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List of nature centers in Colorado

This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Colorado.

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Name Location County Region Summary
AWQUA Lounge Aurora Arapahoe Denver area website, open seasonally, operated by the City, watershed and quality of the Aurora Reservoir
Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park Littleton Jefferson Denver area Operated by the Audubon Society of Greater Denver in the 3,895-acre park
Barr Lake Nature Center Brighton Adams Denver area Located in 2,715-acre Barr Lake State Park
Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center Colorado Springs El Paso South-Central Colorado Operated by the County in Bear Creek Regional Park, 2 miles of trails
Bluff Lake Nature Center Denver Denver Denver area 123 acres, urban wildlife refuge
Durango Nature Center Durango La Plata Southwest Colorado website, 142 acres, operated by Durango Nature Studies
Evergreen Nature Center Evergreen Jefferson Denver area website, operated seasonally by Evergreen Audubon, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society
Flagstaff Nature Center Boulder Boulder Central website, operated by the City on Flagstaff Mountain
Fountain Creek Nature Center Colorado Springs El Paso South-Central Colorado website, operated by the County in Fountain Creek Regional Park, exhibits include wetlands, plants, wildlife, weather and climate, and the mountain backdrop
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Colorado Springs El Paso South-Central Colorado 3,300-acre park, exhibits include minerals, geology, plants, local wildlife, Native American culture
Indigo Mountain Nature Center Lake George Park South-Central Colorado website, sanctuary for captive born wildlife, exotic and alternative pets, not open to the public
Lookout Mountain Nature Center Golden Jefferson Denver area website, 110 acres, operated by the County, interactive exhibits about the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem, hands-on play room and observation room
MacGregor Ranch Estes Park Larimer High Rockies website, working cattle ranch, 1896 ranch house museum and historic outbuildings, rock and mineral collections, animal displays, trails
Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park Arvada Jefferson Denver area website, 80 acres, operated by the City, hands-on nature and environmental displays, wildlife exhibits, kid's area, classrooms and meeting space
Morrison Nature Center at the Star K Ranch Aurora Arapahoe Denver area website, 208 acres, operated by the City, seasonally changing exhibits on local plants and animal life, children's play area, live animal exhibits
Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo Pueblo Pueblo Central Located in Rock Canyon on the banks of the Arkansas River, features wildlife rehabilitation facility that specializes in birds of prey
Plains Conservation Center Aurora Arapahoe Denver area 1,100-acre main site with museum and nature center, exhibits on the wildlife, plant life and people of the prairie
South Platte Park Carson Nature Center Littleton Jefferson Denver area website, operated by the Town, over 880 acres of open space and 5 lakes
The Nature Place Florissant Teller South-Central Colorado website, over 6,000 acres, non-profit conference and retreat center dedicated to leadership and team development, providing experiences in natural history and studies of natural systems
Vail Nature Center Vail Eagle High Rockies website, 7 acres, operated by the Town, open seasonally, hosts bird, wildflower and beaver pond hikes
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Nederland Boulder Central website, natural science education programs, separate 5 acre preserve


  • Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

External links

  • Map of nature centers and environmental education centers in Colorado

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