Please click on each partners’ logo below for a description of their programs and link to their website.
ACE is the national leader in high school climate science education.We’re an award-winning national nonprofit dedicated to educating America’s high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way. We’re based in Oakland, California, with educator teams in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, New England, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin.ACE delivers two core offerings: the ACE Assembly and Student Action Program.
We are home to over 5,000 animals! Embark on an adventure to the realm of Rosie, our famous tarantula. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. Explore our tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies rule the sky! End your journey in our gardens and nature trail where you’re sure to see critters of all kinds.Butterfly Pavilion showcases small wonders with BIG roles! The majority of our residents may be small, but invertebrates, animals without backbones, make up 97% of all animal species on the planet! Our zoo is designed to showcase the diversity of these small wonders, their habitats, and the BIG role they play in ensuring the health of our environment.We are located just 20 minutes north of Denver and 20 minutes south of Boulder in Colorado.
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) stretches from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the suburbs of Denver.BVSD stands as a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools, and programs that support student achievement.
Excellence and equity … that’s our promise.
Consistently ranks among the top three of Colorado’s large Front Range school districts – and often as the TOP district – as measured by state and national academic rankings..Each year, BVSD’s graduates are awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and score well above the state and national averages on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams.
Boulder County is home to nearly 300,000 residents and includes some of the most diverse, natural landscapes and sustainable development along the Front Range. From visionary open space, land use and sustainability policies to forward-thinking public services programs, our county government helps foster a vibrant, healthy and active community.
“We aspire to engage a robust community in the responsible enjoyment of Colorado Mountains and greater outdoor adventures.”
The Colorado Mountain Club works to ensure that current and future generations have the access and ability to enjoy Colorado’s open spaces and outdoor activities.As one of Colorado’s oldest organizations, the Colorado Mountain Club focuses on conservation, advocacy, youth and adult education, and outdoor recreation adventures.
The Cottonwood Institute (CI) is an award-winning 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado.CI is on a mission to connect students to the outdoors and empower them to take action to improve their schools, the community, and the environment for future generations.CI’s vision is to inspire a new generation of 21st century leaders who are environmentally aware, civically engaged, and empowered to make a positive impact within their communities.
Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation.We were created 37 years ago by everyday residents who had a passionate belief in conserving our natural resources. These Eco-Cycle volunteers brought recycling to town in 1976, making Boulder one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. We continue to be driven by these same passions and innovative actions.
As a professional organization for environmental educators, the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) facilitates communication, cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among the varied environmental education programs in the state.
CAEE was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1989 to serve the shared interests of public agencies, businesses, teachers, community organizations and individuals distributing and using environmental education materials and programs. It is a neutral and objective source of information related to environmental education in Colorado, and a voice for EE’s important role in the balance between societal needs and environmental quality.
CAEE is growing thanks to the more than 850 members from across Colorado. Our members include teachers, students, nonformal educators, public agency employees, businesses, retirees, and many more. Please join us – all are welcome! Members may also participate on the advisory council and committees. Contact CAEE staff with questions about programs or services.
CAEE works to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.
“Connecting people to the wonders and workings of the natural world while developing community, scientific knowledge and an environmental stewardship ethic.”
We are a science and community-based group of educators who believe that the best teacher is experience followed by reflection and group discussion. We build relationships FIRST. We weave in fun and adventure while creating meaningful learning opportunities. We are not a new company. We’ve been around for quite awhile under other names, school districts and organizations.Experiential Learning Associates grew out of our love of the natural world and desire to work with students and teachers. As William O. Douglas said best, I learned that adventure calls on all of the faculties of mind, body and spirit.
CU Science Discovery is a science education outreach program of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education. Founded in 1983 to heighten young students’ interest in science, CU Science Discovery coordinates an array of programs that connect K-12 students and teachers to current CU science. Each program utilizes CU scientific expertise, equipment, resources and graduate or undergraduate students in order to provide K-12 students and teachers with unique, hands-on science experiences.
All programs are designed to be highly interactive and relevant, in order to engage students in the scientific process while connecting them to the science and technology present in their everyday lives.Through hands-on summer camps and after-school classes, teacher workshops, school programs, and community outreach events, Science Discovery impacts approximately 30,000 students, teachers and community members throughout Colorado each year.
The mission of the Growe Foundation is to use experiential learning to educate children about the benefits of healthy eating and environmental stewardship.The vision of the Growe Foundation is to unite people around a shared goal of creating healthier children, schools, communities and planet.
