The future of our planet depends upon engaged youth who have a deep respect for the land. Humans are hardwired to love nature, but our modern lifestyle leaves little time for the outdoors and ever-shrinking access to land. Getting back in touch with our roots is critical for mental health and addressing climate change, which is why Wild Bear Nature Center is an important part of our community. Interested in visiting the nature center or donating to help this organization’s mission? Here’s what you need to know about Wild Bear Nature Center and its critical work:
About Wild Bear Nature Center
Wild Bear Nature Center was founded by elementary school educator Jill Dreves in 1995. Since her childhood, Jill has always recognized the powerful form of education that nature provides. She believes that access to the outdoors should be accessible for all, and that’s why admission to Wild Bear Nature Center is absolutely free.
Since its inception in 1995, the organization has engaged thousands of community members through its interim nature center, ecology programs, workshops, and events (including tuition-free homeschool enrichment programs). The interim nature center is located in downtown Nederland, Colorado and opened its doors in 2010. The interim center offers hands-on exhibits and homegrown art, and is an excellent resource for explorers of all walks of life. The brand-new Net Positive Nature Center is expected to open in 2024 and will provide fantastic opportunities for birding, wildlife viewing, wild botany, and insect studies from both inside and outside the center. Its location along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway means that the center will be easily accessible to regional visitors as well as those coming from out of state.
How You Can Support the Center
This article has covered the basics of what makes Wild Bear Nature Center so special. To experience the wonders for yourself, you’ll need to arrange a visit to the interim nature center or the restored Mud Lake property. If you’re looking for a way to support the work of the Wild Bear Nature Center, there are several ways to make a difference. Whether you volunteer, forge a corporate or community partnership, or donate directly, you’re making a positive impact for the planet and for our community here in Colorado (and beyond).
Wild Bear Nature Center’s motto is “Now, more than ever, we need nature and nature needs us.” If you want to immerse yourself in nature or learn more about our wonderful world, this center provides an excellent experience. As Boulder residents, we’re incredibly fortunate to have resources like this nearby. Be sure to check it out sometime!
Image courtesy of Wild Bear Nature Center. The mural is currently located in the Children’s Nature library and is being painted by wonderful local artist Danielle Crouse.