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.
Valerie Jacobson, aka Sky Fire: Weekend Guest Services Coordinator and After School Program Instructor
Val has been with Wild Bear since spring of 2017 as weekend guest services coordinator and became an after school program instructor in Fall 2017. Val earned an AA in graphic design, BA in computer graphics from Marycrest University, and an MA in Fine Art from University of Iowa. Val is an artist, art teacher, nutritional specialist, naturalist and permaculture gardening enthusiast. In her free time, Val enjoys hiking, gardening, river rafting and living sustainably off-grid.
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!
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:
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.