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Group Programs

We offer customized nature programs for groups of all kinds. Plan an unforgettable day of learning, team building, and fun for your class, homeschool program, Scout group, staff, friends, or family.

All Wild Bear programs are aligned with district science standards and include:
  • Elements that meet state Science, Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies academic content standards.
  • A format that compliments both BVSD and state curriculum.
  • Professional instructors with backgrounds in environmental education.
  • $150 per 90-minute program
  • Groups over 25: $3/student (upwards of 25)
  • Travel Fees: $0.50/mile if traveling to a location over 40 miles round trip.
SnowSchool on Snowshoes!

Schedule your group for a snowshoe trek through the forests of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Climate scientists join us to teach about snowpack, study snow science, winter ecology and our local watershed. By utilizing state of the art snow science equipment, we will gain knowledge to help us to protect these beautiful mountains. By investigating animal tracks, we learn the stories of animals that live in a winter montane ecosystem.

Snowshoes: $4/pair

Wild Bear Nature Center partners with Winter Wildlands Alliance to deliver SnowSchool—a winter ecology field trip on snowshoes! SnowSchool is offered in Boulder and Gilpin counties.

Plants and Pollination

Explore parts of the plants and their pollinators as you learn about the life cycle of plants. Let’s discover the many ways we use plants and appreciate the importance of their pollinators.

Mud Lake Ecology (Aquatic and Terrestrial)

Meet at Mud Lake and explore our fascinating montane ecosystem. This program provides an outdoor classroom in which children can directly observe organisms and their relationships to each other and their environment. Hands on activities include an eco-scavenger hunt and aquatic collection/observation workshop that provides insight into the ecological health of Mud Lake.

Tracking Colorado’s Wildlife

Track Colorado’s amazing animals! Learn to identify signs that tell the story of the animals that share our woods, streams, and meadows. Investigate the pelts, skulls, and tracks of animals such as bears, elks, and beavers.

Arthropod Zoo

The very popular Arthropod Zoo is available to visit your classroom! Meet Vinnie the Scorpion, Curly the Curly Hair Tarantula, and others. Observe these fascinating creatures up close. For an outdoor element to this program, we will take your class to a nearby stream or pond to look for and observe aquatic macro-invertebrates.

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Food Webs and Energy Transfer

Investigate how energy moves through Earth’s organisms. Join us as we explore our animal ambassadors through interactive learning stations and then create our own own artistic examples of food webs.

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