Challenges at the ELC

The ELC is a wonderful place for all types of folks to visit and connect with nature. However, even in our little paradise, we have some challenges.

In this interview by Zoe Shark featuring our staff member, Lauren Hughes, they discuss some of those challenges, and the different ways we overcome them. Check out the link below to read more.

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Feeling the Love

Happy Late Valentine’s Day Nature Nerds! Today, we are thinking about about how much we still love and appreciate nature, even on these windy days. So don’t forget to go outside and enjoy nature! Come on over to the Environmental Learning Center and get the family outside. Some activities that you and your family can do out here include, walking around the property (you might see some cool deer!), bird watching (the Red-Winged Blackbirds may be coming back to town), enjoying the sounds of the river, or even conduct a cool science experiment!

Check out this cool website for some science experiments you can do with your kids at home.



Winter Staff Retreat 2018

Last weekend the ELC staff spent time together during the annual winter staff retreat up in Red Feather Lakes. In addition to preparing for programs this spring semester, ELC staff reflected on their values as a foundation for personal and professional goals. Taking the time to evaluate our mission as instructors, students, and as an organization is essential for reaching the goals we set. It is a great practice for everyone, especially in light of the new year!

Together with a slippery game of broomball and other thrilling activities, the ELC staff is excited to begin the spring semester. We hope to see you at soon at the Environmental Learning Center and upcoming ELC events!


FAN Day 2017

Looking for a fun way to spend the first Saturday in November? Join us for Families About Nature (FAN) Day this Saturday, November 4th from 10am-1pm to enjoy free activities with your family on the trails at the Environmental Learning Center.

Activities will include a wildlife ID scavenger hunt, a compass course, miniature raft building to float down the Poudre, arts and crafts and much more! We’ll finish up the day with a pizza lunch provided for all participants.

Please click here to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough fun and food to go around!

New School Year, Nature’s Harvest Fest, and E-CAMP

Welcome back to a new school year! We look forward to the many programs we will teach this year as we share nature with children and all who are in the ELC community. Thank you for being invested in our mission and the many opportunities to enjoy nature all around Fort Collins and Northern Colorado.

This last Saturday, September 16th, the ELC participated with Nature’s Harvest Fest at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The ELC loves to participate with the children of families who attend this event. We provided animal furs, skulls, and our classic Gerdy the Great Blue Heron for the attendees to explore. We were able to connect with many new families interested in our programs. Despite the rain and truly “Fall” temperatures, the event was certainly a success.

The ELC is looking for students 6th through 8th grade who are interested in developing outdoor and environmental skills, want to build lifelong friendships with common interests, and who simply cannot get enough of the ELC. If you are or have a middle school student, look into our E-CAMP program (here… that is specifically for YOU. We have three amazing programs throughout the Fall semester, and would love to see you there!

Always feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or feedback you may have. Above all, make sure to come out and enjoy the ELC this season!

Carpe Diem

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our annual volunteer event, Carpe Diem! It was a huge success. We got a ton done – gardening, removal of invasive species, and changed our signs! We couldn’t have done it without Kappa Kappa Gamma and a troop of local girl scouts. You guys rock, and we appreciate your hard work.

Wildlife Camera Snapshots

A camera trap planted at the CSU ELC has caught some critters! Can you spot them all? Many thanks to Chris Schell, Ashley Gramza, and the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology for providing us with these amazing pictures. 

E-Camp registration is now open!

Registration for E-Camp is now open! We will be adventuring in nature, developing our outdoor skills, and working on personal development, all while enjoying the company of our friends. This Spring we will be learning snowshoeing and winter skills, outdoor skills and leadership, mountain biking and enjoying an overnight at the ELC. Our Summer E-Camp program will even include an overnight trip at CSU’s Mountain Campus!

Visit for more information and to register.

ELC news and staff bonding!

Hello there! We here at the Environmental Learning Center are excited for another year of outdoor fun.

The ELC staff spent last weekend on a retreat at Red Feather Lakes. We had a great time bonding over broomball on the frozen lake and eating delicious food. We left feeling motivated and re-energized for our many upcoming programs,

Come say hello tomorrow (January 28th) between 10 and 4 at Bath Garden Center and Nursery, where we will have an activity booth at their annual Bird Festival. Hope to see you there!

New Year’s Resolution

As we approach the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, we at the Environmental Learning Center are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. As we reflect on the past year, we reaffirm our mission to connect people with nature. We achieve this mission by providing school field trips, scout programs, school out day camps, after school programs and summer day camps. Through these programs, we reached nearly 5,000 people in 2016!

In 2017, our overall goal is to continue providing quality environmental education programs to the community. We aim to steadily grow our summer camp program, increase connections with local schools and school teachers, and increase free and reduced-cost opportunities to under-served and low-income schools. Perhaps our most ambitious undertaking, we will seek ways to effectively engage middle and high school aged youth in environmental education, groups that often fall through the cracks in environmental education.

We at the ELC are committed to being a valuable community resource for many years to come. Please consider making a year-end, tax deductible donation to help us achieve our goals for 2017.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, we hope they include spending more time outside and connecting with nature. See you all in 2017!


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