by Maggie Flickinger
Last week Nicole Delmage, Barrett Studio associate, was elected to serve on the Board of the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center. She’s been building her relationship with Wild Bear for the past five years, first acting as Project Manager designing a state-of-the-art Nature Center at their property at Mud Lake (rendering below), then volunteering design time for their new downtown Nederland Headquarters.
Of her involvement with Wild Bear, Nicole says, “Since living and working here in Colorado I have fallen in love with the high alpine region that is the focus of Wild Bear’s programs. Combined with an ongoing relationship and a growing connection with the people and mission, Wild Bear is a perfect venue for me to impact my community.”
While Nicole’s contributions as a board member are sure to be many, her long-term focus will be to engender support for the eventual build-out of the Mud Lake Center. The design, which has received Site Plan approval from Boulder County, features multiple levels of learning, inspired by various animal habitats in the alpine ecosystem. The Mound House is an earth sheltered amphitheater, the Discovery House is a lens shaped exhibit & research center, and the observation tower invites tree-top & sky exploration. The Center serves as a nature-inspired entry to the 3,000 acres of open space adjacent to Mud Lake.
In terms of realizing this mission-based design, Nicole recognizes that, “In the short term the focus of the board’s work is the basic sustainability of the organization as a whole, but in the long-term I would like to stay on task with Wild Bear’s vision to create an ecology center in the mountains. This is a project that makes sense for the region, that has meaning, and that speaks to me on both a personal and professional level.”
For more information on Wild Bear’s mission to foster life-long appreciation of the environment in “kids” of all ages, please visit Wild Bear’s site.
For more information on the Mud Lake Ecology Center, please visit Barrett Studio’s site.