Brief History of BCNA

BCNA was founded in 1982 as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization to "study and preserve the cultural and natural history of Boulder County and adjacent areas of the Colorado Front Range." Our initial projects included:

During the late 1980s, BCNA organized a research roundtable that brought scientists and naturalists together to share results of recent natural history research. The roundtable became the Boulder County Ecosystem Symposium. Held in early spring at the Boulder Public Library Auditorium, the symposium brings together more than 120 scientists, naturalist, and other environmentalists.

 Other BCNA projects since the mid-1980s have included:

In 1998 BCNA received a special conservation award from the Boulder County Commissioners for our work to study and protect the county's natural resources. In 2001 we established our education program, which consists of 10-15 field classes per year open to students of all backgrounds and ages. In 2005 we launched our Ecosystem Stewardship Initiative, a long-term monitoring program for Boulder County natural areas.