NKJN offers middle and high schools students the opportunity to contribute back to their community and the environment, gain leadership skills and job training and experience, and have fun and make even make some money!



Grades: 6th – 12th

This 1 year program includes career exploration and skill-building, and leadership development

Nature Kids is currently seeking applicants for a newly established Youth Advisory Board, which will be responsible for ensuring Lafayette youth have access to quality outdoor education opportunities. The Board, which will comprise 12 Lafayette secondary students, will distribute mini-grants to local entities, evaluate Nature Kids programming, and advise future programming among other tasks. Members will meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and on the second Saturday (times and location TBD) of each month. Applicants must either reside in Lafayette or attend a Lafayette middle or high school.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

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Ages 14-18 years old

Join expert educators from Thorne Nature Experience and help to deliver After School programs on nature, gardening, animals, and outdoor recreation at Sanchez, Pioneer and Ryan Elementary. Twelve week School Year Environmental Education Corps positions are available beginning in September and December ($250 stipend for each 12 week program, 2 hours per week)

Apply now to be considered for programs beginning in September and before November 30 for programs beginning in January.

Partner: Thorne Nature Experience

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Ages: 16-19 years old

This 8-week program includes career exploration and skill-building, leadership development and paid employment ($1500 stipend for Corps members).

The 2019 Summer EE Corps will complete the following: training at Cal-Wood Education Center (May 28 – June 1); assist with youth summer camps around Lafayette (June 3 – 7, June 24 – 28, and July 8 – 12); help at Cal-wood Family Camps (June 22 – 23, July 6-7, August 3- 4); work with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (June 17 – 21); raft down the Colorado River (August 5-9); and research at CU’s High Alpine Research Center (July 29 – August 2).

Apply before April 26 to be considered for the program. 

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Ages 14+

Join the Boulder County Youth Corps as a member of their Lafayette Corps and help to care for parks trails and open spaces in Lafayette. (pay is $10.20/hour for first year corps members and increases with experience)

Apply before April 1 to be considered for the program. It is recommended that you contact Carlos Lerma at for assistance with the application and a recommendation from Nature Kids.

Partner: City of Lafayette Open Space and Boulder County Youth Corps

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Grades 9 – 12 // July 1 – 26, Monday – Friday

Jump start your science career! Conduct an environmental science research project, work with CU Boulder researchers, participate in a research methods class, and present at a science poster session.

Apply before April 16 to be considered for the program. 

Partner: CU Boulder, Bus pass provided

To apply, complete the application provided in the link below. Please specify that you are part of Nature Kids Lafayette.

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Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 – 12 // Wednesday, March 20

Plant willows along the banks of a creek to restore areas damaged in the 2013 flood and prevent future erosion! We will be exploring the creek – getting muddy is optional but highly encouraged! Pick-up/Drop-off : Coal Creek Trail (Centaur Circle at Centaur Village Drive), 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

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Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 – 12 // Saturday, April 20

Join Nautre Kids Lafayette as we team up to plant willows along the banks of a creek to restore areas damaged in the 2013 flood and prevent future erosion! We will be exploring the creek-getting muddy is optional but highly encouraged!! Pick-up/Drop-off: Waneka Lake (1600 Caria Dr. Lafayette, CO 80026), 9:00am – 3:00pm

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

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Family-Friendly Restoration Project

All Ages // Saturday, June 29

Join Lafayette families in transforming the Sanchez school yard into a nature play area. Construction is underway, and families will have an opportunity to plant trees along a new connector trail with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.
The event will take place at Alicia Sanchez Elementary on June 29th from 9am-12:30pm. Families with children of all ages are welcome! To sign up, call Carlos at 720.601.4964.


Inclusiveness & Equity Manager

Thorne Nature Experience is looking for an Inclusiveness and Equity Manager to support Thorne’s Community Partnerships Director in the implementation of Thorne’s Inclusiveness Plan and serve as lead community liaison for Thorne and Nature Kids Lafayette and Boulder programs. Boulder County low-income and Latino youth face unique barriers to accessing the outdoors; this position will strive to remove these barriers for youth and their families. Additionally, while Thorne strives to meaningfully advance DEI efforts across our organization and with our community, we have much room to grow. While our program participants are representative of the diversity within our community, our Board and staff do not reflect this diversity and we continue to develop and refine our organizational practices. This position will play a lead role in ensuring Thorne significantly advances its work in this area.

Fluency in Spanish and English is required, as well as the ability to drive and work evenings and weekends as needed. To apply, send cover letter and resume to

CLICK HERE to view the complete job description in English.