The Nature Connection

The Nature Connection - Who are we?

The Nature Connection's mission is to inspire our communities to connect to nature. We promote healthy lifestyles through educational, fun and energized outdoor experiences.

Summer Newsletter Now Available

Our summer newsletter is out!

Summer Newsletter

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.
  • Phone: 970-872-5910

All donations are used to purchase or repair outdoor gear for kids. For more information contact us at , 970-872-5910


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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MCInnis Canyons education & Adventure Trip

Join Colorado Canyons Association for a three day/two-night education & adventure trip through McInnis Canyons NCA on the one-of-a-kind Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River. Takes place Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.

Click here for more information


WILD about Bears

Delta OUT (Outdoor Understanding for Teachers) workshop on Saturday, September 8th at Ridgway State Park.

Early registration is suggested, as space is limited

For more information click this link


Adventures Through Time

Be the first to spend a night in the new Fort Uncompahgre Tepees! Join us for two fun filled days and one night of adventure, fun and creation. Get wet paddle boarding, build your own watercraft, enjoy a movie under the stars, outdoor cooking, shelter building and so much more. Download the flyer here. Visit our Summer Programs page for the registration form.

The Farm to Fiddle Fun Run

The Farm to Fiddle Fun Run is coming up next weekend! Join Guild Mortgage and The Nature Connection for a 5K run on Saturday, August 4th. Race starts at 8:30 am at Willow Heights Park in Hotchkiss. Register at:

Adventures of the 1830s

"Adventures of the 1830s" summer camp at Fort Uncompaghre! Sessions in July for 3rd - 7th grade. For details, see attached flyer.

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 Nature Connection is funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, Delta County schools, and other partners and donors. Please consider making a donation today to help us meet our goals!

Youth Outdoor Network Articles

Read these student written articles from the Youth Outdoor Network: