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Backcountry Film Festival

Celebrating the Winter Human-Powered Experience

Thursday, February 9th: 7-9:30
at the Backdoor Theatre
Tickets available

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.

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.

The Backcountry Film Festival at The Backdoor Theatre of Nederland, Colorado benefits Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center. Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center is the only non-profit nature center in Boulder County. 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’s passionate roots in science education and the preservation of Colorado began as a small program serving 24 children in the summer of 1995, growing to serve over thousands of people of all ages every year. Wild Bear’s inspirational vision was founded on the belief that learning occurs every day, all day and throughout our lives.

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 programs for youth at Nederland Elementary School and later (since 2010) volunteered to take groups of all ages out to play on the snowshoes in the local forest.

His mantra was to wait until the day of the event to determine the “best snow” and the best trails. 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 Idaho to become an official “snow school” and serves schools from throughout the region.

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Wild Earth Weekend


Wild Bear EarthSaturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. 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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School Year 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).

NederRanger Afternoons Ages 5-7
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-3pm
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Drop off your 5-6 year old at Wild Bear, or sign up for the shuttle* from Nederland Elementary (leaves at 11:10). Children in this Kindergarten Enrichment program explore the forest, play, sing and make crafts with our highly experienced Early Childhood Educators.

Nature Enrichment After School Ages 5-12
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

Nature Workshops on No School Days, 8am-4pm Ages 5-12
11/10, 11/20, 11/21, 11/22, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/15 Learn-More-Button
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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.

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


Water Creatures, Aug 22, 23 24 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.

Bird Brains, Aug 29, 30, 31 The Broad-tailed Hummingbirds and packing up and getting ready to head south as are so many other seasonal birds!  Let’s learn more about them and their upcoming journey.

Howls and Growls!  Sept 5, 6, 7 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!

Seed Rangers, Sept 12, 13, 14 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?

Fairies, Gnomes & other Magical Creatures, Sept 19, 20, 21 Go on a mystery Trek and find the mysterious creatures of the forest!  Identify mushrooms!  Create special fairy houses and gardens to take home!

Mountains, Rocks and Gold, Sept 26, 27, 28 Join us on a Rocky Mountain Rock hunt!  Make your own rock collection and learn about the history of rocks in the Nederland area!

Tree Rangers, Oct 3, 4, 5 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!

Pumpkin Science! Oct 10, 11, 12 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”.  

Wild Crafting! Oct 17, 18, 19 Let’s create some of the crafts of the season:  Rose Hip, Kinnick Kinnick creations, corn husk dolls and other crafts of the season!

Bats and other Nocturnal Creatures, Oct 24, 25, 26 Eco location, night time vision and other amazing qualities of the nocturnal creatures in our backyard!  Let’s study them.

Hibernators and Migrators, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2 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!

Primitive Skills, Nov 7, 8, 9- Discover the deep connection and respect our ancestors had with the Earth.  Shelter, fire, water, and food are necessary for all living things.  Learn how far we have come from the way we once lived.

Prehistoric Pottery, Nov 14, 15, 16 Explore the timeless art of creating pottery from ancient forms passed on to modern day techniques.  Try your hand at your own clay creations!  Discover the Native culture of Colorado.

Winter Birds, Nov 28, 29, 30 Who flies there?  Meet our feathered friends who remain during the winter snow.

Hot and Cold Science, Dec 5, 6, 7 Explore weather with cool experiments that will bring out the scientist in you and help develop a better understanding of our earth.

Herbal Crafts, Dec 12, 13, 14 As the season changes, let’s find the plants in nature that can help comfort us!  Create soothing crafts such as herbal eye pillows, bath salts and rice healing socks!

Winter Solstice,  Dec 19, 20, 21  Winter Solstice is the time to celebrate the coming of the light!  As we approach the darkest day of the year, make candles and 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.