• Mud lake Discovery
    Mud lake Discovery
  • Spying on Geese
    Spying on Geese
    NederRangers, ages 5-6 quietly watch the Geese on the water
  • Cool Mud Lake
    Cool Mud Lake
    Ah to get your feet wet at Mud Lake with your friends. So refreshing.
  • Hand washing
    Hand washing
    Covid protocol to wash hands with biodegradable soap before and after lunch. Hand Sanitizer all day.
  • Fly Fishing in the wild
    Fly Fishing in the wild
    Not as easy to catch fish in the wild water... we are used to stocked ponds!
  • Noticing the details
    Noticing the details
    The little duck family at Mud Lake is worth documenting!
  • Fairy Houses at the PlayScape!
    Fairy Houses at the PlayScape!
    Discovering the magic and mystery of nature
  • Drop off at Wild Bear Nature Center
    Drop off at Wild Bear Nature Center
    With the Covid Guidelines, parents are required to sign in their child curbside. Each morning parents are required to take their child's temperature, be sure children have their supply pack provided by Wild Bear as well as water, lunch, sunscreen, etc.
  • Happy Campers!
    Happy Campers!
    Children arriving to Wild Bear Nature Camp on the first day
  • Fairy Houses at Mud Lake
    Fairy Houses at Mud Lake
    Discovering the magic and mystery in nature
  • Hiking Club
    Hiking Club
    Citizen's Science searching for Butterflies
  • Pollen Discovery
    Pollen Discovery
    Phew, those male cones are intense!
  • Citizen's Science
    Citizen's Science
    Searching and chasing the butterflies!
  • Parsinassius Butterflies
    Parsinassius Butterflies
    Part of the Citizen Science Discovery!
  • Wild Adventurers hiking club
    Wild Adventurers hiking club
    Heading out on the trail!
  • First Family at Wild Bear Nature Camp
    First Family at Wild Bear Nature Camp
    All of us were so excited to see the first campers arrive. During the Stay at Home orders, Wild Bear was busy working with Boulder County Public Health and State Licensing to get all of our guidelines in order for a safe summer in nature.
  • See the Geese?
    See the Geese?
    Our NederRangers, ages 5-6 are so intrigued by the 15 geese and the goslings on the reservoir!
  • Primitive Skills
    Primitive Skills
    Trying our best at the Bow Drill. Team work!
  • Sleeper Bear
    Sleeper Bear
    Our wonderful instructors put so much energy into creating magical experiences for the children
  • Citizen's Science
    Citizen's Science
    Documenting the insects at Mud Lake

See this link to view our video of a COVID FREE nature camp!

In coordination with Boulder County Public Health and State Licensing, Wild Bear Nature Center launched summer camps beginning June 1.  Sign up today for Session Two or Three!  See this link for information regarding summer camp.  See this link for information about our guidelines for safety during this pandemic.

We know many of you are experiencing financial hardship at this time.  Boulder County’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) has expanded its support to families.  Please see this link for more information and to apply if you think you are qualified.

If you don’t qualify but still feel you can’t afford Wild Bear’s programs, we encourage you to talk to us about a potential scholarship.  We plan to raise funds to support you and your family.

Wild Bear Nature Center is now OPEN! Wear your mask, physical distance and explore the center.

Mon-Thurs 11am-4:30pm Gift Shop Only

Fri-Sun 11am-5pm Nature Center and Gift Shop

Wild Bear also has a PLANT SALE going on! Pesticide Free, Bee Friendly high altitude plants.  Pick yours up while they last!



Donors are critical to our ability to provide nature experiences for children and families.

Wild Bear is accessible to ALL people.  The nature center is FREE.  Programs are modestly priced and scholarships are ALWAYS available. During this unprecedented time, donations are more important than ever.

Thank you for your support!

Announcing our NEW online store! Love your Mother!

Locally crafted, fair trade, educational and hand picked with the Earth in mind! These items are a perfect way to shop local and support your favorite nature center (Wild Bear :))

Pickup and shipping available. If you are able, please consider browsing and finding something special by clicking the photo to the right!

Our successes


Email here to make an appointment for a tour and to learn how you can get involved.

Thank you to our sponsors!  



Maihaugen Family Foundation








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