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, where you will find 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 11, 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.

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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.

Welcome Center

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.

Welcome to 2021

1/9/2021 12:55:00 PM BY Miss Kathie

I am sorry that I haven’t been writing on my blog page for the website. 2020 was a messy year and my computers were messy too. I have had them both updated and hope to keep my blog updated as well.

Thank you to all who have been using the Library at Butler Corner during the virus. It is fun to see so many books going out, being read and returned. Also, thank you to all who have come to enjoy the forest,  the play area, the animals, and the sledding hill. I am hopeful that we can soon get back to Story Time at the NCBC. 

Please keep visiting this site and I promise to keep it up to date.