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Backcountry Film Festival

Celebrating the Winter Human-Powered Experience

Thursday, February 7th: 6pm-9pm

Tickets available

The Backcountry Film Festival at The Backdoor Theatre of Nederland, Colorado benefits Wild Bear Nature Center.Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Wild Bear Nature Center is the only all ages non-profit nature center in Boulder County, free and open almost every day throughout the year. Since 1995, Wild Bear’s mission is to provide year round educational programs to people of all ages fostering a life-long appreciation of the environment and promoting an environmentally aware and ecologically sound community. Wild Bear was a key partner in the preservation of Mud Lake and recently secured a new 5 acres at the entry of 3,200 preserved acres on the corner of CR 128 and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Now, Wild Bear is in the process of planning a permanent nature center facility located within the town of Nederland and on thousands of wild acres!

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Wild Bear has been connecting people of all ages with snowshoeing in the high country since 2005. David “BigFoot” Felkley, local snowshoeing guru and guide volunteered for Wild Bear to set up youth snowshoe programs. When BigFoot passed away in 2014, he left a legacy fund for Wild Bear to purchase its own supply of youth and adult snowshoes. Now, Wild Bear has become known in the region as a top notch Winter Ecology on Snowshoes youth program as well as a place to rent shoes and find out where the “best trail” is! Most recently, Wild Bear has partnered with Winter Wildlands Alliance out of North Dakota to become an official “snow school” and serves schools from throughout the region.

Tickets available


Wild Earth Weekend


Wild Bear Earth UPDATE ON WILD EARTH 2018:
Due to a small construction project in the nature center, we will not be hosting our fabulous Wild Earth Weekend this year (2018).  We plan to join Sustainable Resilient Longmont at their celebration on Saturday, April 21st.
Find our booth there or visit the gift shop of the Nature Center for a
15% off Summer Camp discount. 

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017. Noon-5pm. Held at Wild Bear Nature Center, Nederland, Colorado   FREE

See this link for the complete program!  

Over the years Wild Earth Day has engaged tens of thousands of people in learning about planet Earth.  The event has taken many forms over the last 16 years beginning with a partnership with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  This special Earth Day event has been held at Central Park Boulder and last year at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

Now, Wild Earth Weekend has evolved to a simple weekend offered at Wild Bear Nature Center in Nederland.  Free to the public, visitors to the nature center will engage in educational booths and activities focused on nature and living lightly on the planet. 

Held Saturday and Sunday, enjoy performances and puppet shows about the planet, visit booths with hands-on activities about the natural world and how we can live more lightly on the planet!  See this link for a complete program.

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Fall and Winter Children’s Programs

10314_640665649289090_257704087_nBear Cubs Ages 3-5
Wednesdays 10-11:30am
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Drop off your 3-5 year old at Wild Bear for this weekly nature workshop. Classes are hands-on, nature based, and always fun! Bring a snack for story-time, and join us on Wednesdays throughout the season (we follow all holiday and BVSD school days off).

Nature Craft After School  Ages 5-12
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 3:15-5:30pm
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Wild Bear’s after school enrichment combines hands-on natural science with the arts. Enjoy outdoor studies at Mud Lake, at Wild Bear and around the nature center. Ride the bus from Nederland Elementary School to Wild Bear after

Kinder Nature Ages 5-6
Wednesdays 12-3pm
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Wild Bear’s Kindergarten Nature program is back!  Drop off your young one for this Waldorf style forest program!  (we follow all holiday and BVSD school days off).

Nature Camp on No School Days, 8am-4pm Ages 5-12
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Join Wild Bear for special nature workshops when school is not in session! These fun workshops include snowshoeing, mountain ecology, hands on science, and visits from special guests.

Register today!

Each Workshop Enjoys the Following Theme:
Activities are not repeated across workshops.
Come one day or all season!  We work with your schedule. 

Water Creatures, Aug 20, 21, 22 and 23 – What creatures are trekking through the waterways of the Rocky Mountains? Discover the high alpine frogs, snakes, arthropods and mammals that live in or near the mountain water. Field Trips to Mud Lake, weather permitting

MUSHROOMERY!  Aug 27, 28, 29, 30 – Let’s discover the mysterious world of mushrooms and fungi!  Grow our own mushroom garden, collect and make spore prints and create Mushroom art to take home!

