Jill Dreves, aka Green Darner
Jill Dreves holds a Master of Science degree in Museum and Field Studies in Museum Administration, a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, and she received her elementary teaching certificate in 1989. Jill taught elementary school for 9 years and was a naturalist with the Vail Nature Center before founding Wild Bear Center in 1995. She enjoys hiking, telemark skiing, creative endeavors, and playing with her two sons, Sam and Charlie, in the outdoors.
Cat Brantley, aka Snap Dragon
Cat is excited to be at Wild Bear for her third summer as a Mountain Rangers instructor. Cat has a degree in art education from the University of Georgia and has many years experience leading children in learning. She has been at Wild Bear since Summer 2010 leading the after-school program and Bear Cubs programs and is looking forward to bringing her creativity, gift of music, and love of the outdoors to the Wild Bears during the school year and the Mountain Rangers again this summer!
Judy “Pippi” Graham
Pippi organically uses an artistic lens to see the natural world while combining art and science through every teachable moment. In the past 10 years she has introduced various populations to Mother Nature as a Summer Camp teacher, Backcountry Field Guide, Rock Climbing Guide, Wilderness Education Director, Montessori teacher, Ski School Instructor and as a Native Plant Master of the Rocky Mountains. As a new mother, Pippi lives everyday through Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder while watching “dee dees” and deer in her backyard with her almost 2-year-old son. Her recent accomplishment of a MS in Natural Science Education from the Teton Science Schools will accentuate the days she spends on Wild Naturalist adventures!
Jordan Morrow, aka Juniper
Jordan Morrow was one of our original Wild Bears when he was 8 years old! Now, he is working on his teaching degree and has been an intern/instructor with Wild Bear for the since 2009. Jordan leads and assists in Wild Bear’s after school program as well as the “Afternoons in Garden” workshops during the summer. Once a Wild Bear, always a Wild Bear!
Debora Martin, aka Sleeper Bear
Debora leads our Nederbugs workshops during the summer months, workshops for 5-6 year olds. She loves the outdoors and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with children. She has been with BVSD as an Early Childhood Educator for 15 years, a Volunteer Naturalist with the City of Boulder OSMP for three years, and has been a Volunteer with the Division of Wildlife since 2006. “As a long time Educator and Interpreter, I’ve learned that an early appreciation of nature grows into a life of affection and respect. I believe children should use their senses and imagination when learning about the wondrous world around us. Wild Bear lets me use my experience to give children a great foundation on which they can build their own desire to explore and find joy in the outdoors.”