“Our mission is to provide uncompromising customer service, quality accommodations and food, and educational programs that enhance a sense of self, sense of community, sense of Earth, sense of wonder, to help your sense of the future. We define customer service as a relentless pursuit of excellence in communication, follow-through and in exceeding expectations.”
Caring for the Environment: We have a long-standing history of teaching about and caring for the environment dating back to the properties original purchase in 1948. We now own and care for 6,000 acres of land, of which 400 are used for the campus, where our staff and guests live. We continuously update and implement new techniques, technologies and ideas in order to improve our stewardship of the business and the land.
Learning from the Natural World: Our "leadership perspective" programs provide valuable perspectives by comparing the ecosystem with the human systems in which you work. These programs help your organization achieve a specific and tangible “desired state" by creating a better understanding of systems thinking, change & transition, innovation. We also offer our guests access to a full-time naturalist. We can lead general nature hikes or “activities with a focus” including: diversity of our wildflowers, birds of the ranch, search for the Elk herd and other mammals, geology of central Colorado or an astronomy session using our 17 ½ inch telescope, one of the state’s largest.
Building Construction and Remodeling: We completed remodeling all of our original studio apartments in 2016. We used tile, Shaw’s recycled content carpet and Low E windows. When older hot water heaters fail, we replace them, where appropriate, with energy efficient on demand type heaters. And through a grant from Namaste Solar we are producing a percentage of our electricity off of photovoltaic panels on the Sportsplex roof for 3 of our buildings. Early in 2017 we replaced a large building's boiler with a very high efficiency unit and in 2018 put a new roof on the lodge. As opportunities arise, we will continue these practices.
Land and Forest Restoration: We have mitigated over 160 acres of forest since 2005 by working with the State of Colorado Forest Service, Pike National Forest and the Coalition of the Upper South Platte. This work has improved the forest health and reduced the risk of wildfire. As time allows, we are using more and more Xeriscape practices in our landscaping on campus in order to reduce our water usage and to be more sustainable.
Green Purchasing: We make environmentally conscious product purchases when we can. We applied for and were accepted to use AVEDA spa quality products by completing their very stringent facilities, environment and sustainability questionnaire. We use their amenities in all of our bathrooms. Most of our cleaning products are non-toxic and biodegradable. Our kitchen buys organic and local foods when requested by a group and uses chlorine free products where appropriate. Our paper cups, napkins and paper towels are made of 100% recycled material. The housekeeping department uses Greenworks to clean and our commercial laundry uses 100% biodegradable detergent. All departments buy in bulk quantities to reduce the carbon footprint made by transporting these products to our facility. Most of our light bulbs are LEDs as we reduce the use of CFLs. Our exterior lights are set on timers and we purchase energy star approved appliances.
Recycling: Our ranch-wide effort recycles cardboard, aluminum and tin cans, paper, glass, and plastic #’s 1-7, computers, and scrap metal. Worn guest towels, mattresses, blankets and linens are re-purposed when we can.
“The purpose of our workshops was to develop and cement relationships. We were able to do this because of the isolation from social distraction, the relaxed atmosphere, and the comfortable, well-planned programs and meeting areas."
“After jumping off a pole and walking across cables with the team's support, I now know that if I put my mind to something, I can and will accomplish it. I also learned that I am a cheerleader at heart and am able to encourage others. This is an area where I lacked confidence previously.”
“I’m more reflective and confident when my leadership is sought. I react differently now to situations. And I just know that I have been transformed as a leader."
“The High Rope Course was a moving and memorable experience for me. I am now more open to stretching myself and am working on creating a safe environment to challenge and try new things with my team at work.”
“Rob, Thank you for all that you and your terrific team do to make Next Level look good. Wow, can you believe we did TWO weeklong programs with you this year? My colleagues and I are grateful to call you teammates. And we do not use that term lightly."
“Leaders cannot command commitment; they can only inspire it. What may begin as “my” vision emerges as “our” vision."
“This is the most life-transforming event I have encountered in 30 years around the globe. Participants come hoping to sharpen their technical skills; they leave inspired to become a better person. What better place to discover what really matters? The atmosphere is enchanting, the peaks are breathtaking, and then something magical happens.”
“I never knew how good it feels to be treated like ‘Queen For the Day’ for 4 days in a row! Thank you!”
