FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are your drop off/pickup procedures?
Drop off and pick up take place at Wild Bear Nature Center in Nederland. Drop off is between 8:30-9:00am. Pick up is between 3:00 and 4:00pm. Parents stay inside their car until a Wild Bear Staff Member approaches with the sign-in sheet. Parents are masked while signing their child in or out and confirming that the child has everything on the Happy Camper Checklist and that their temperature has been taken prior to arriving at camp.
What is the structure of the programs?
Children will be dropped off between 8:30am and 9:00am. Once the children have arrived they will go outdoors for most of the day, staying at local locations such as open spaces, hiking trails, Wild Bear’s property at Mud Lake, community gardens, the Barker Reservoir, local stocked fishing lakes, etc. Children will be instructed by trained Nature Educators and Nature Education Interns following that months nature theme. They will spend most of the day outdoors as weather permits. At the end of the day, children will return to the nature center to be picked up between the hours of 3:30 and 4pm. Wild Bear is not offering After School Programs as of now.
What is Wild Bear’s plan for inclement weather?
Because we are keeping our group sizes to 10 children, guidelines from the CDC have stated that our programs are safe to move indoors if it is absolutely necessary. However, we pride ourselves on providing excellent outdoor education, so we do our best to keep programs outside even in snow and rain. Wild Bear will not be providing refunds if parents are unable to travel to Nederland due to inclement weather.
What are you doing to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and spread?
Children remain masked when inside our when within 6 feet of other people, wash their hands regularly, and remain outdoors for most of the day. Additionally, all parents or guardians must complete and sign our COVID-19 contract prior to their child’s first day. Please see our COVID-19 contract for more information:
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, please fill out our Scholarship Application and return either via email or in person to our nature center.
Will Wild Bear be providing a shuttle from Boulder to Nederland?
Not at this time.
Will Wild Bear be instructing my child during their online classroom learning?
No. Wild Bear is an outdoor and nature learning facility. Children will spend most of the day outside with little or no WiFi access and no electronics. We are, however, offering an optional hour in the beginning and end of each day for children to do their schoolwork. This will take place from 8:30-9:30am and from 3:00-4:00pm. The hour is comprised of the 30 minute drop off window and the first 30 minutes of the Wild Bear program, which would typically include activities such as crafts, story-time, games, exploring the nature center, songs, etc.
What should my child bring to camp every day?
Please see our Happy Bear Checklist.
What should I be aware of as a parent?
Do children wear masks all day?
Children wear masks whenever indoors, whenever being transported in Wild Bear vehicles, and whenever within 6 feet of others. If children are outdoors and distanced, as they are much of the day, they do not have to wear masks.
What forms do I have to fill out?
Parents or guardians registering their children will fill out the Registration Form and return it to Wild Bear Nature Center either by email or in person. Parents will be emailed an Intake Packet and a COVID-19 Safety Agreement before the start of programs that must be filled out and returned along with immunization records or exemptions before the first day of programs.
Wild Bear is Boulder County's only nonprofit nature center that is open to the general public year-round. Through both our free nature center and many camps and programs, we provide hands-on nature experiences for people of all ages.