Nature Craft After School: for ages 5-12
$20/day, Bulk rate: $15/day when registering for 10 days or more.
Choose any day of the week! Children ride the bus from Nederland Elementary School or are dropped off at Wild Bear Nature Center. Each week, with a different nature theme, children often head to Mud Lake or participate in creative hands-on nature at the nature center.
See this link for more information and to register.
2019-2020 weekly themes are below and will be updated for the new school year soon!
Water Creatures, Week of Aug 19th What creatures are trekking through the waterways of the Rocky Mountains? Discover the high alpine frogs, snakes, arthropods and mammals that live in or near the mountain water.
Bird Brains, Week of Aug 26th The Broad-tailed Hummingbirds and packing up and getting ready to head south as are so many other seasonal birds! Let’s learn more about them and their upcoming journey.
Howls and Growls! Week of Sept 3rd Play Predator and Prey and follow the tracks and traces of our local wildlife.
Orienteering, Week of Sept 9th Become a Wildlife Ranger and make a field guide of who we should be looking for in the forest!
Seed Rangers, Sept 17th So many plants have gone to seed! Let’s collect, dissect, germinate and create seed art! Can you get some of these plants to grow over the winter?
Ecology ScientistsWeek of Sept 23rd Become ecologist by learning about the different ecosystems in Colorado. Explore wetlands, montane, and river ecosystems.
Rocks and Gold, Week of Sept 30th Join us on a Rocky Mountain Rock hunt! Make your own rock collection and learn about the history of rocks in the Nederland area!
Wild Crafting! Week of Oct 7th Let’s create some of the crafts of the season: Rose Hip, Kinnick Kinnick creations, corn husk dolls and other crafts of the season!
Tree Rangers, Week of Oct 15th Let’s go leaf collecting! Find the gorgeous colors of fall, the deciduous plants and discover the coniferous trees too! Make Pinecone critters and beautiful leaf art to display in your window at home!
Bats and other Nocturnal Creatures, Week of Oct 21st Eco location, night time vision and other amazing qualities of the nocturnal creatures in our backyard! Let’s study them.
Pumpkin Science! Week of Oct 28th Pumpkins and squash are believed to have originated in the ancient Americas! They are 90% water and so slimy! Can you predict how many seeds are in these pumpkins? Plant a seed, paint with slime and learn from the seasonal harvest “melon”.
Hibernators and Migrators, Week of Nov 4th Winter is coming, what is an animal to do? Let’s take a closer look at the special skills necessary for an animal to stay or go!
Winter Birds, Week of Nov 18th Who flies there? Meet our feathered friends who remain during the winter snow.
Hot and Cold Science, Week of Dec 2nd Explore weather with cool experiments that will bring out the scientist in you and help develop a better understanding of our earth.
Herbal Crafts, Week of Dec 9th As the season changes, let’s find the plants in nature that can help comfort us! Create soothing crafts such as herbal eye pillows, bath salts and rice healing socks!
Winter Solstice, Week of Dec 16th Winter Solstice is the time to celebrate the coming of the light! As we approach the darkest day of the year, make candles and make a wish for good tidings in the coming year.
Moon Cycles, Stars, and the Night Sky, Week of Jan 7th Let’s get up close to those distant stars that bedazzle the night sky. Create your own constellation and learn some mysteries of the night sky.
Food Chain/Energy Web,Week of Jan 13thHow does energy move through Earth’s organisms? Discover how energy is not created or destroyed!
Oooy Gooey Experiments Week of Jan 21stWhat do you know about polymers and gels? Did you know they occur naturally in the world around us! Let’s explore the world of polymers and gels with fun hands-on experiments. Create silly putty, Oobleck and other gooey fun!
Recycled Art, Week of Jan 27thGet your creative juices flowing and use your imagination to create amazing pieces of art with what others might view as trash.
Snow Sculptures, Week of Feb 3rdLet’s build with snow and ice! Photograph your work and display in the nature center! Describe the amazing properties of snow!
Earthly Love: Week of Feb 10thLet’s focus on the 4 elements, Earth, Air, Water and Fire and create valentines to show our love and share with others.
Weather Science, Week of Feb 18thCan you say meteorology? What does that mean? Become a weather forecaster and learn what tools it takes to predict the weather.
Animal Art, Week of Feb 24thHave you ever looked closely at animal patterns? Whiskers, stripes and the veins of an animal? Create a masterpiece as you mold, shape, create, or brush stroke your animal inspired art piece.
Landscape Art, Week of Mar 2ndBe inspired by the panorama of the natural world around! Mold, shape, create, or brush stroke your landscape inspired art piece. photograph, paint and draw!
Frozen Science: Week of March 9thLet’s discover frozen science! What is cryogenics? What is the freezing point of water vs. your orange? Let’s have fun with ice and other frozen experiments.
Fossil and Track Stories: Week of March 16thLet’s go out to find the signs of nature find tracks, squirrel’s kitchen. Make your own tracks! Leave with your own guidebooks to discover tracks at home. Let’s discover the prehistoric tracks and the stories THEY tell!
Spring into Spring! Week of March 30th Time to dust off the snow, take in the sunshine, and get ready to emerge into springtime. Observe and discover the signs of spring happening around us.
Metamorphosis Maniacs Week of April 6thWhat are the wild creatures doing now that it is warming up? Can you spot a Mourning Cloak Butterfly or the Snow Fleas? Are the bears waking up? What are the Salamanders doing? Let’s collect data about the changes of the season and share our observations with the community.
Earth Art Week of April 13thLet’s express how we help the earth to encourage to others! Make natural dye Earth Flags, make paper with your own messages, posters and find other ways to help others help the earth.
Eco Avengers, Week of April 21stIt’s amazing that this is the only planet in the universe with LIFE on it! We must protect it and encourage others to do the same! Celebrate Earth Day every day!
Fairies, Gnomes and other Magical Creatures,Week of April 27thGo on a mystery Trek and find the mysterious creatures of the forest! Identify mushrooms! Create special fairy houses and gardens to take home!
Hummingbirds and other Migrators, Week of May 4thLet’s welcome back the birds who left for the winter! Spring is in the air, look up and see who’s coming back for a visit. Let’s learn about these amazing creatures who visit us every year.
Spring Babies Week of May 11thFrom worms, to deer to bird nests! There’s a lot going on out there! Let’s find all of the new life at Mud Lake.
End of the Year Celebration, Week of May 18thTime to wrap it up! It’s time to take home garden projects and get ready for summer. Let’s celebrate!