Jefferson County Open Space was established in 1972 as a result of a grassroots citizen campaign to preserve open space lands and natural and cultural resources, and to create quality park and recreation experiences. The Open Space program has since preserved more than 51,000 acres spread across 28 parks and properties. Its location along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains brings together a unique blend of ecosystems – from shortgrass prairies and foothills shrublands to ponderosa pine savannas and mixed conifer forests to riparian corridors and cliff habitats.
Sitting astride South Mountain in southern Pennsylvania, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley and offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Acquired in 1973, Kings Gap consists of a 32-room stone mansion, education offices and 2,571 acres of land. Explore the pine plantation, deciduous forest, vernal ponds and native plant garden from sunrise to sunset anytime of the year. Kings Gap provides environmental programs and events for all ages throughout the year.
Larimer County Natural Resources manages some of Northern Colorado's great outdoor places, including over 43,000 acres of open space and 4 water-based recreation areas such as Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, Devil's Backbone Open Space and Horsetooth Reservoir. Their mission is to establish, protect and manage significant regional parks and open lands, providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities and stewardship of natural resource values. They are committed to fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the natural and agricultural heritage of Larimer County for present and future generations.
Located in Mequon, Wisconsin, Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP) is 438 acres of woodlands, wetlands, prairies and open fields established in 2002. MNP has over five miles of trails and a 40-foot observation tower that are open to the public at no cost, 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. Visitors come from throughout the region to engage in environmental science programs and nature-based recreation activities including hiking, bird watching and snowshoeing. Annually, 6,000 students come for field trips, which are provided at no cost to schools or students.
Riveredge Nature Center, nestled in rural Newburg, WI, was one of the first and is currently one of the largest nature centers in southeastern Wisconsin. It consists of 380 acres of natural sanctuary – prairies, forests, ponds and marshes along the Milwaukee River. Riveredge has been a leader in citizen monitoring since it was established in the late 1960s as well as a leader in environmental education. Our mission is to inspire, inform and enable responsible environmental decision-making and sustainable practices by providing leadership in education, preserving and restoring the Riveredge and other natural sanctuaries, and serving as a resource for scientific research.
Silver Lake Nature Center is a 235-acre "natural treasure" in the southern portion of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It's a place where lush foliage, accessible wetlands and rich woodlands abound. The grounds are maintained to enhance the diversity of plant and animal life and include 4.5 miles of nature trails. Through education, recreation, research and advocacy, our goal is to inspire students of all ages with the wonder and beauty of the natural world and to preserve the priceless heritage of Silver Lake and its watershed for generations to come. Our newest demonstration project, an "Earthship", when completed will be a 'living' classroom constructed from recycled materials that heats and cools itself.
It is the mission of the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center (BOLD) to sustain a portion of Florida's original habitats, in the Little Manatee River Watershed, and to promote appreciation and better understanding of our natural resources, local history and culture through education. Camp Bayou is a 160 acre nature preserve located in the middle of the Little Manatee River system and proximate to the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve and Tampa Bay.