Wild Bear’s Enchanted Forest!


Jill Dreves, Nederland. It’s that time of year again! Time to feel the magic of the season and enjoy the Enchanted Forest!Join us for our Fourteenth annual ENCHANTED FOREST, Saturday, September 27, 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. $6/person in advance; $8/person day of event. Seniors & Children under 2 are free. See the Super Fun schedule below!

12:30-2:30: Head on over to Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center and meet live Birds of Prey (Hawks, Eagles, Owls) with HawkQuest. Get your face professionally painted and create your very own costume!

THEN—3:00-6:00 p.m.: Park at Nederland Elementary School and take the bus over to Mud Lake for a tour of the trail to meet the animals, gather goodies in your goody bag and enjoy the magic of the season. Enjoy music at the campfire!

This is a volunteer-driven event! If you are interested in volunteering, please  email us at volunteer@wildbear.org.

Join us for our twentieth anniversary gala with Peter Mayer at E-TOWN, Boulder, Colorado, on Friday, November 14, 5:00-9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the last 20 years of land preservation and stewardship. And, as the only non-profit all-ages nature center, Wild Bear has provided tens of thousands of people of all ages with hands-on and creative opportunities to engage in learning about  the natural world.

Launch Wild Bear into its next 200 years as we grow the nature center vision, fostering a lifelong appreciation of the environment, promoting an environmentally aware, responsible and ecologically sound community.

On the days off from school…at Wild Bear!

Monday, September 22: 1/2-day Mud Lake Discovery (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $30)! Nature Discovery at Mud Lake! We will go on a beautiful Mud Lake excursion to discover all that is happening there! Dress appropriately!

Monday, October 13: Pioneer Living.We will venture off to a private mountain ranch and go back in time to learn the ways of the settlers through games, crafts, and stories!
Tuesday, November 11: Survival. How do animals survive winter?  How would you survive in the wild? Practice survival skills by making your own shelter, hunting & gathering, stalking & tracking. Search for signs of animals preparing  for winter.

Monday and Tuesday, November 24 & 25: The Ute Mountain People. Become one with the Native mountain  people: the Utes who lived in these mountains!  Learn native dances like the Bear Dance, discover your animal totem, create native arts, and enjoy a local storyteller.

Wild Bear offers wonderful nature programs after school Tuesday-Friday:  Nature painting, Clay Class, guest scientists!  Please join us! Spaces are limited; sign up today!

This is such a beautiful time of year.  The nature center (YOUR nature center, the ONLY all ages non-profit nature center in Boulder County) is open EVERY DAY from  11:00-5:30.  Live animal exhibits, high alpine nature discovery and someone always available to answer your questions!  Visit us and then head out on the trails to  experience the beauty of these mountains in transition as it prepares form winter. Please visit us!

Wild Bear is a non-profit nature center and its very special gift shop (FULL of locally handcrafted, fair trade and educational goods) supports all that we do! Think of us when you are seeking a gift or need a map! Thank you for sharing our joy of nature! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your friends at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center are at PO Box 3017, 20 Lakeview Drive Unit 106, Nederland, Colorado 80466. 303-258-0495; wildbear@wildbear.org.

Thank you to our sponsors: S.L. Gimbel Foundation; United Way.