Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

Bear Creek Nature Center Logo
245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-520-6387

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Topic TBD

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic.

Fifth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19

Discover new birds when you register for the local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Choose from over 30 field trips and activities. Register at www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Mushroom Cultivation

Wednesday, May 22, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Presented by Michael Williams, PPMS. Free!

Wild Food Foraging

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

What edible wild plants grow nearby? Join us for a tour of wild edibles and practical food uses by the experienced forager and teacher, Wild Food Girl. If we’re lucky, we’ll find enough to forage and sample. For ages 10 and up. $20/person.

Jr. Camp Aide Training

Friday, May 31 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Teens 14 years and older who have completed a written application, been interviewed and selected may attend this special training to prepare them for nature camp duties. Contact maryjolewis@
elpasoco.com for more information.

National Trails Day Hike

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate National Trails Day with us! Enjoy the beautiful trails of Bear Creek Nature Center and learn about some plants and animals that live here. Free. Limited space. Preregistration required.

Preserving Fruit: Jam Making Class

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to make and preserve flavorful frozen fruit such as blueberries. Feel confident and proud to give your homemade fruit jam to friends and family! Covers water bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation. Ages 16+. $10 per person, limited space. Preregistration required.

Pikes Peak Library District & Bear Creek Nature Center Story Time- Metamorphosis

Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join Pikes Peak Library District and Bear Creek Nature Center staff for a story time, craft, and walk or activity focusing on metamorphosis. Free!

Nature Explorers: Whose Scat is That?

Thursday, June 13, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Birds & Nests

Friday, June 14, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Women in the Outdoors Self-Defense Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Beginner level introduction to self-defense training. We will expose you to effective concepts of self-defense so you have a better understanding of how to avoid being a victim. $15 per person. Prepaid registration required. Don’t have childcare? Sign up your child (ages 5-11) for the Kids’ Exploratory Morning at the same time!

Kids’ Exploratory Morning at Bear Creek

Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Drop your children (ages 5-11) off for hiking, games and outdoor fun! Light snack provided.$10 per child/ $8 per member child. Prepaid registration required.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Hyperfocused Distractions with Mycophilia, Mycophobia and Ethnomycology

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Greg Sanchez, of the Colorado Mycological Society will discuss the social and cultural attitudes and perspectives humans have with mushrooms. Free!

The Wolf: An Animal to be Respected, Not Feared

Saturday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and meet a live wolfdog. Learn about wolves, how to live safely with wildlife, and how to understand the important role we humans have in the survival of wolf populations. $5 per person/ $4 per member. Prepaid registration recommended.

Sustainability Series: Growing Mushrooms at Home

Saturday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Make your own mushroom grow-kit using common household “waste” products to fruit gourmet mushrooms in a single-use vessel. Organic byproducts such as coffee grinds and cardboard are often perceived as waste but are actually foods that mushrooms can be produced from. In this workshop you’ll also be able to make and take home your own mushroom spawn! Prepaid registration required. $30 per person.

How You and Your Kids Can Take & Make Better Pictures

Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. (Can do all sessions or individuals)

Do you and your kids like to take pictures? Learn how to improve your photos in this class through discussions and practice sessions on the use of compositional elements. Any camera type is OK, even cell phones. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Led by award-winning photographer, Mike Pach, owner of 3 Peaks Photography & Design. $25 per session per pair/ $20 per session per pair if registered for all 3. Prepaid registration is required.

Active Adults: Guided Hike & Nature Study

Saturday, July 13, 9:00- 11:00 a.m.

Join a Bear Creek Nature Center naturalist for a guided hike and nature study. We will make frequent stops to get to know this place on a deeper level; what native grasses make up our meadows? What causes the gambel oaks to have oddly shaped growths of all sizes? Sign up and find out! $3/member, $4/nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: About the Trout

Thursday, July 18, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

How You and Your Kids Can Take & Make Better Pictures

Thursdays: July 18, 25, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. (Can do all sessions or individuals)

Do you and your kids like to take pictures? Learn how to improve your photos in this class through discussions and practice sessions on the use of compositional elements. Any camera type is OK, even cell phones. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Led by award-winning photographer, Mike Pach, owner of 3 Peaks Photography & Design. $25 per session per pair/ $20 per session per pair if registered for all 3. Prepaid registration is required.

Pikes Peak Library District & Bear Creek Nature Center Story Time- Birds

Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join Pikes Peak Library District and Bear Creek Nature Center staff for a story time, craft, and walk or activity focusing on birds. Free!

Little Wonders: Tea Party in the Woods

Wednesday, July 24, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 9:00- 10:15 a.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Topic TBD

Wednesday, July 24, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Informative fungi-related program by the Pikes Peak Mycological Society. Free!

How You and Your Kids Can Take & Make Better Pictures

Thursday, July 25, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. 

Do you and your kids like to take pictures? Learn how to improve your photos in this class through discussions and practice sessions on the use of compositional elements. Any camera type is OK, even cell phones. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Led by award-winning photographer, Mike Pach, owner of 3 Peaks Photography & Design. $25 per pair. Prepaid registration is required.

Edwin James: First Recorded Man to Climb Pikes Peak

Saturday, July 27, 1:00 p.m.

An explorer, doctor, botanist, author, translator and abolitionist, Edwin James has somehow slipped between the cracks of history. With the bicentennial year of Edwin’s successful climb to the
summit of Pikes Peak (via Bear Creek Canton!) as a member of the Long Expedition approaching, Mark James illuminates the story of his distant ancestor in a fascinating presentation. Followed by a short hike to I.D. some Bear Creek plants, including one named for Edwin James! $10 per person. Preregistration recommended.

A Closer Peek at Bear Creek!

