Animal & Nature Programs


Animal & Nature Programs

Picture 055Pawsitive Connection

CBR YouthConnect has a 55 year history of involving the human-animal connection to build resilience and character in troubled youth.  The Pawsitive Connection program evolved from 20 years of operating the nationally acclaimed New Leash On Life Dog Program on the Colorado Boys Ranch campus. Pawsitive Connection program has now served over 700 risk-laden boys and girls in the Denver Metro area.  Research and outcomes can be found on the research page.

Currently, we are working with Community Reach Day Treatment Center in Thornton and DPS Compassion Road School providing dog training courses and humane education. In ten weeks, youth interact with dogs, practice responsibility and respect, and learn to show empathy and concern for others. By focusing on the similarities and differences between people and animals, youth become more aware of their own lives, develop confidence and a sense of gratitude. To date, the program has been provided in 16 treatment centers and schools.

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Animal Assisted Therapy

We provide Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to children and families in Boulder, Douglas and Arapahoe counties. The therapy is effective in treating clients struggling with trauma related fears and anxieties, frustration, communication, responsibility and self-confidence. The service is provided in homes, community settings or offices.

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Thunderbird Ranch

CBR YouthConnect owns Thunderbird Ranch, an 1800 acre beautiful mountain retreat area near Cotopaxi, Colorado.  The setting is ideal for nature activities including adventure trails, hiking, fishing in small lakes and mountain crafts in the beautiful wooded area.  Campsites and rustic facilities are available.

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