Education comes in many forms throughout a child’s life, and Growe believes that experiential learning is crucial to shaping child’s understanding, values and behavior. By providing children with engaging educational experiences that connect them to food, how it’s grown and why fruits and vegetables are essential to their diet, we aim to address the childhood health issues and the environmental problems facing society.
The Keep It Clean Partners are a group of communities located along the Colorado Front Range dedicated to protecting water quality and reducing stormwater pollution.Why is this important? Because, as stated by the EPA, stormwater pollution is the #1 source of water pollution in the country. It is so important that the EPA has developed national standards for regulating stormwater that flows over communities in urbanized areas. Stormwater pollution–it’s a big deal!
Maintaining clean water is critical to both our health and the health of our ecosystems.The partnership communities of Boulder, Boulder County, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, and Superior are mandated by the EPA (under the Clean Water Act) to address stormwater pollution issues. And by joining together, the partners have combined resources dedicated to protecting our most precious natural resource.
Growing Gardens is a Boulder-based non-profit organization established in 1998. Growing Gardens mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. Growing Gardens envisions people experiencing a direct and deep connection with plants, the land and each other. Through its many gardening-based programs, Growing Gardens strives to reach gardeners and would-be gardeners of all ages to work alongside the organization and build community through urban agriculture.
Our Mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture.
Our Vision is people experiencing a direct and deep connection with plants, the land and each other.
HawkQuest is a Colorado nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization. HawkQuest’s approach to education in classrooms and lecture halls is participatory, allowing the audience to experience HawkQuest’s eagles, owls, falcons and hawks at close range.
HawkQuest’s goal is to make education both meaningful and fun, while creating an atmosphere which fosters respect for our land and the stewardship of all living things. Our message concerning the importance of biodiversity, of the finality of extinction, and of man’s need to nurture his world is interwoven with discussions of the raptors’ place in our ecosystem. We share this message with hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States each year.
The Longmont Conservation District serves 144 square miles of Boulder County, 126 square miles of Weld County and 20 square miles of Larimer County that was petitioned into the District. There are 73,520 acres of irrigated cropland and 22,600 acres of non-irrigated cropland in the District with another 15,320 acres of range and pasture land. The median size of the farms or ranches in Boulder County is 30 acres. The culture of the Longmont Conservation District has changed from an extensive agricultural community to an increase in urban and small acreage ownership.
Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks are a very special place. The lands teem with native plants and wildlife and are home to threatened and endangered species. They serve as a buffer between Boulder and nearby development. They sustain agriculture uses and add untold benefits to the natural environment – clean air, water, and earth.
The lands shape the urban mosaic of the Boulder Valley and provide citizens with passive recreation opportunities. Trails are used by walkers, hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, dog walkers and other passive recreational uses.
RMBO is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization founded in 1988 to address a need for bird conservation and related public education in the western United States.
A wonderful part of the natural world, birds are also leading indicators of environmental change. Unfortunately, many species are in trouble and need help. RMBO’s biologists, educators and natural resource managers work on solutions for bird and habitat conservation through a full-circle approach of Science, Education and Stewardship. We pursue our mission in collaboration with partners in the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond.
In 1976, the Sierra Club established a nationwide Inner City Outings Program (called ICO for short) to provide safe and fun wilderness trips to those with limited access to the outdoors – especially youth.
Today, the Club has 52 ICO groups nationwide whose volunteer leaders conduct more than 800 outings for approximately 14,000 people each year. By helping these participants discover, enjoy and explore the beauty of natural places, ICO helps the Club build support for environmental protection in urban, suburban and rural communities across the country, supporting John Muir’s assertion that people who experience wilderness first hand are much more likely to preserve it for future generations.
Through ICO, people who would not otherwise be able to spend time in nature learn how to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly. From simple day hikes to weekend camping or longer backpacking trips, ICO offers a range of age-appropriate activities to help underrepresented communities explore, enjoy, and experience feeling connected with the natural places near their homes.
St. Vrain Valley School District is the educational home of more than 30,000 of Colorado’s students. The eighth largest school district in the state, St. Vrain Valley operates 53 schools that are spread over 411 square miles. The makeup of the schools include: 1 Stand Alone Preschool, 26 Elementary, 2 K-8, 7 Middle, 1 Middle/Senior, 8 High, 1 Alternative, and 6 Charter.
Located approximately 30 miles north of Denver, the District is geographically diverse. Its physical boundaries extend from the Continental Divide into the plains of Colorado. Adding to its scenic setting are historic downtown Longmont and the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park and Longs Peak.