“Compared to other training programs that I have attended, I can honestly say that this is one program that I felt was totally worth my time and that was building my abilities from the moment we started until the very end. It was the toughest training program I’ve been to and yet somehow I felt very comfortable with the atmosphere at all times. I would like to congratulate you on the quality of instructors that..."
"Thank you for a wonderful setting for our program. The food was great, our rooms were clean, everything ran smoothly and everyone was friendly. You are all appreciated."
“I just wanted to thank you for another great family reunion at The Nature Place. Your staff was great – I’d say the best yet. Shelley was the best. The facility and grounds looked great, and you’ve obviously made some additions and improvements. Though we never seem to get everything done that we plan, I left wondering how I could have squeezed any more into any day! The Nature Place, you, and your staff..."
“This program provided me with an enriching experience that is beyond compare. Our facilitator was superb, he challenged but didn’t force. It was an awesome experience to help me think beyond the norm from now on.”
“I am now willing to take on more responsibilities at work that were outside of my comfort zone before.”
"Not only is this a beautiful facility, with GREAT FOOD, the best we have seen in 10 years, but you are kind, loving, supportive people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
“I was extremely impressed by the performance of the entire staff and have truly never received such prompt and courteous attention at a conference. The facilities were beautiful, the food terrific, all in a setting that was breathtaking. I have received glowing remarks from everyone who participated. Morale is up 200%!."
“On behalf of the M---- M------- staff, I would like to thank you for facilitating such an amazing team-building experience for us… I feel extremely confident in saying that our experience at The Nature Place proved rewarding, both personally and professionally. We all learned something about ourselves as educators and collaborators. This learning experience for the staff will most certainly have a positive..."
“The orienteering course was absolutely energizing for me. I now have a clear understanding of the differences and likenesses between me, and others. My patience has grown as I now take time to discover where others are on the ‘map’. This was a very powerful training for me. Rich in benefits.”
"Please accept my appreciation for the exceptional services provided by you and your staff in support of Forces Command. The Nature Place is the ideal site for this exciting and meaningful event, for it provides the optimum atmosphere for focusing on the important topic of character and leadership development. The comfortable quarters, delicious food and gorgeous setting only serve..."
“My sincere appreciation for the team building experience The Nature Place provided for my group and their families. The facilities are top notch and the location is truly magnificent. I know that the benefits gained during our time spent at The Nature Place will be long lasting."
“The challenge activities you planned were perfect. Your facilitators did an excellent job connecting with our work environment and the way they made the experience like our real life enhanced the takeaways for us. We will be back.”
"Our Chief Officers just attended a 3 day leadership training and development program at The Nature Place. The program was nothing short of outstanding. I recommend the Insights Discovery System, the high ropes challenge course, and going to the observatory, although every activity we participated in was fun and educational. The staff was very service oriented and fun to be around..."
“My perception about being successful has changed. The Nature Place program with Insights Discovery helped me understand how to overcome the fear that I had of the ‘sticking points’ that exist in our team. I am much more confident and skillful now in getting past these challenging points."
“The Nature Place turned out to be so perfect. And to think I had worried a bit after making my decision last fall—was it ‘spectacular’ enough to satisfy?’ What we enjoyed of course in this lovely setting was more simple than spectacular… Plus, an unbelievably gifted staff to help us see and appreciate more fully the beauty around us (and helping us climb those gorgeous Witcher rocks). Add to that the..."
“Our program really emphasized teamwork within our leadership team and I certainly got that. I have more confidence and my relationship with the other members is now very strong, and we started as strangers.”
“I have continued to live and relive portions of the experience over the past month and I continue to be impressed with the change wrought in my own life just because I have ‘been to the mountain top.’ Of all the seminars I have been to in my lifetime, this event will always stand out as one of the most memorable and significant.”
“The S------- family would like to express our appreciation to you and the entire staff for making our reunion such a success. To entertain and meet the needs of a group whose ages range from two months to seventy-five years is no small task and you were able to pull it off to perfection. The meals, accommodations, and variety of activities were outstanding, but the most important contributing factor..."
“Having done the team challenges I am more able to be creative with my team, and to think critically.”
“Our week in the Rockies simply wouldn’t have been nearly as successful anywhere other than The Nature Place. We can’t rave enough about your hospitality (and food!), and the facilities were even better than we thought possible."
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