COVID 19 Update

To combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, Bear Creek Nature Center and Fountain Creek Nature Center are temporarily closed to public access until April 14*. The trails are still open to the public.

If you need additional information that is not listed on the website, please contact:

Bear Creek Nature Center 719-520-6387
Fountain Creek Nature Center 719-520-6745

We apologize for the inconvenience and we look forward to serving you in the near future.

* May be extended if necessary

El Paso County Public Health also encourages residents to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
• El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website
• Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 website
• CDC COVID-19 website
• Call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911 or email


While we all do our part to practice social distancing at this time, please enjoy some resources that will help connect you and your family to the natural world! Included in these resources are Junior Naturalist booklets for both Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers. Typically, these booklets cost $3 apiece and upon completion can be brought to the nature centers, where you are sworn in as a Junior Naturalist and receive your Junior Naturalist patch. Enjoy them for free now and when the nature centers reopen, we invite you to come visit us and if you choose, pay $3 for your patch. We look forward to swearing you in as Junior Naturalists!

These are unusual and challenging times for many of us and we hope you enjoy these resources. Thankfully, we do not need to distance ourselves from the beauty and healing of the natural world. May the trails and open spaces of El Paso County Parks and Nature Centers bring you solace and peace!

Register for programs at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers online. You can view program descriptions, dates, and cost. To register for a program online, you will need to create an account.

Please call Bear Creek Nature Center at 719-520-6387 or Fountain Creek Nature Center at 719-520-6745 if you have questions or would prefer to register for a program via phone.

Bear Creek Rentals


Bear Den table seating

Nestled in a beautiful setting, 930+ square feet, tables and chairs, projector and 72 x 92 inch screen. Seating capacity is 75 theater style, and 50 seated at tables.

Nature Center Rentals

Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers are available for rentals for all occasions:

  • Board meetings
  • Birthday parties
  • Weddings
  • Family reunions
  • Business meetings

Nature Center Room Rental Agreement

Nature Center Room Rental Agreement

El Paso County Parks Facilities Rentals

Information on Other Park Facilities Rentals

Fountain Creek Rentals


Fountain Creek Nature Center Front Doors

Program Room at Fountain Creek Nature Center

Great view with 1,184 square feet, tables and chairs, a kitchenette, and AV capability. Seating capacity is 75 theater style, and 50 seated at tables.


Explore our Parks- Bear Creek Nature Center

Explore our Parks- Fountain Creek Nature Center