• Wednesday 12:00-3:00 p.m. (starting 8/22/18)
• Drop off your 5 or 6 year old at Wild Bear Nature Center
• Use the shuttle service for Wild Bear to pick up your child from Nederland Elementary School at 11:10; $10 additional
• $30 per child in advance/$35 day of
• $26/day if sign up for 10 or more workshops
• Pack a Healthy Snack and/or Lunch
• Online Registration
• Paper Registration
Children in this Kinder Nature explore the forest, play, sing and make crafts with our highly experienced Early Childhood Educators. Find the weekly theme below!
Water Creatures, Aug 22 – 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 29–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 5 -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 12– 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 19–Study the amazing birds as some 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 26– 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 3 – Let’s go leaf collecting! Find the 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 10– Eco location, night time vision and other amazing qualities of the nocturnal creatures in our backyard!
Wild Crafting! Oct 17– 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 24– Winter is coming, what is an animal to do? Let’s take a closer look at the special at the animals that travel to warm places and those who stay and what they do to survive the winter!
Pumpkins and Gourds! Oct 31– Pumpkins and gourds are cool! Let’s harvest! 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 7 – Discover the deep connection our ancestors had with the Earth. Shelter, fire, water, and food! Learn about animal adaptations that stay throughout the winter and how we can imitate them to survive.
Prehistoric Pottery, Nov 14– Discover the world of ancient crafting, learn about spirit animals and create your own fetish, pinch pot to take home.
Winter Birds, Nov 28– 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 5 – 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 12– Arts and crafts with the earth in mind. Create special gifts from nature to give to family and friends!
Winter Astronomy, December 19– 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! Make candles and craft to make a wish for good tidings in the coming year.