All programs require pre-registration. Please call the nature center or check website for current status.

CONTACT: Mary Jo Lewis, Nature Center Supervisor


Bear Creek Nature Center; 245 Bear Creek Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Nature’s Classroom at Bear Creek Nature Center- Foothills Habitats

Creek Week Cleanup

Saturday, October 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Creek Week aims to bring together the Fountain Creek Watershed communities to foster the health of our local waterways for citizens and wildlife alike. Help us clean up Bear Creek as part of this effort. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy. Free, pre-registration required.

Nature’s Classroom- Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Tuesday, October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Students play detective in a “who-dunnit?” scenario and hone their detective skills on a hike through different habitats, searching for signs of life and learning about food webs. Geared towards grades 3-5. Children grades 3+ can be dropped off.

Kids Night Out: Mad Scientist

Friday, October 7, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 6-12) for an evening of spooky science, crazy experiments, and fun games. Dinner is included. Prepaid registration required. $20 per person/$15 per member.

Active Adults: Birding 101

October 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. & October 15, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us for a two-part session for Beginning Birders! Aiken Audubon leaders will teach about bird identification, behavior and habitats, birding ethics, and choices for binoculars, scopes and field guides. Pre-registration required. $10 per person for both classes, $8 per member.

Nature Explorers- The Seedy Side of Autumn

Wednesday, October 19, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Boo at Bear Creek

Friday, October 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Traverse the trails at Bear Creek Nature Center, meeting creepy creatures along the way that will unravel and dispel myths about things that go bump in the night. Pre-register for specific times. Recommended for ages 7+. $8 per person/ $7 per member

Ghost Fish: The Legend of the Lake– Theatre on the Trail

Saturday, October 22 Every 15 minutes from 10:15-11:15 a.m. & 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Theatre Across Borders Production Legend has it, there’s a fish that makes dreams come true. To find it, you may need to join the circus, swim with a mermaid or escape a sea monster. Ghost Fish blends puppetry, dance and silly surprises to take audiences on an unforgettable journey. Set in the beauty of local parks, the play will delight audiences 3 and up. Join the fun! Make a wish. Find the fish. Approximately 1 mile trail loop. Prepaid registration for specific time required. $15 per person. Under 2 free.

Kane Ranch Introduction to Night Sky Photography Workshop

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Join Mike Pach of 3 Peaks Photography for a workshop to teach you how to photograph the night sky at Kane Ranch Open Space. You will need an interchangeable-lens camera with a wide-angle lens, a sturdy tripod and a remote (optional). Limited participants. Prepaid registration required. $20 per person

Little Wonders- Creative Corvids

Wednesday, October 26, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, October 29, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Experience the therapeutic practice of Shinrinyoku and awaken your senses with a slow, mindful walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. More info at: Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/ $20 per member.