Summer Camp 2019


Come up to the cool and peaceful mountains for the day or all summer!

Choose your own schedule!

CAMP HOURS:  Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
AFTER CARE: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-5:30pm (pre-registration is required) RiDE THE SHUTTLE FROM BOULDER!  Shuttle service is available from Boulder, drop off at 7:45 a.m., pick up in Boulder at 4:00 p.m.

$70/day, $10/shuttle

Spaces fill quickly so register today!

Summer Camps for children ages 3-16 from June 3-August 9

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F in Nederland, Colorado

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each Friday at NCAR in Boulder

Shuttle Service is available from Boulder to Nederland
• Choose any or all days of the week!

NederRANGERS: 5 & 6-year-olds (for the first time Wild Bear). Join other young friends to explore the forest, play, sing and make crafts with other campers with our highly experienced Early Childhood Educators. This program includes trips to Mud Lake in a Boulder Valley School District Bus on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Thursdays!  Mondays and Fridays these workshops are based out of Wild Bear Nature Center with walking field trips to the Reservoir, Frog Ponds and our community garden!
Click here to see 2019 NederRangers weekly programs
Neder Rangers photos

Mountain Rangers – For the Wild Campers who are 6-7 years old The Mountain Rangers head
out to Mud Lake on a Boulder Valley School District School Bus on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Thursdays to explore this magical place and integrate the arts into their discoveries.
Click here to see 2019 Mountain Rangers programs
Mountain Rangers photo album

Wild Naturalists- For the Wild Campers who are 8-9 years old Venture out onto the surrounding Rocky Mountain forest, bring your camera and put on your water shoes to discover the water, the woods, and the mud. Try your hand at catch and release, camping and survival skills, and document the fun through creative lenses.
Click here to see 2019 Wild Naturalists programs
Wild Naturalists photo album

NCAR Fridays For ages 5-8, children meet at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) in Boulder EVERY Friday and enjoy nature workshops in and around the local foothills.  DROP OFF: at 8:30 and PICK UP: at 3:30 pm at the “drop off” at the NCAR parking lot.  Children access the trails surrounding NCAR as well as the famous Mesa Lab with exhibits and scientists who will help us to connect even more with nature!

Click here to see 2019 NCAR Fridays programs.
Click here to see the NCAR meeting place map.

Mountain Youth Adventure Program Summer Camps for ages ten and older:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Nederland, Colorado. Includes Peak Hikers, Fly Fishing, High Alpine Science, Wild Crafting and Primitive Skills, and Counselors or Docents in Training!

Click here to see 2019 10+ programs 

Bear Cubs at Mud Lake: Ages 3-5 with an Adult: Every Wednesday
10:30 a.m.-noon

$20 per caretaker/child +$5 for each additional child (must be related). During the summer months, Bear Cubs is a parent/child workshop. Meet at the Mud Lake parking lot every Wednesday and hike with us to the lake. Venture on trails, sing with us and discover the many plants and animals who live in and around Mud Lake.

Pre-registration is required. HOW DO I GET TO MUD LAKE?  CLICK HERE.

NEW!! Bear Cubs at Camp Chautauqua!  EVERY THURSDAY, 10:30-noon Camp Chautauqua is an enriching experience designed to help children ages 3-5 and their caretakers release their spirit of adventure and forge a stronger connection to nature.

During the Bear Cub program, adults and children venture out on the trails, sing and discover the many plants and animals who live in and around Chautauqua Park.

Meet at the Waterwise Garden, located just south of Academic Hall, every Thursday at 10:30am for this hour and half in the surrounding open space.  Click here to learn more and to register.

Spaces are limited. Scholarships are available.

Licensing: Wild Bear Nature Center is a licensed School Aged Child Care facility and strictly follows all regulations and licensing guidelines. Licensing mandates a 15:1 child: adult ratio. However, Wild Bear maintains an average of 8:1 child: adult ratio, ensuring personal attention to your child.

Wild Bear is proud of its reputation of providing highly engaging, creative and age-appropriate workshops, integrating music and craft into most of its programs. Wild Bear staff hold Bachelors and Masters degrees in the field of Education, Environmental Education, Biology or related fields and have worked with children for many years. All instructors are CPR/First Aid trained, and receive full training in educational philosophy, group management, and teaching strategies.

Click this link to see our photo album!

Wild Bear is an equal opportunity service provider and is a permittee of the Roosevelt National Forests.

CCAP is the Child Care Assistance Program. CCAP is accepted for payment at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center. You apply for CCAP in the county where you LIVE.

If you wish to see if you might be potentially eligible for Boulder County CCAP, please visit their website: The application is posted there as is the checklist of required verification you will need to submit.
Apply online using:  CCAP can be used at Wild Bear Nature Center for after-school and summer camps.

If you live in Gilpin county, please use this link for more information:

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