Jill Dreves, aka Green Darner: Executive Director
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.
Reba Mitchell, aka Magnolia: Education Coordinator
Reba holds a BS in Environmental Science from Louisiana State University. Reba started at Wild Bear in 2001 as a volunteer and was soon hired in summer 2002 as office manager. She worked as an environmental educator and admin assistant at Wild Bear through summer of 2008. Over the next six years she has worked with various local organizations supporting education toward resource conservation and the urban agriculture farm to table movement. Currently, Reba was hired back to Wild Bear as the Education Coordinator.
Melissa Freeman, aka Honeybee: Community Relations Director
Melissa holds a MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas. She became involved with Wild Bear through volunteering in 2015. She is enthusiastic about promoting outdoor activities and environmental stewardship. Melissa enjoys hiking, snowboarding, learning, making art, and being outside as much as possible.
Debora Martin, aka Sleeper Bear: NCAR Fridays
Debora leads our Nederbugs workshops for 5-6 year olds and NCAR Fridays workshops for 5-8 year olds during the summer months. She loves the outdoors and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with children. She has been with BVSD as an Early Childhood Educator since 1995, a Volunteer Naturalist with the City of Boulder OSMP since 2007, 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.”
Tyler Pelkey, aka Moonstone: NederRangers
Tyler Pelkey is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder in the Environmental Studies Department. She is a Nederland native, graduating from NMSHS, and has been involved in Wild Bear for many years. She is deeply passionated about the relationship between art, early childhood education, and growing an appreciation of the natural world through hands on interaction. She has been working with children both at Wild Bear and through various other programs since early high school. Above all Tyler is excited to for a wonderful summer with the amazing NederRANGERS!
Julian is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. He spent much of is undergraduate career conducting research in the department of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution regarding honeybee communication and also traveled to Costa Rica to work with a rare species of tropical stingless bees. Although having been born in Ashland, Oregon, Julian grew up in southern California and couldn’t be happier to be living in the mountains once again. Julian loves running, surfing, hiking, birding and learning about all of the wonderful organisms in the forest. As you may have guessed, Julian’s favorite animal is the honeybee and he can’t wait to get the summer started with the amazing Wild Naturalists at Wild Bear!
Marley is super excited to be an instructor with the Mountain Rangers at Wild Bear this Summer. During the school year she works with Wild Bear’s After School Program and is a Special Education para-educator at Nederland Elementary School. You might find her running around in the woods with kids, hiking with her black cat, or gardening. She loves to learn new things and explore. If you speak another language or want to learn come find her at Wild Bear!
Adwoa Lemieux, aka Calypso Orchid: 10+
Adwoa Lemieux has worked in the outdoor sports field for many years. She is a ski instructor at Eldora where she specializes in all levels of children’s ski lessons. She was the director of the waterfront at Farm and Wilderness where she taught boating and swim lessons. She loves being on mountain hiking, lives in Gold Hill and looks for hikes where the most flowers are blooming. Her favorite wildflower might be the calypso orchid or the columbine or elephant head . Her favorite color is purple.
Sam Richards, aka Pinaceae: Intern
Sam Richards is a senior studying wildlife at the University of Minnesota. He will be spending his summer in the mountains as an intern with Wild Bear! In his spare time, Sam enjoys hiking, photography, bird watching, and video games. His favorite animal is the Great Grey Owl. His nature name is Pinaceae, the latin word for pine.
Brieanna Sineni: Intern
Brieanna Sineni is a student at Montana State University. Her nickname is Brie (like the cheese). She is studying the deep deep ocean. Her favorite food is watermelon and her favorite animal is a butterfly. She can’t wait to get to know your favorites!
Karsen Stotts, aka Swimming Turtle: Intern
Karsen is a Zoology major at the University of Wyoming. She has an Associates Degree in Wildlife Management and general studies from Western Wyoming Community College. She has always enjoyed the outdoors and just being outdoors. Her favorite animals are wolves and turtles. She also really enjoys aquatic life.
Marissa Rotar: Intern
Marissa is finishing her degree from the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She was raised in Colorado and loves all of the natural beauty the state has to offer. Some of her favorite activities are rock climbing and swimming. She used to volunteer at the Denver Museum in the Space Odyssey center. She loves working with people and is excited for a fun learning experience this Summer.
Ashley Wall, aka Mountain Elephant: Substitute
Ashley Wall is a third generation Coloradan who loves being in nature. She received her Undergrad in Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She recently received her Masters in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, she enjoys rollerblading, hiking, biking, fishing and rock climbing. Her favoring colors are purple and yellow. She loves the number 11 and can’t live without Junior Mints.
Glenn Fell, aka Falling Snow: Volunteer
Glenn grew up exploring the forests of New England. Along the way, he lived and taught in Barbados, Africa, Kansas, and Colorado with a goal to guide students in exploring and understanding nature as observers and listeners. He is married to Lisa Fell, has three sons, six grandchildren and loves snow, biking, hiking, and fishing with the aim of being in nature taking photographs and writing poems.