Elevations Basis grantee profile: Wild Bear Nature Middle

“I took a stroll within the woods and got here out taller than the bushes.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Jill Dreves grew up within the mountains of Colorado. As a baby, she attended a tiny, nature-immersed public faculty of simply 32 youngsters in grades Okay-8. Throughout these early life, a deep reference to Mom Earth was cast, and a seed was planted.

“After instructing public faculty for 9 years, in 1995 I went again to my roots of connecting youngsters (and now group) to their yard nature and took $500 out of my financial savings account to start out Wild Bear Nature Middle,” Dreves, the Govt Director of the group, stated.

Wild Bear Nature Middle in Boulder County is an all-ages nature heart open to the general public 360-days a 12 months and a 2022 Elevations Basis grantee.

Sharing the fun of nature

The nonprofit nature heart in downtown Nederland is open 360 days a 12 months and free to the general public. Wild Bear gives year-round studying experiences for kids throughout their days off from faculty together with weekends, summer time break and over the winter holidays.

As well as, you’ll discover all-ages actions and nature workshops geared towards adults, households and college teams on the calendar of occasions together with guided snowshoe and summer time hikes, nature courses resembling snow science, water research, herbalism, birds and mushrooms, nature artwork courses and extra.

“The mountain ecosystems are probably the most unimaginable lecturers to attach all ages to studying about water, geology, crops and animals,” Dreves added. “Throughout the summer time, youngsters journey from Boulder to Wild Bear in Nederland on the RTD bus with our employees. Wild Bear additionally enjoys guests and members from everywhere in the world.”

Time for extra progress

Wild Bear is at present engaged on constructing a brand new 8,500-square-foot nature heart (rendering proven above) on the gateway to three,000 acres alongside the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway with 16 miles of nature trails in western Boulder County.

Inside, guests will get pleasure from lecture rooms, nature displays, a wildlife commentary window and group program house. Head exterior to a nature playscape, an amphitheater, ADA-accessible trails and extra.

“Since its founding, Wild Bear has grow to be a powerful and rising group, offering 1000’s of individuals with alternatives to search out pleasure in nature, to unplug and really feel the therapeutic energy of the universe,” Dreves stated.

Getting exterior to breathe contemporary air, hearken to the birds and contact the Earth also can make us extra aware of the must be environmentally conscious and take steps to guard our planet.

Connecting with our group

Just lately, Wild Bear was awarded a grant from the Elevations Basis.

“I used to be actually excited after I obtained the information and couldn’t wait to share with the entire crew!” Improvement Director Kat Barr stated. “I ran down the corridor to inform my coworkers straight away. Elevations Basis helps so many wonderful group organizations, and we couldn’t be prouder to be one in every of them.”

Barr and Dreves stated the funds will assist them proceed to offer free and nominal-fee alternatives to the character heart’s guests and transfer ahead on a brand new facility.

“We have now lots occurring and the overall working help supplied by Elevations Basis is important to our success as a rising group,” Barr added.

In the event you’d prefer to study extra about Wild Bear Nature Middle, grow to be a volunteer or donate to their efforts, click on right here.

For extra info on Elevations Basis and the work it’s doing in our group, to study extra about its grant program or to assist help one of many Elevations Basis’s causes, click on right here.

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