Lil’ Explorers: A Parent and Child Nature Play Program - STARTING MARCH 19!

Give a child a special place in nature, along with a few sticks, and the freedom to explore, and discover how the light of imagination ignites! Join Thorne’s experienced early childhood educators, as we guide you and your child into the magic of nature play in Lil’ Explorers.

Lil’ Explorers is full for the Spring season. Please check out our Parent and Child summer camps below and stay tuned for a new series of Lil’ Explorers programs coming this Fall!

Ages: 3-5 year olds.

Although this program is designed to be most appropriate for 3-5 year olds, there is flexibility for children close in age and/or younger siblings.

Times: 9:30am-11:30am


  • Tuesday March 19 (FULL)

  • Tuesday April 9

  • Tuesday April 30 (FULL)

  • Thursday May 2 (FULL)

  • Friday May 10 (FULL)

  • Thursday May 16 (FULL)

Meeting Location(s): Bobolink Trail (near East Boulder Community Center) or Sombrero Marsh; exact location and details will be sent upon registration

Cost: $10 per child per session

Description: Play in nature activates children’s innate curiosity and love of learning while nurturing healthy early childhood development. Through storytelling, movement, songs, craft-making, and play, Thorne's experienced early childhood educators will guide children on a journey to discover the magic of nature. During Lil’ Explorers, we will begin with a group activity to activate the participant’s curiosity and excitement, and then allow the children’s interests and sense of wonder to inspire the remainder of our adventures. This program is all about discovery, imagination, play, and letting kids be kids!

Limit of 10 children per day.

Summer Parent and Child Programs- starting June 4

With Thorne’s one-day, two-hour Parent and Child “Camp Experiences,” you and your preschool-age child can enjoy the adventures of Thorne Summer Camp together. Thorne instructors experienced in early childhood education will be your guides to explore the diversity of Colorado’s Foothills environments. These early experiences in a mini-camp setting are designed to instill awareness and wonder for the natural world and cultivate parents’ and children’s relationships with nature. Discovery happens through arts and crafts, free exploration, and age-appropriate stories and games. Be ready to get dirty, have fun, and safely explore the great outdoors with your child!

Ages: 3-5 year olds

Times: 9:30am-11:30am

Days of the Week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the summer

Meeting Locations: Various locations in Boulder

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