Howls and Growls! Sept 4, 5, 6 – Play Predator and Prey and follow the tracks and traces of our local wildlife. Become a Wildlife Ranger and make a field guide of who we should be looking for in the forest!  Field Trips to Mud Lake, weather permitting

Seed Rangers, Sept 10, 11, 12, 13 – So many plants have gone to seed! Let’s collect, dissect, germinate and create seed art! Can you get some of these plants to grow over the winter? Field Trips to Mud Lake, weather permitting

Aerodynamic Adventures, Sept 18, 19, 20 – Study the amazing Hummingbirds as they are packing up and getting ready to head south.  Try your hand at copying their amazing flight skills by making airplanes and other flying toys to take home.  Field Trips to Mud Lake, weather permitting

Fairies, Gnomes & other Magical Creatures, Sept 24, 25, 26, 27 – Go on a mystery Trek and find the mysterious creatures of the forest! Identify mushrooms! Create special fairy houses and gardens to take home! Field Trips to Mud Lake, weather permitting 

Tree Rangers, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4 – Let’s go leaf collecting! Find the gorgeous colors of fall, the deciduous plants and discover the coniferous trees too! Make Pinecone critters and beautiful leaf art to display in your window at home!  Field Trips to Mud Lake, weather permitting

Bats and other Nocturnal Creatures, Oct 8, 9, 10, 11 – Eco location, night time vision and other amazing qualities of the nocturnal creatures in our backyard! 

Wild Crafting! Oct 15, 16, 17, 18 – Let’s create some of the crafts of the season: harvest the fruits of the season and make nature dyes, Rose Hip and Kinnick Kinnick beads, make a special nature pouch and walking stick!

 Hibernators and Migrators, Oct 22, 23, Oct 24, Oct 25 – Winter is coming, what is an animal to do? Let’s take a closer look at the special skills necessary for an animal to stay or go!

Pumpkins and Gourds! Oct 29, 30, 31, Nov 1 – Pumpkins and squash are believed to have originated in the ancient Americas! They are 90% water and so slimy! Can you predict how many seeds are in these pumpkins? Plant a seed, paint with slime and learn from the seasonal harvest “melon”. 

 Primitive Skills, Nov 5, 6, 7, 8 – Discover the deep connection and respect our ancestors had with the Earth. Shelter, fire, water, and food are necessary for all living things. Learn about the adaptations of the animals that stay throughout the winter and how we can copy them to survive.

 Prehistoric Pottery, Nov 12, 13, 14, 15 – Discover the world of ancient crafting, learn about spirit animals and create your own fetish, pinch pot to take home.

 Winter Birds, Nov 26, 27, 28, 29 – Who flies there? Meet our feathered friends who remain during the winter snow.  Learn about their beaks, what they eat and create a feeder to take home with their favorite food.

 Snow Science Dec 3, 4, 5, 6 – Let’s study the snow crystals, play in the snow, build with the snow and learn about the amazing properties of snow!  If weather permits, let’s head out on snowshoes!

Herbal Crafts, December 10, 11, 12, 13 – Arts and crafts with the earth in mind. Create special gifts from nature to give to family and friends!

 Winter Astronomy, December 17, 18, 19, 20– Winter Solstice is the time to celebrate the coming of the light!  Let’s take a look at the night sky, the moon, the stars, the sun and the earth!  As we approach the darkest day of the year, make candles and other crafts to make a wish for good tidings in the coming year.

Register today! Sign up for one or more days!


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING FAMILIES and are providers included in CCAP, Boulder and Gilpin County’s Child Care Assistance Programs.  Please contact us for more information at If you’d like to support our scholarship program, please consider a donation today. Thank you.

Contact us for a complete catalog and to register. 303-258-0495 or

Wild Bear is proud of its reputation of providing highly engaging, creative and age-appropriate workshops, integrating music and craft into most of its programs. Wild Bear staff hold Bachelors and Masters degrees in the field of Education, Environmental Education, Biology or related fields and have worked with children for many years. All instructors are CPR/First Aid trained, and receive full training in educational philosophy, group management and teaching strategies.