SOLE Partners

Partners work with SOLE schools and Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff to schedule and provide field trips, in-class programs, and activities at Family Nature Nights. They play an essential role in connecting families to local outdoor opportunities in all areas of the state!

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Great Outdoors Colorado

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Their independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife to make programs such as SOLE possible. A huge thanks to our partners at GOCO!

A&H Adventures

Denver

A&H Adventures supports us at many of our Family Nature Nights by providing families with the safe, fun opportunity to try archery. In order to help people reestablish a connection to nature and the outdoors, A&H Adventures offers a wide variety of educational workshops and community events that illuminate the amazing experiences an outdoor adventure can offer.  

Aiken Audubon Society

Colorado Springs

The Aiken Audubon Society serves the residents of Colorado Springs in the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Audubon Society.  They present programs to birders and other nature lovers eight times a year (September – May, except December), usually on the third Wednesday of the month at Bear Creek Nature Center.

Arkansas Valley Audubon Society

Pueblo

Arkansas Valley Audubon Society serves the community of Pueblo.  The organization leads bird walks and bird watching as well as other bird related events throughout the year.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Aspen

ACES' mission is to inspire a life-long commitment to the earth by educating for environmental responsibility, conserving and restoring the balance of natural communities, and advancing the ethic that the earth must be respected and nurtured.

Audubon Society of Greater Denver

Denver

As a chapter of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD) inspires the metro community to connect with nature through education, conservation, and research. With the Audubon Nature Center located on the S. Platte River, both wildlife and field trip/classroom programs are abundant.  From Bird Banding Trips to Eco-system Explorations and Beaver Habitat Investigations, ASGD strives to connect children with nature through hands-on programming.

City of Aurora Morrison Nature Center

Aurora

The mission of the Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Department is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Brighton

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (BCR) focuses on bird conservation and related education topics.  With a banding station located at Barr Lake State Park, BCRs opportunities for students to learn about birds, migration, and hands-on banding makes for a great field trip.

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.

BookTrails

Steamboat Springs

BookTrails is a non-profit organization that promotes a love of literacy. At BookTrails, students are able to experience and feel as though they are the main character in their favorite story—whether it be building a survival shelter, running through a stream bed, or sketching in a meadow.   By using reading and writing as a tool to teach environmental principals, our students are given a unique perspective to view both literature and the natural world.

City and County of Broomfield Open Space and Trails

Broomfield

The mission of the Open Space and Trails Department is to acquire open space and create a comprehensive trail system that allows for the enjoyment of the outdoors and promotes a healthy environment for people, nature, and community.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Butterfly Pavilion

Westminster

The Butterfly Pavilion is a unique invertebrate zoo in Westminster that educates students about all things bugs: bug basics, life cycles, and habitat requirements for insects.

Catamount Institute 

Colorado Springs

A mountain campus dedicated to ecological stewardship, research, education, and leadership. Using innovative research, current events, and lessons consistent with Colorado Department of Education Science Standards, the Catamount Institute encourages people to think about their relationship to the environment via hands-on learning.

CaveSim

Manitou Springs

Invented by a caver & MIT engineer, CaveSim makes highly realistic artificial caves that teach STEM concepts. Interactive electronic formations, fauna, & artifacts teach conservation in 60’ of
multi-level passage. Computer scoring tracks which formations you “damage” as you explore. Vie for “most careful caver” while learning & having fun.

Chico Basin

Colorado Springs

Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre family-run, working cattle ranch that operates on the high prairie outside of Colorado Springs, home to diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, coyote, badgers, and more. In addition to the cattle business, the Chico offers education, farming, recreation, sporting, arts, and hospitality programs.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mission is to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

One of the SOLE program’s goals is to bring SOLE 4th grade students to a Colorado State Park or Hatchery.  Many of our state parks and hatcheries around the state have generously offered their time and education programs to our SOLE students.

City of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

The City of Colorado Springs and their Parks & Recreation department therein, is home to a variety of public landscapes that illustrate the beauty of Colorado ecosystems.

Colorado Springs Utilities

Colorado Springs

We've been a community-owned, not-for-profit, four-service utility provider in the Pikes Peak region since 1924. We supply the energy (natural gas and electricity) and water (drinking water and wastewater) services for Colorado Springs.

We offer free educational programs designed to augment your existing curriculum. These programs meet Colorado Department of Education Academic Standards and Common Core State Standards wherever possible.

Colorado State Forest Service

The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations.  We are a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Cortez

The City of Colorado Springs and their Parks & Recreation department therein, is home to a variety of public landscapes that illustrate the beauty of Colorado ecosystems.

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 hosts field trips and in-class presentation focusing on ecosystems, plants, and flower knowledge to help SOLE students learn about the flora around them.

Dinosaur Ridge

Morrison

The mission of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is to educate the public about, and ensure the preservation of, the natural and historic resources of Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and the surrounding areas. 

El Paso County's Bear Creek Nature Center and Fountain Creek Nature Center

Colorado Springs

Bear Creek Nature Center and Fountain Creek Nature Center both offer a unique look at local ecosystems and wildlife. They offer exhibits, interpretive programs, special events, tours, and environmental education programs for school groups.

