Category Archives: Adult Workshops

Brigitte Mars

Saturday, August 24; 10am-1pm

Join world-renowned herbalist, Brigitte Mars, and Boulder County’s only non-profit nature center Wild Bear Nature Center for a beautiful, sunny day in the mountains identifying native herbs. Learn about how native herbs can be used for first aid on the trail, nutrition at home, and combating different illnesses.


Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased by calling 303-258-0495 or stopping by Wild Bear Nature Center. We will meet at the nature center on the day of the event and caravan to a specially selected location.


Trail Building Days

Help Wild Bear Nature Center Build A New Trail!

Saturday, September 7 & 14, 2019, from 9am to 2pm

Lunch Refreshments Provided (Let us know of any allergies/vegan preference when you RSVP)

RSVP required!

Come help Wild Bear Nature Center build a fresh new loop trail at the new campus on CR 128W & HWY 72.

Long-time former Nedhead and professional trailbuilder, Tony Boone will be sharing his passion for digging in the dirt with other volunteers (some past Trail Mix members hopefully) both Saturdays in a team effort to sculpt approximately 4000 LF of sustainable, natural surface singletrack for curious bears of all sizes, shapes and colors. The new trail will wind from the trailhead through the forest to a scenic overlook of the Continental Divide and back to new building site.

Construction is on gently sloping terrain, mostly shaded and appropriate for most ages. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must sign a waiver to participate please sign up at so we can plan for food/drink. Closed toe shoes and gloves are mandatory, long sleeve pants and shirts recommended. Bring your own water and rain gear, and a stiff rake, hoe or shovel if you want. Tools will be provided, however a bit limited if we have 15 or more folks.

Meet at the Wild Bear entry road directly across from the Caribou Room and please park along the roadway out of harms way. Cant wait to see you folks!

For more information contact Jill Dreves 303-258-0495

Potential Useful Tool list

stiff metal rakes

plastic leaf rakes


hand saws

shovels (pointed and flat)

McClods (fire rakes)


pick mattocks



Photography with John Fielder 9/21

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

In honor of Wild Bear volunteer and photography enthusiast Chuck Edelstein, this is a perfect opportunity to learn landscape photography directly from John Fielder.

This class will begin at Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, Colorado. Then, the group will carpool to various gorgeous sites to photograph the seasonal mountain landscape.

Find out how John creates his award-winning images and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature. In a comprehensive 3-hour slide show lecture learn how to improve your compositions and get an insider’s look at professional techniques, including the select few menu items and buttons you need to use on your camera.

ENJOY A DELICIOUS ORGANIC CATERED LUNCH!! (vegan options & allergy friendly – let us know)

After lunch, John will discuss the most important tools used in the post-processing program Lightroom. Appropriate for all levels of photographers, beginner to advanced.

Then spend 4 hours up to sunset in a few of John’s favorite locations in and around Wild Bear and the Peak to Peak Highway, photographing side-by-side with John. Expect early fall colors. He will show you his compositions in his LCD, and he will critique yours. Any type of digital camera, point & shoot or SLR, is appropriate. If you bring an SLR, bring a tripod too for sunset photos.

9:00 – 12:30: slide lecture: Color, Form, Moment, Perspective, View, Composition, Light
12:30 – 1:30: catered lunch break
1:30 – 2:00: slide lecture: Post-processing your digital images with Lightroom
2:00 – 2:30: review of camera settings and tripods
2:30 – 7:00: in the field until sunset

Price $395 pp

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 35-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation and has earned him recognition including the 1993 Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award, in 2011 the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award ever given to an individual, and in 2017 Colorado Mountain College presented him an Honorary Degree in Sustainability Studies. 50 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children, and his latest books are and Colorado Black on White and A Colorado Winter. He lives in Summit County, Colorado. Information about John and his work can be found at

Presented in loving memory of the honorable Chuck Edelstein, wildlife photographer environmental activist, and so much more