. Here you will discover activities for guests of all ages. Begin your exploration of the park at Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, where you will find: free maps, regional information, a bird-watching window, fascinating dioramas and nature exhibits, and a variety of programs.​

YMCA Camp Shady Brook

Deckers

Surrounded by Pikes Peak National Forest and sitting on over 300 acres, YMCA Camp Shady Brook is the perfect setting to host Outdoor Education and Environmental programs.

For over 65 years, YMCA Camp Shady Brook has been providing exceptional camping experiences for a wide variety of ages. Our group activities, leadership programs and Outdoor Environmental Education programs provide the perfect opportunity to enable children to learn outside of the classroom in a beautiful mountain setting.

 

Bringing the classroom outside is an important part of a students learning experience. Our Outdoor Education programs provide the perfect opportunity to enable children to learn outside of the classroom in a beautiful mountainous setting. Our programs can be tailored around a specific focus to meet your curriculum needs while engaging campers and allowing them to play an active role in their learning.

Southwest Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Montrose/Crawford

Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million
years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Cortez

Crow Canyon's educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that everyone's history matters. Crow Canyon's award-winning experiential education programs for schools include one-day field trips and overnight programs lasting from two to five days. In addition, Crow Canyon offers three different summer camps for middle and high school students and programs for adult lifelong learners.

All our school and teen programs include hands-on activities that bring the past to life and articulate with national curriculum standards. Many programs actively engage students in real archaeological research in the field and/or the laboratory. The Crow Canyon curriculum was developed in consultation with American Indians, ensuring that their cultural perspectives are represented and respected.

Durango Nature Studies

Durango

Durango Nature Studies offers two-session science and nature education programs for grades K-5 in which students learn about science topics and local habitats through hands-on activities in the classroom and field. Topics covered correlate to Colorado and national science education standards for each grade.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Alamosa

Containing the tallest dunes in North America, and one of the most fragile and complex dune systems in the world, this park provides special opportunities for recreation, exploration, and education in the highly resilient dune mass and adjoining creek environments.

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Baca, Alamosa, and Monte Vista

One of over 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, these areas are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specifically for wildlife. They are a living heritage, conserving wildlife and habitat for people today and generations to come.

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