3:13 pm - Friday December 16, 6039

12th annual Enchanted Forest

Meet the animals in the forest on one day of the year at the 12th annual Enchanted Forest

Nederland, Colo. – On October 13, 2012 from noon-8pm, the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center will host its 12th annual “Enchanted Forest” on Wild Bear’s property at Mud Lake Open Space where families and children of all ages can meet forest creatures to learn about their natural habitats. From noon-8pm all ages will ride the shuttle from the downtown Nederland location of the Mountain Ecology Center and take a tour in the forest at Mud Lake… to visit with, up close and personally, the native animals who live there.

Not only will visitors enjoy meeting the animals, volunteers in authentic costumes depicting the Mountain Lion, Wolf Spider or Black Bear, they will also engage in a wide variety of opportunities throughout the day. People of all ages and from throughout the region will meet at the Mountain Ecology Center downtown to also meet live Birds of Prey with HawkQuest, and enjoy magical performances by the Enchanted Fairy and the Forest Elf or bluegrass music before boarding the Enchanted Forest bus for a fun five minute ride to Wild Bear’s property at Mud Lake. Upon arrival at Mud Lake, visitors will enjoy music at the campfire, gaze through telescopes at the mysterious universe, meet and talk with Boulder County Park Rangers at the Mobile Nature Museum or can express creativity and make their own nature costume. And, families will travel to a mysterious place where the wild animals roam and tell their stories as they are led through Wild Bear’s “Linnea’s Loop” trail by volunteer leaders. These costumed characters share stories of survival in the forest and how human beings can co-exist with the nature by minimizing impact on the natural environment and animal habitats. Goody bags are given out to all of the children to receive gifts from nature from each of the native animals.

In addition to all of the activities offered during the day, this year Wild Bear will be offering a nocturnal tour to those who really want to meet the animals in the dark! See Wild Bear’s website www.wildbear.org for a complete schedule.

The Mud Lake trailhead is also the site of the proposed mountain educational facility, an off-grid nature center, which will be lit, heated and powered through natural processes on Wild Bear’s property at Mud Lake.

A nominal ticket price of $8 in advance or $10 at the door or $5 for the nocturnal tour; Seniors and children under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Mountain Ecology Center in downtown Nederland which gain access to the events happening both at Wild Bear downtown as well as at Mud Lake, including goodie bags which are provided to each child, including a small handmade journal about the forest animals for children to read or color at home.

This signature event is not only a great mission-driven activity for families to spend quality time together learning about the nocturnal animals of the forest, but it also provides important financial support for Wild Bear, which continues to provide environmental education to thousands of youth throughout the Front Range. With its broader vision to create a nature center in the mountains of Boulder County, this activity is the perfect venue for the public to experience firsthand this amazing resource. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Wild Bear and its mission to offer wilderness and environmental education to people of all ages throughout Boulder County and the Front Range. This event is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha Bank, Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery, Back Country Pizza, United Power and My Therapy Company.

No parking is available at Mud Lake to minimize the impact of the event on the land. Parking is available at Chipeta Park, the Shopping Center and the Mutual of Omaha Bank. The RTD Bus offers service on the N bus from Boulder to Nederland with runs throughout the day and evening. For schedules go to RTD-denver.com.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center at 303.258.0495 or for a complete list of activities visit www.wildbear.org

About Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

Celebrating its 17th birthday, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center is proud to have opened the first non-profit nature center in Boulder County. Over the last ten years Wild Bear has worked to create a public facility to engage visitors in ecological education through exhibits and workshops. During this time, Wild Bear was a key partner in the preservation of Mud Lake Open Space, led the effort to clear over 30 tons of trash from that land and has approvals for an off grid Nature Center to be created there. Opened in May, 2012, the Mountain Ecology Center downtown is another milestone toward achieving the Center at Mud Lake, featuring exhibits, activities and creative nature workshops for people of all ages in this beautiful central location. Within the Center downtown is also an ecologically sound gift shop where purchases support Wild Bear’s mission. Located just below the Continental Divide, Wild Bear offers a unique opportunity to educate local and regional visitors about mountain ecosystems and alpine tundra habitats. Currently, Wild Bear offers year round programs for youth when school is not in session, school group programs, and workshops for adults and families. For more information, visit Wild Bears’ website at www.wildbear.org





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