Connecting to nature: Yampatika celebrates 25 years |

Connecting to nature: Yampatika celebrates 25 years

Yampatika naturalist Tobias Bank, left, leads children on a tour of the Yampa River Botanic Park.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Yampatika will celebrate 25 years of following its mission of connecting people to nature during an anniversary Community Party and Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday at the Chief Theater.

The event will give community members an opportunity to celebrate Yampatika's past and learn about what's currently happening and its vision for the future.

"For a quarter of a century, Yampatika has been working to get people outside," said Shari Fryer, Yampatika board president. "Like most organizations, Yampatika has adapted and changed throughout time. But what hasn't changed is our commitment to inspiring environmental stewards in our community through education."

The nonprofit, which was established in 1992, offers educational services to children and adults ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizens in Routt, Moffat and Jackson counties.

As part of its 25th anniversary year, Yampatika recently released the hiking book "Come Explore With Us: 25 Favorite Hikes From Friends of Yampatika," a compilation of favorite hikes contribured by Yampatika members, donors, partners, board members, volunteers, summer camp parents, advisors and program participants.

Joe Haines, Yampatika's executive director said the book is not a detailed hiking guide but rather a publication that honors the voice and opinions of the contributors and reflects their passion for hiking. The book will also be available for purchase at the event.

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If you go: 

What: Yampatika’s 25th anniversary Community Party and Fundraiser

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.