Leah is a teen docent at Wild Bear Nature Center.
It is OUR responsibility to give Leah hope.
I have been so moved by Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old youth climate activist who has inspired millions of young people from all over the world. They are speaking from the heart about their sadness and fear for the future of the Earth. Greta highlights that it is not the children's responsibility to clean up the mess. It is us adults who need to do something about it.

"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words." Greta Thunberg.

Greta's statement has moved me so deeply and I have more passion and commitment than ever for Wild Bear's mission.

After 25 years, I now see even more meaning in Wild Bear's daily work. The solution to the climate crisis is for ALL of us to understand that we ARE nature. That we are not separate but one. And, whatever we do to nature, we do to ourselves.
This is all about the children.

Wild Bear works every day to engage people of all ages in nature. Why? The more we know, the less we fear, the more we love and protect the Earth.

Sure, it's important that children are out in nature every day. This is a proven fact.and we do this extraordinarily well at Wild Bear. But, it's also important that we adults get out in nature too. Maybe then we'll be more inclined to love it and protect it for future generations..

I personally am so grateful to all of the people who have embraced Wild Bear Nature Center, through the vision of the all ages nature center.
I am grateful for the families who engage in our mission and the donors and grantors who make it accessible to ALL people.

I am grateful to our volunteers who cleared trash and dead wood and built trail on our new land and those who are dedicating a tremendous amount of time and resource planning the new nature center.

I am grateful to Leah and all of our volunteers who contribute so much in the nature center. I am so grateful to our dedicated board, committee members and talented staff.

I believe with all of my heart that our mission is fixing the climate crisis.

From deep in my heart and soul, thank you.


Jill Dreves

Jill Dreves, Founder and Executive Director
Wild Bear Nature Center

...they felt they were ONE with it.
One day six-year-old Hannah, nine other Wild Bears, a nature educator and I went to the woods on a Wild Green Safari. We made green capes and special walking sticks to carefully “bushwack” through the forest in search of the wide variety of plants and animals that live there. We covered our faces with mud to become more camouflaged. 

It was a wildly carefree day and it was difficult to remain quiet with so many un-contained giggles.

That day, one child discovered a chickadee nest high in a dead aspen tree and we quietly watched the mother flit in and out of her nest. What a beautiful stress-free day in nature! 

Not only did the kids notice the special details in nature, they felt they were ONE with it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours
from all of us
at Wild Bear Nature Center!
I wish you a most wonderful thanksgiving in gratitude for your connection to nature.

I wish you time in nature, a walk in the woods, a walk in the fresh air.

I wish you a beautiful snowfall, gorgeous bird song, twinkling stars, and companionship in nature.

Many blessings to you and THANK YOU for reading this newsletter, for contemplating its messages and for joining us in our quest to change the world.


Jill Dreves

Jill Dreves, Founder
Wild Bear Nature Center
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