The Hive non-profit hosts youth activities and outdoor programs – The Durango Herald


Def-I, left, and Sage Cornelius perform at the Pine Needle Presents Wild Hive on Saturday at the Durango Community Recreation Center. (Nick Gonzales / Durango Herald)

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Saturday fundraising includes music, poetry, rock climbing and a scavenger hunt

Outdoor-themed tunes and poetry filled the air on Saturday at the Durango Community Recreation Center Amphitheater, where a fundraiser was held for Wild Hive.

“Wild Hive is our outdoor program that we’re launching in July, where we explore the outdoors with our kids,” said Kelsie Borland, Executive Director of Hive.

While The Hive, a Durango-based nonprofit, aims to help young people develop their autonomy and life skills through art, music and skateboarding, Wild Hive emphasizes appreciation of the outdoors, she said.

Wild Hive will include rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, plant identification, outdoor survival skills, and nesting. Borland said that nesting is “where you go to sit alone in nature and set goals for yourself and your life and think about your values ​​and who you want to be.”

She said the Beehive has a new bicycle program called “Wheelie Cool,” through which the organization will build and donate bicycles to local youth who cannot afford them. As such, La Ruche will also offer bike rides and possibly mountain biking.

The Wild Hive is the result of a collaboration between La Hive and the local open-air theater company Theater of the Wild, said Mike Largent, founder of the theater company.

Theater of the Wild creates theater based on activities people do outdoors and will perform a stand-up rock climbing comedy every weekend in September at Indian Creek Climbing Area in San Juan County, Utah, and will perform at the American Alpine Club Craggin ‘Classic on October 10. 29 in Moab, Utah.

Rapper Def-I performs at the Durango Community Recreation Center on Saturday. (Nick Gonzales / Durango Herald)

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Saturday’s event featured outdoors-themed music and poetry; a mobile climbing wall; a treasure hunt, during which the young people identified certain plants and navigated using routes and landmarks; a wall panel for live painting; stencil of leaves; and general nature crafts, Borland said. It was organized and provided by Pine Needle Dry Goods.

Performers at the event included Def-I and Sage Cornelius, Awarewolf, Neighborhood Skeletons, Dime Store Therapy and Nikki Moon, said Alex Vick, creative director of the beehive.

Borland said the beehive served 88 children in June through seven different programs.

“It was huge for just a month of programming, so I imagine it will only get bigger and better,” she said.

The timing of Wild Hive is working well, she said.

“We’re building our indoor skate park in our downtown area,” Borland said, “so we’re just getting the kids out because we can’t provide the space inside and we want them to anyway. outside. “

She said the Hive received lumber on Friday to begin construction on its indoor skate park at 1150 Main Ave. She said the park will likely be built by the end of July.

She said the yard behind the location was being leveled on Saturday so it could be used to create a community garden and function as an outdoor barbecue area in the yard.

Wild Hive tries to raise funds to provide staff for daily programming, Borland said, as well as a vehicle such as a van or bus to transport young people to and from the wilderness. Those interested in the program can register for the program and make a donation on


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