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E Providers

E Providers listed below have been vetted by the E Movement and Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts in their experience providing exceptional programming which connects students to the natural world. You may select a number of filters to narrow down which provider is the best fit for you.

  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

    Since 2009, WRV has provided service-learning programs for k-12 youth. Most programs are free, typically include field-based stewardship and environmental education, and can be tailored to meet your educational needs. We also offer school-based programs such as student-designed native plant gardens.

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  • Garden to Table

    Since 2006, Garden to Table (previously known as Growe Foundation) has provided garden-based, grade specific lesson programs to elementary schools. Our outdoor garden programs are currently at 20 area schools – 19 in BVSD. The program costs are $7,000/yr/school. The schools each pay approx. 10%/yr and Garden to Table fundraises 90%.

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  • Entrepreneurial Earth LLC

    Martin can provide many free programs for Lafayette schools / groups. He can provide a range of “traditional” EE programs such as local flora and fauna, ecology, stream study, etc., and others (some with fees) such as “Making a Living and a Life; A new view of environmental careers,” “Energy and Life,” and Gaia Theory (Earth systems science).

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  • Cottonwood Institute

    Cottonwood Institute offers middle and high school classes and trips that transform the way public school students are empowered to become leaders and problem solvers. The CAP class provides students connection to their community, the environment, their peers, and themselves through project based service learning and outdoor exploration. Cottonwood Institute also offers field programs (camping and day trips) separate from a class.

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  • Thorne Nature Experience

    Thorne Nature Experience, founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, builds Earth stewardship by providing youth with joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences that foster an emotional connection to nature. Thorne provides standards-based programs through its award winning In-School, After School, and Field Trip programs. Thorne ensures Nature for ALL by providing scholarships for students, classrooms, and schools.

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  • Eco-Cycle

    Eco-Cycle’s School Recycling and Environmental Education Program provides K-12th grade classroom presentations and field trips, free to Boulder County public schools. Topics include recycling, composting, litter prevention, air quality, energy conservation, water conservation and forest ecology.

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  • Cal-Wood Education Center

    Cal-Wood provides environmental and STEM education using our 1,200 acres as our outdoor classroom. For over 35 years, Cal-Wood has used hands-on, field-based exploration to help students gain a greater appreciation of the environment. We have scholarship money available for low-income schools.

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  • Ocean First Institute

    Ocean First Institute works to increase youth (K-12) marine science literacy and conservation stewardship through hands-on and empowering educational programs led by staff scientists. We bring the ocean to the classroom through programs on shark adaptations, coral reef ecology, plastic pollution, climate change, watershed health, and more!

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  • Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

    Wild Bear fosters life-long learning and appreciation of the environment by working with PreK – High School students in and out of the classroom. Join us in the mountains outdoors at Mud Lake or let us visit your classroom to have fun exploring through art and science integrated activities.

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  • The Kiva Center

    The Kiva Center’s School Outreach Program facilitates K-12 interdisciplinary classroom workshops and school-wide campaigns that inspire environmental stewardship and place-making. Topics range from soil biology, zero-waste, water science, to ecological garden design.

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  • Jeff and Paige

    Their exciting fun-filled concerts and CDs are filled with love of the outdoors and ecology, bringing concepts like insect anatomy, energy conservation and plate tectonics to the whole classroom. Jeff and Paige offer a variety of different assemblies for elementary school students.

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  • Boulder County Parks and Open Space

    Boulder County Parks and Open Space has been providing programs for students of all ages for over 40 years. We provide free hands-on classroom and outdoor field trips to our open space sites across the county. Bus cost assistance available for BVSD and SVVSD schools.

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  • City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

    For over 20 years, City of Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks has provided free environmental education outdoor field trips & classroom programs for ages preK – 12 for schools & community groups. Programs meet Colorado Academic Standards. Details & program topic list on our website.

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  • Growing Gardens

    Since 1998, Growing Gardens has served the Boulder County community through urban agricultural programs. We work with PreK through high school students and all programming is standards based. Our programs offer hands-on place-based field trips, classroom visits and service learning opportunities that reconnect participants with the source of the food they eat, organic gardening, environmental stewardship and the importance of biodiversity and community. All programming is standards based. We are able to offer free and reduced fee programming for program participants.

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  • WOW! Children’s Museum

    Founded in 1996, WOW! Children’s Museum engages all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity, and discovery. The Museum’s playful learning environment engages children from infancy through elementary school with age-appropriate experiences in math, science, relationship building, empathy and compassion, art and creativity. Our new outdoor garden space will provide a place for children to enjoy the natural environment, learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and activity, and promote care of the environment.

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