The Nature Connection

The Nature Connection - Who are we?

The Nature Connection’s goal is to inspire our communities to connect to nature through educational opportunities in fun and energized outdoor experiences in order to promote healthy lifestyles.

TNC accepts the GOCO Inspire award

The Nature Connection Accepts the GOCO Inspire award

Great news for Nature Connection Country! The Nature Connection has received our GOCO Inspire grant award to implement detailed Place, Program and Pathway developments in Delta County and Olathe over the next three years. Thanks to the support of our many partners and community supporters, we will be able to help kids of all ages connect to the outdoors in #thebestbackyardintheworld! See the details here!

TNC - Featuring High Schoolers on the Grand Mesa


The Nature Connection, non-profit youth outdoor gear hub, would like to thank all of our partners, friends and supporters for your help getting kids connected to the outdoors. You can help by sending a tax deductible donation to:

  • Attention: Anita Evans
  • 7655 2075 Road, Delta
  • CO 81416.

All donations are used to purchase or repair outdoor gear for kids. For more information contact Anita Evans at, 970-901-1459


The Nature Connection conducted a survey to gather information about what people in Delta County and Olathe enjoy doing in the outdoors, and how The Nature Connection can help that happen. Participants watched this brief three minute video, then took the survey. Results of the survey are available here.


We've put together some videos from the Youth Outdoor Network gathering information about what people in Delta County and Olathe enjoy doing in the outdoors and how the Nature Connection can help make it happen.

View the videos here


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Colorado Canyons Association is hiring!

The Nature Connection's partner, Colorado Canyons Association, is hiring a VISTA volunteer to help get kids connected to the outdoors in our National Conservation Areas. If you are interested in applying, please click on the link to CCA for the application information. The application deadline is Friday, February 23.

The Nature Connection is Hiring!

TNC is looking to hire for two positions: Winter Intern and Executive Assistant. If interested, click here to apply online.

Western Slope Conservation Center is hiring an Americorps VISTA Volunteer!

Looking for a fun, rewarding job working with local youth? Check out The Nature Connection GOCO Inspire Youth Outdoor Network Coordinator posting on our YON Page.

Colorado Gives Day - The Nature Connection

The Nature Connection would like to thank all of our partners, friends, and neighbors who have helped us get over 3700 youth outside this past year! We appreciate your ongoing support and invite you to become a member of The Nature Connection to help us connect even more youth to the outdoors this coming year! Please send your tax deductible membership contribution of your choice to: The Nature Connection, 397 Bulldog Street, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Thank you again for all your help connecting our youth to #thebestbackyardintheworld!

For more information on this event, please see our Facebook listing.

Upcoming Events

Delta County Recreation Map

Delta County Recreation MapDownload the Delta County Recreation Map (380MB). For more information see insets.

More details are available with the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, Bureau of Land Management, and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest websites.

Donations Appreciated

The GOCO Inspire grant application requires a 10% cash match from The Greater Delta County Nature Connection for implementation of our dreams and goals. Please consider making a donation today!

Youth Outdoor Network Articles

Read these student written articles from the Youth Outdoor Network: