NederRANGERS June 4 – August 10, 2018 weekly programs
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5 & 6 year olds (for the first time Wild Bear) This is a WONDERFUL, nurturing, playful and hands-on nature program led by highly experienced early childhood educators.  This full day program embeds nature discovery with stories, crafts, songs and play. This is an excellent way to learn about working cooperatively with a group with an integration of arts, science. literature and play.

 NederRangers ride the Boulder Valley School Bus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to Mud Lake!  On Mondays and Fridays this program is based out of Wild Bear Nature Center with walking field trips to the reservoir, Frog Ponds, community gardens and other nature discovery destinations!


Ride the magic school bus from Wild Bear  to Mud Lake!

Fossils, Rocks, Dinos~ June 4-8~ Rocks can tell us stories of the animals that lived long ago. Become a paleontologist and discover the dinosaurs and other ancient animals!

 Howls & Growls~June 11-15~ Follow the tracks and traces of our local wildlife as you learn about the habits of the animal world. Search for predators and prey, learn how animals protect themselves and create a field guide to take home.

Wood Fairies & Forest Gnomes~ June 18-22~Build houses for our magical friends! Learn about how creatures, magical and wild, adapt and survive in the forest. Use your imagination in the woods and discover the many treasures there are to be found.

Aerodynamic Adventures~ June 25-29~Take flight! Study those who fly: the birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and bats. Replicate their skills and reach the sky with airplanes, kites and wind socks.

Amazing Birds of Prey~ July 2,3,5,6~ (No Programs Wednesday, July 4th) Look at the sky, what do you see? An abundance of flying creatures! Meet the raptors up close and discover what makes these birds unique. Dissect an owl pellet, observe real talons, and practice spotting and identifying these amazing creatures outside. 

Kingdom Plantae~ July 9-13~Discover the world of Botany as the plants bloom in the high country! Investigate the wildflowers, trees, shrubs other useful plants. Capture these beautiful plants through sketching, painting, and creating.

Water Creatures~ July 16-20~What creatures are trekking though the waterways of the Rocky Mountain? Find the high alpine frogs, snakes, arthropods, and mammals that make their home in or near the mountain water! Create a Water Creature Journal to document these amazing animals.

Insectomania~ July 23-27~Discover the amazing world of Hymenoptera! Understand the social insects and the ones that work alone. Learn a bee dance, observe an ant farm, and find out how important bees and pollinators are to our planet!

Prehistoric Pottery~ July 30-August 3~Come and get your hands dirty with clay. Listen to the stories of those that lived before, try your hand at primitive skills and create your own artifacts to take home!

Swirls, Curls, & Symmetry~ August 6-10~Look closely at the patterns in the natural world…spider webs, beehives, leaf veins, and clouds! Express these beautiful patterns with art projects.

LOCATED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NEDERLAND, COLORADO.  Coming from Boulder? Ride the shuttle up to Nederland with our staff!  It’s very easy!

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This is what last summer’s Parents said about our programs:

“We fell in love with the center & it’s mission on our first visit, & after trying a couple of wild bear classes when our son was 3, he love it so much that we knew it was worth our/his time.”

“When asked, he talked for a solid 5 minutes listing the different topics covered in class. But above all, he loves the time spent outdoors at Mud Lake”

“Wild Bear is fun! Only Mtn. ecology in Boulder County!”

“My daughter knows what a nymph is & hibernation & outdoor etiquette.”

“My granddaughter enjoyed camp.”

“Offers an appreciation of the mountain environment.”
“It is a great summer camp that is outside, is full day & you can pick which days you attend.”

“Holden liked the educational part. Robbie & Jackson liked the hiking (really, they all liked the hiking.”

“They talked about the rain cycle immediately after camp. When we hike together they point out plants & animals/animal tracks that they learned at Wild Bear.”

“Wild Bear has increased their interest & knowledge of nature.”

“What summer camp should be about!”

“It’s really nice to teach city kids about nature.”

“They always teach us things when they come home.”

“We love visiting Ned and always like being outdoors where its cool”

“I think you have it all dialed in. The teachers are great with the children and the programs are fun and interesting.”

“We think very highly of Wild Bear.”

“It is an amazing space with great programs, wonderful teachers & fun environment to learn in.”

“Her favorite thing about Wild Bear is learning lots of new things. She doesn’t have a least favorite thing.”

“I’m not sure how to rate this, but I can say she always came home talking about what she learned.”

“Wild Bear has been such a positive experience for 7 years! Now she’s becoming a counselor in training!”

“Great way to use time constructively.”

“Wild Bear is like a family to me. Loves the little ones and they love her.”

“She knows the names of about 100 wildflowers. Very nurturing for her, emotionally over the years! So grateful for caring staff & for financial help.”

“She’s very appreciate of nature. Quite knowledgeable about birds, insects, flowers. Counteracts electronics.”

“Get the kids involved in nature and respect it and people.”

“The teachers are great and very kind.”

“The entire family loves the Enchanted Forest. I was happy to see the campfire last year.”

“Gives the kids a connection to nature.

“My daughter loves playing in the dirt.”

“Lets kids be kids and get dirty!”

“My kids love it and are so grateful for the chance to play outside.”

“My son impressed people with scientific knowledge gained.”

“He can name all different types of clouds, showed me what gumweed is, and what you can use it for.”

“They love it and were always excited to go! Thank you for the great Summer!”

“I like the option to pick & choose individual days. My kids say they love getting out in nature with friends.”

“She loves the camp song!”

“Great camp. Love that she could take the bus from Boulder. Great being in Nederland on hot days.”

“She talks about different insects and shows a wider interest in nature.”

“Our daughter loved it and it was good for her.”

“She loved every part. Seriously. She did not have one complaint. Not one.”

“She taught us about what to do in a flash flood.”

“You all encourage her love for nature to grow more.”

“Great authentic learning experiences.”

“He’s more willing to hike and loves to explore when we do hike.”

“Connects kids to nature around them.”

“The programs are engaging and valuable.”

“Unique, fun, educational OUTSIDE learning.”

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