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. OR 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to keep our watershed healthy and visit the stream to search for aquatic life. Find out what these species can teach us about the health of the stream. Recommended ages 5+. $5 per person/ $4 per member. Limited space. Prepaid registration required.

Moonlight Storytelling Hike

Friday, August 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the moonlit trails of Bear Creek Nature Center accompanied by storytelling. A great evening for all ages! Prepaid registration required. Limited space. $5 per person/ $4 per member.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Title TBD

Tuesday, August 20, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Informative fungi-related program by Jill Easterday. Jill has a masters degree in environmental management with a focus in mycoremediation. She is currently the president of the Bay Area Applied Mycology as well as a member of both the San Francisco Mycological Society and the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Jill is employed at The Odin, a company that sells DIY biohacking kits and is pleased to be working with Ecovative developing a new fungi kit. In her free time she enjoys playing with bioluminescent organisms. Free!

Nature Explorers: Sun Power!

Wednesday, August 21, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 22, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Title TBD

Wednesday, August 21, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Informative fungi-related program by Britt Bunyard, PhD, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Free!

Happy Trails BBQ

Friday, August 23, 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

Dust off your boots and join El Paso County Nature Centers for an evening of great food, music, wine, incredible desserts and friends at this special annual event at Bear Creek Nature Center. Limited space. Call for more information.

Little Wonders: Creek Exploration

Wednesday, August 28, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 29, 9:00- 10:15 a.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Fountain Creek Logo
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
719-520-6745

Feline Friends (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, May 9, 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story, and a short hike. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Homeschool Fridays- Awesome Arthropods

Friday, May 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Not “bugs”—arthropods! Learn about insects, spiders, and their relatives with a puppet show, arthropod activity, and guided hike to catch arthropods. Geared towards grades K-2. $4 per person, 15 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepayment required.

Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 11, 7:00-11:00 a.m.

Beginning to advanced birders count and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during the height of spring migration. $5 per participant.

Fifth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19

Discover new birds when you register for the local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Choose from over 30 field trips and activities. Register at www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org.

Junior Docent Training

Thursday, May 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Seeking motivated teens to develop public speaking experience, learn about nature, earn service hours and work at least four 3-hour shifts during the summer. Written application, interview and training required. Contact Nancy Bernard at nancybernard@elpasoco.com for application.

Jr. Camp Aide Training

Wednesday, June 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Teens 14 years and older who have completed a written application, been interviewed and selected may attend this special training to prepare them for nature camp duties. Contact nancybernard@
elpasoco.com for more information.

Nature Adventures: Terrific Turtles

Thursday, June 6, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities and discovery time on the trail. $3 per person.

Story Time with Pikes Peak Library District

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Hear wildlife stories & then enjoy the trails on your own. Geared towards a pre-school audience. Free!

Pikes Peak Library Bookmobile at Fountain Creek Nature Center

June 13, 27, July 11, 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Read, read, read! The bookmobile will be at Fountain Creek Nature Center for you to explore books and check them out to take home!

Bears & Mountain Lions, Oh My!

Saturday, June 15, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Using skins and skulls, learn the biology and behavior of these predators and learn how to react if a chance encounter occurs. Hike following. Ages 7+. $3/member, $4/nonmember. Prepaid registration required. Limit 30.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Wiggly Worms

Thursday, June 20, 9:00- 10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story and a short hike. $3 per person.

Annual Firefly Celebration & Night Hike

Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, 7:30- 9:00 p.m.

Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these rare wonders in the park. $4/member, $5/non-member

Nature Adventures: Forts & Fairies

Friday, July 5, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities and discovery time on the trail. $3 per person.

Story Time with Pikes Peak Library District

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.

Hear wildlife stories & then enjoy the trails on your own. Geared towards a pre-school audience. Free!

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Buggy Wuggy

Thursday, July 18, 9:00- 10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story and a short hike. $3 per person.

Wildlife Skull Mysteries

Saturday, July 27, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Ever found a skull and wondered what animal it is? Learn skills to decipher clues on a wildlife skull that reveal its identity. Test your knowledge on a “mystery” skull then take a guided hike to look for wildlife. Ages 8+. Prepaid registration required. $4/member, $5/nonmember. Limit 30.

Nature Adventures: Nature N’Art

Thursday, August 1, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities and discovery time on the trail. $3 per person.

Pickling 101

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Learn to preserve vegetables using research-based techniques to safely pickle vegetables; covers water bath canning basics. Workshop is hands-on and you will take home your own jar of pickles. Participants 16+. Prepaid registration required. $12/person. Limit 12.

Friendly Frogs

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Frog species come in a variety of colors and sizes. Learn to identify some common frogs and their sounds. Indoor activities include a fly catching contest and making an origami frog followed by a guided
hike. For ages 6+. $4/member, $5/nonmember. Prepaid registration required. Maximum 30.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Rockin’ Rolypolies

Thursday, August 15, 9:00- 10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story and a short hike. $3 per person.

Crazy Crawdads

Saturday, August 17, 9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

After a brief introduction to our “freshwater lobsters,” we’ll hike or caravan to a nearby pond to catch and release crawdads. Supplies provided. Prepaid registration required. $4/member, $5/nonmember.

Monarch Magic

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Discover the magical mystery of the monarch migration to Mexico. See an indoor presentation, make a craft, search for caterpillars and adults to tag and release for research. Prepaid registration required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Pre-registration is required for most programs. Space may be limited. General cancellation policy: No refunds are given for public program registrations unless the program is cancelled by the Nature Centers. In the case of severe or dangerous weather staff may deem the conditions unsafe and may reschedule or cancel an event or program. All refunds will be paid by check. Check refunds may take 3-4 weeks to process.