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: Administrative Assistant
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.
Jordan Morrow, aka Juniper: Wild Naturalists
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 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: 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.”
Kirsten Springer, aka Deer Heart: Homesteading (Ages 10+)
Kirsten Springer holds a BS from the University of Wyoming in environmental interpretation and a MS from Colorado State University in Wilderness Ecosystem Planning. She has worked in various university, county, state, federal and nonprofit positions training teachers in environmental education as well as leading children to explore and discover the wonders of nature in preschool programs, summer camps and after school programs she has created, planned and led. She currently works for Wild Bear however she can be most useful, as the Youth Development STEM program associate for CSU County Extension and 4H, for Gilpin County Parks and Recreation Youth Camp, and in historical interpretation and education for Tesoro Cultural Center at the Fort in Morrison.
Ashley Wall, aka Elephant: NederRangers and Mountain Rangers
Ashley Wall is a third generation Coloradan who loves being in nature. She received her Undergrad in Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Ashley interned at Wild Bear for two years, and was promoted into leading Wild Naturalists. During a recent hiatus from Wild Bear, she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education. We are fortune to have her rejoin us this year to lead Mountain Rangers and NederRangers. 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: Wild Naturalists
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.
Celine, aka Mariposa: NederRangers
Celine is a Colorado native who loves the outdoors and working with children of all ages. She has a degree in Environmental Studies and Dance from CU Boulder and studied abroad both for a year in Chile and on a one month Natural Resources and Land Management intensive in northern Tanzania. After college, she moved to Hungary to teach English where she quickly discovered her love of working with children. Upon moving back to the USA, she lived and worked in Asheville, NC before returning to her beloved Colorado. For the last two years she worked at the Nederland Library as the Director of Children and Youth Services, and she is excited to take her skills and experiences to Wild Bear!
Eden Lolley, aka Forest Fairy: Intern
Eden’s love for nature has grown into a passion to protect the environment from destruction. She will start at Humboldt State University this fall to major in Environmental Resources Engineering; Her goal is to combat climate change by eradicating fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources.
Machaela Grimes: Intern
Machaela Grimes is an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky. She’s currently majoring in environmental and sustainability studies and hopes to one day use her skills to help those who suffer from environmental injustices across the US and other nations. Her love for our Earth and those who inhabit it has given her a purpose to leave this world better then when she entered.
Hayley Sundstrom: Intern
Hayley is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, double majoring in psychology and environmental studies. She believes in the healing power of being immersed in the natural world, and is dedicated to helping others re-establish a genuine connection with nature to restore both physical and mental well-being.