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
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 every day! Explore the forest, play, discover and create special treasures to take home.
Click here to see 2020 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 every day to explore this magical place and integrate the arts into their discoveries.
Click here to see 2020 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. Enjoy field trips to the surrounding trails and forests to enjoy playing and learning about your own backyard!
Click here to see 2020 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!
Mountain Youth Adventure Program Summer Camps for ages ten and older:
$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.
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: www.bouldercountychildcare.org. The application is posted there as is the checklist of required verification you will need to submit.
Apply online using: www.Colorado.gov/PEAK. 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: http://www.co.gilpin.co.us/Human%20Services/Child%20care.htm