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The Nature Center at Butler Corner is a place where children and adults can come, walk, listen to birds and pine trees sing, breathe in the fresh air, and discover all that nature has to offer in the outdoors of Southwest Colorado. With a least three bio-regions, from semi-desert with sage brush, foothills with gamble oak, and mountains with Ponderosa pine, and a combination of all three, there is a diverse amount of animals and vegetation to come discover and learn to conserve and enjoy without disturbing habitats.
The ranch, located just outside the town of Dolores in Southwest Colorado, is just an hour away from Mesa VerdeNationalPark.The Nature Center at Butler Corner, has been in the Butler family for more than 90 years. W.L. and Mary Butler raised twelve children on the land, then after World War II, Paul and Marjorie Butler raised four children in the same place -a wonderful place for children to grow, to discover wildlife, to respect and care for nature, and become stewards of the land.
We offer yearly memberships for individuals or families. Otherwise, the entrance fee is $5 per person or $10 per family. We also have Nature Center memorabilia for sale. You can visit the Weaver's Studio where we offer weaving and felting lessons and sell yarn, fiber, and woven items.
The Nature Center at Butler Corner has hosted more than 2000 visitors, from as far away as France, Finland, Japan, the Philippines, Canada, and from 21 states in the USA. Our visitors have represented groups includ-ing the Farmington Writers Group, Sleeping Ute Mountain Chapter of the NSDAR, Cortez Garden Club, Family Reunions, Senior Citizen Artists, Summit Ridge Womens Club, several Boy Scout Troops, and many
classrooms from local school districts.
After teaching school for 31 years and being a children's librarian at the Dolores Public Library for twelve years, Miss Kathie founded The Nature Center at Butler Corner.
We have a beautiful, brand new Welcome Center where classes, organizations, and clubs are welcome to come use our meeting room. We also have computers for patrons to use, and a library filled with books to satisfy everyone. There is even a reading loft above the children's section!
The NCBC Welcome Center is available for groups or organizations to rent.
The NCBC park is available for rent for birthday parties and other functions.
Please call 970-882-4593 for prices and availability.
"This is such a beautiful place, made even more magical by Miss Kathie. There are several trails to enjoy, a beautiful clearing for stories and picnics as well as a natural playground being built for children of all ages to enjoy. Alpacas, goats, geese, dogs and kitties can all be found on the property. Take a look at the schedule, there are weekly story/ nature times for toddlers as well as hikes for older kiddos... and so much more! This is an amazing resource for the area and a place you do not want to miss exploring!!"
~ Jacquilyn Smith
"We are incredibly lucky to have the nature center and even more blessed to have Ms Kathie in our community. Kathie has been telling my children stories since they were infants. Story time is that much more special up at the Nature Center where the stories come to life."
~ Angelena Napolitano Stanley
"This is a wonderful venue to get kids outside and in nature. The Nature Center at Butler Corner is an excellent opportunity for kids to explore in all seasons with many possible activities and more added all the time. I love getting my students up there for some nature time. The trails are fantastic for kids of all ages 1 to 99+! Miss Kathie is a great resource and a gem!"
~ Shirley Forristall Tourjee
"This is a magical place for children and adults alike to find their creativity, explore, and just be themselves. Happy to have it in our community!"
~ Molly Cooper
"We had an incredible time snow shoeing and checking out the animals! Very special place, Ms Kathie is a very special person!"
~ Kenny Smith
Do you want a job that challenges you to provide children with a fun, enriching, educational, and outdoor experience? Do you love the outdoors and environmental science? If you answered YES to the above questions, Nature Center at Bulter Corner, in partnership with Alpine International Preparatory Academy (AIPA), might be an excellent job. Our staff is role models, mentors, and leaders.
This position primarily supports the Outdoor Exploration Program (OEP) which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall and spring and can continue into other program areas throughout the year. A successful candidate may hail from various backgrounds, loves teaching and being outdoors, be inspired to work with children, and is passionate about different ways of knowing, including science, art, play, creativity, and nature connection. They are energetic, professional, motivated, and cooperative team players willing to work hard, have fun, and make a difference. In addition, they possess a solid motivation to grow professionally as instructors and key staff members of the Nature Center at Bulter Corner and AIPA.
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