Environmental Learning for Kids

Denver

The Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) inspires, educates and transforms youth through exposing them to science and environmental educational programs.

Eureka!  McConnell Science Museum

Grand Junction

Inspiring a passion and respect for math and science in our communities.

Four Mile Historic Park

Denver

Four Mile Historic Park's mission is to educate a diverse community through experiences which promote preservation, interpretation and enjoyment of Denver’s western heritage.

Friends of Youth and Nature

Hotchkiss

Our mission is to: promote healthy lifestyles; educate our community about environmental issues; provide stewardship opportunities; pursue funding to support our partners programming efforts; provide a platform to collaborate, and connect partners with educators, students, and parents.  

Gardens on Spring Creek

Fort Collins

For over a decade, the Gardens on Spring Creek has grown as a special place and source of positive, engaging, and creative opportunities for people to connect with plants and with each other.

Grand Valley Audubon

Grand Junction

The Grand Valley Audubon Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit based in Grand Junction, Colorado. We strive to foster an appreciation for birds and other wildlife, preserve a diversity of habitats, and provide a sustainable healthy environment through education, research and individual action.

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. Guidestone’s Farmhands Youth Education Programs build a community of learning, sharing, and celebration. Our summer camps, workshops, field trips and special events provide youth and adults with the opportunity to “dig in”, learning about the art and science of grown food and the importance of supporting local farms and ranches.

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 relationships of all living things, of working together as a team, and of growing positively as a person.

History Colorado

The History Colorado Center in Denver is home to interactive exhibitions, programs for kids and adults, special events and cultural performances, and a research center that’s a portal to our vast collections of books, manuscripts, photography, documents, maps, and other artifacts.

At seven Community Museums around the state, History Colorado shares the stories of the countless cultures that have made Colorado’s landscapes their home and shaped Colorado’s past—and still shape its present and future.

Jefferson County Open Space Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Golden

Lookout Mountain Nature Center (LMNC) promotes conservation of Jefferson County’s open spaces through educational programs and exhibits though 134 acres of Ponderosa pines and mountain meadows. Wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and a team of dedicated naturalists to help visitors experience and interpret it all are part of what makes LMNC a special place within Jefferson County.

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. 

Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve

Littleton

Our Mission – To develop, fund, build, operate and promote an on-site museum and interpretative center at the Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve.

City of Lakewood's Bear Creek Lake Park

Lakewood

Bear Creek Lake Park is the ideal outdoor classroom. Their close proximity to Denver and the mountains, along with their hands-on experiential field trips are designed to provide a fun outdoor learning environment.

Majestic View Nature Center

Arvada

A part of the City of Arvada, Majestic View Nature Center has hands-on displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid's activity area, classrooms and meeting spaces. Connected is the Majestic View Community Park with over 80 acres home to a lake and wetland areas, a beautiful demonstration garden, interpretive trails, prairie grasses, beautiful views and many wildlife species.  Whether you are discovering local wildlife, on a walk or participating in one of our many classes, visiting is always a fun and educational experience. 

Montezuma School to Farm Project

Mancos

The Montezuma School to Farm Project unites the local agricultural heritage with the growing future by engaging students at the crossroads of sustainable agriculture, resource conservation, health, and economics through educational experiences in outdoor garden classes, on field trips, through youth farmers markets and in summer farm camp. 

Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative

Alma

The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, through cooperative efforts, seeks to conserve unique natural areas, preserve historic & cultural sites, promote diverse recreation and develop community business opportunities.

Mountain Side Gear Rental

Golden

Mountain Side Gear Rental's mission is to make outdoor experiences affordable, accessible and memorable. Adventurers from around the global in need of tents, backpacking gear or any other camping equipment, find value in our inventory of premium brand name equipment, including award-winning gear from brands like Big Agnes, Mountainsmith, GSI Outdoors and Lawson Hammock.

Mountain Studies Institute

Silverton

Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is an independent not-for-profit mountain research and education center established in 2002 in Silverton, Colorado. MSI develops science that people can use to address environmental issues facing the San Juan Mountains.

Museums of Western Colorado

Grand Junction

The Museums of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past fifty years we have grown to include three major museum facilities –   Cross Orchards Historic Site, Dinosaur Journey Museum, and the Museum of the West; a respected research library – the Loyd Files Research Library; and four active outdoor paleontology sites. We offer a multitude of programs featuring dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming, and historic and cultural trips and tours, ranging from local to international.

National Mining Hall of Fame

Leadville

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development, and processing of our nation's natural resources. Our mission is to "tell the story of mining, its people, its importance to the American public, and to society's sustainability." 

National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners like SOLE to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS provides America's farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, not only in helping the environment but agricultural operations too.

Nature's Educators

Sedalia

Nature's Educators is a 501c3 non-profit educational wildlife program. Our mission is to teach anyone and everyone about the importance of birds of prey. We strive to get audiences excited to learn about wildlife.

Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

Pueblo/Beulah

The Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship and population health through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation and outdoor recreation. NWDC offers three diverse, outdoor-learning environments spanning across Pueblo County, including our Mountain Park Campus (Beulah), River Campus and Raptor Center (Pueblo).

Otero Junior College STEM Program

La Junta

Our mission is to encourage and inspire more of our best and brightest students, especially those from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups to study in the STEM fields.

Poudre Learning Center

Greeley

The Poudre Learning Center is a premier facility for interdisciplinary learning focusing on the importance of history, science, economics, stewardship and aesthetics of the Cache la Poudre River and Northeastern Colorado. The PLC develops and offers interdisciplinary education programs aimed at reinforcing concepts presented in local school curriculums. Utilizing the Poudre River as a focal point, students explore environments through the use of labs, activities, and trips.

Powerhouse Science Center

Durango

Located on the banks of the Animas River in an historic coal-fired steam-power AC generating plant, The Powerhouse presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at science — past, present, and future.

Pueblo Zoo

Pueblo

The Pueblo Zoo is an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facility that covers twenty-five acres in the southwest quadrant of Pueblo City Park. It is home to more than 420 animals representing over 120 different species from around the world.

Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative

Monte Vista

We strive to provide dynamic conservation education to the San Luis Valley community through collaboration, connections, and experiences that enhance understanding of our working landscapes and natural resource stewardship.

RiversEdge West

Grand Junction

RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) advances the restoration of riparian lands through education, collaboration and technical assistance. The focus os on riparian forest and floodplain health in the American West to address impacts from invasive riparian (riverside) plants such as Russian olive and tamarisk, challenges associated with climate change and habitat fragmentation, and stressors that may result in diminished biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Basalt

Since 1996, Roaring Fork Conservancy has inspired people to explore, value, and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. We bring people together to protect our rivers and work hard to keep water in local streams, monitor water quality, and preserve riparian habitat.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Colorado Springs

Rocky Mountain Field Institute conserves and protects public lands in Southern Colorado through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education, and restoration research.

San Juan Mountains Association

Durango

We commit to building an organization widely recognized for conservation education and sustainability programs by: providing a broad range of rich and enjoyable programs, inspiring people to work together to respect and enjoy the land, and treating staff and supporters with respect and decency while nurturing their growth.

SOS Outreach

Eagle

SOS Outreach provides year-round, outdoor sports to engage students in long-term mentor based relationships while integrating outdoor ideals with character development and social development.

South Park National Heritage Area

Fairplay

The purpose of the South Park National Heritage Area is to conserve South Parkʹs heritage resources and use them to generate new economies.

South Suburban Parks and Rec

Littleton

South Platte Park offers opportunities for students to get their hands dirty with on-site gold-panning along with learning about water ecosystems.

Tread of Pioneers Museum

Steamboat Springs

The Tread of Pioneers Museum offers insight into the life of the pioneers that lived in Colorado while celebrating the Western way of life. The museum uses exhibits, tours, events and children activities to help you step back in time.

Trout Unlimited- Collegiate Peaks Chapter

Upper Arkansas Valley

The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited works in the upper Arkansas River Valley in central Colorado. The chapter has over 300 members. Its projects run from doing habitat restoration and stream access maintenance to advocating for responsible public policies, and working with a variety of agencies on conservation projects. We offer fly fishing classes, a middle school enrichment program called “Stream Explorers”, have a womens’ group called FlyGals, and sponsor youth fishing derbies. Volunteers put in over 3,000 hours/year. The chapter also provides up to $12,000 annually for scholarships.

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership

Ridgway

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership exists to help protect the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.  The Partnership works to inform and engage all stakeholders and solicits input from diverse interests to ensure collaborative restoration efforts in the watershed.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,988-acre National Wildlife Refuge located adjacent to Commerce City, Colorado, in the United States. It is approximately 8 miles northeast of downtown Denver.

U.S. Forest Service

The US Forest Service represents a multifaceted and multi-use agency, aiming to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. THE USFS has been a great partner in helping with support for SOLE Family Nature Nights.

Walking Mountains Science Center

Avon

The Walking Mountains Science Center provides a scientific understanding of the mountain ecosystem through sustainability programs and  exploring nature.

West Greeley Conservation District

Greeley

The West Greeley Conservation District mission is to provide leadership and guidance in the conservation and management of natural resources through research, education, financial assistance, and on the ground conservation practices. In short: We help landowners be good stewards of the land.

Western Slope Conservation Center

Paonia

The mission of the Western Slope Conservation Center is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

Wild Within Reach

Denver

The mission is to reconnect children and adults to nature in their own community. Wild Within Reach strives to cultivate a lifelong love of nature and promote more time and connection with the outdoors. 

Wildfire Adapted Partnership

Durango

Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) inspires, motivates, educates and serves individuals, organizations and communities joining together to protect lives and property from wildfire.

Yampatika

Steamboat Springs

Yampatika’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through education, intending to advance environmental literacy in our state. Yampatika continues to be the only non-profit organization that offers a continuum of educational services to children and adults ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizens in Routt, Moffat and Jackson Counties.

YMCA of the Rockies

Snow Mountain Ranch

Their core values are: Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. They offer unifying experiences for families, educational and recreational services and traditional summer camping experiences for boys and girls.