Our mission at The Kitchen Community is “Community Through Food.” If we feel providing a Learning Garden to your school or community will benefit our founding mission, then we will carefully review your application and criteria. Schools and/or organizations must have a minimum of a 60 percent FRL (Free and Reduced Lunch) or low income ratio to be eligible for a full Learning Garden. We also have product discounts available.
Since being founded in 2011, The Kitchen Community (TKC) has impacted approximately 100,000 children with over 167 Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across the U.S. These Learning Gardens serve as attractive outdoor classrooms and experiential play spaces with edible vegetables. Here, teachers want to teach and children want to play.
Our mission is to build Earth stewardship by connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences.
Thorne endeavors to teach students how to think, not what to think about nature and the environment. Thorne provides joyful education experiences, because we believe that all students learn best while having fun. Thorne teaches in nature or uses nature artifacts to teach in the classroom, because we believe nature provides an engaging, enjoyable venue for discovery. Thorne believes that inspiring an excitement and passion for education in our students helps support their growth as life-long learners. Thorne’s programs encourage hands-on learning, because we believe that meaningful education grows out of experience – when students use their senses to touch, hear, see, or smell something in nature, they can more deeply understand it. Finally, Thorne teaches place-based education, because we believe that direct association with the local environment is not only the best way to build a lasting connection to the natural world but is also fundamental to understanding and relating to global environmental issues.
The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is an academic unit of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a mission to contribute to knowledge of the natural world and the humanities through research, teaching, and public education. The Museum’s collections number more than four million objects in anthropology/archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, vertebrates and invertebrates.
The University of Colorado Museum offers a wide variety of K-12 and adult educational programs and activities throughout the year, including lectures, family days, and guided tours. The exhibition galleries are open to the public seven days a week, free of charge. The Museum and Field Studies Graduate Program offers students an opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree or a certificate in Museum Studies.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) sits nestled against Boulder, Colorado’s famous Flatirons and the foothills to the Rocky Mountains. NCAR welcomes the public seven days a week to its Visitor Center, which offers exhibits, guided tours, and audio tours.
The atmospheric and related sciences are increasingly relevant to our prosperity, security, and sustainability as a nation and as part of the global community. Spark at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) helps to connect the advances and innovations developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Member Universities to the needs and priorities of a diverse people by helping them to learn, understand, and apply these advances and innovations. Like UCAR and NCAR, Spark seeks to serve the university community by catalyzing efforts and building tools that expand the capability of universities, while also pursuing our own pioneering work.
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center is the only non-profit nature center in Boulder County.
Since 1995, Wild Bear’s mission is to provide year round educational programs to people of all ages fostering a life-long appreciation of the environment and promoting an environmentally aware and ecologically sound community. Wild Bear’s passionate roots in science education and the preservation of Colorado began as a small program serving 24 children in the summer of 1995, growing to serve over thousands of people of all ages every year. Wild Bear’s inspirational vision was founded on the belief that learning occurs every day, all day and throughout our lives.
Cal-Wood’s mission is to offer a unique outdoor educational experience to youth and adults in a manner that will carry on the vision of Roger and Oral Calvert. To this end Cal-Wood’s goals are: (1) to help all who come to Cal-Wood develop a greater appreciation for the natural world; (2) to offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it; and (3) to provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting.
While Cal-Wood’s main focus is to provide unique outdoor education programs to schools throughout the year, our remote and breathtaking setting, combined with cozy accommodations and delicious food, creates the perfect atmosphere for organizational retreats, youth camps and professional development opportunities such as seminars, workshops and conferences.
We seek to encourage diverse youth to live, learn, love and embrace arts and science as an everyday experience! Our work empowers each student to become a steward of our planet while making sure that they empathetically contemplate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines as an inspiring and fulfilling professional career path!
We are a Boulder-based organization that provides educational programs and other consulting services to reach diverse students, families and the general public with personally relevant educational experiences on Colorado’s environment, science and culture. CLACE operates environmental education programs in Boulder-area schools, consults with a variety of organizations on the design of culturally-relevant approaches to education, and works with local media to promote educational opportunities.
Feet on the Earth Programs is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Boulder, Colorado.
We are committed to providing long-term, nature-based mentoring programs with the intention of building a strong, nature-connected community through which we can offer meaningful rites of passage for children, teens, and adults in our community.
We currently offer: after school programs, programs for families that homeschool/unschool, summer camps, and classes for adults and families in earth-living skills, deep nature connection mentoring, and rites of passages.
The ReNew Our Schools Program is an energy conservation competition where students compete to win energy retrofits for their schools. Students compete by conserving electricity in school and in homes in their community. The competition empowers students to learn real-world energy concepts, work with local energy experts and become leaders in their school community.