PLEASE NOTE: MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL NATURE CENTER PROGRAM PARTCIPANTS OVER THE AGE OF 2.

Pre-registration is required for most programs. General cancellation policy: No refunds are given for public program registrations unless the program is cancelled by the Nature Centers.

Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Nature Explorers: Tricky Tracks

Wednesday, December 16, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Saturday, December 19, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Experience a gentle and mindful practice of connecting with nature, with a guided walk through the woods. Thoughtfully designed to engage all of your senses, and imagination, while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com .
$15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a fun puppet show followed by a craft, short hike, or activity! $2 suggested donation per person.

Little Wonders: Rudolph’s Relatives

Wednesday, December 23, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Winter Saturday Strolls

Saturday, December 26, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a nature stroll with a naturalist. $2 suggested donation per person, 3 participants minimum

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Bear Creek

Tuesday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance.

Discover Bear Creek: Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten. A puppet show introduces the five senses and the ways animals use their specialized senses to interpret the world around them. Children will then fine-tune their own senses on a discovery hike on the trails of Bear Creek. CO State Standards Correlations: Preschool Science: 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; Kindergarten Science: 2.1

$4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Winter Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, January 2, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a fun puppet show followed by a craft, short hike, or activity! $2 suggested donation per person.

Nature’s Classroom: Winter Adaptations

Tuesday, January 5, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance.

1st through 3rd grade learners will explore adaptations of Bear Creek animals in winter through a puppet show, interactive game and hands-on activity and a hike along the trails. CO State Standards Correlations:1st Grade Science 2.2; 2nd Grade Science 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; 3rd Grade Science 2.1

$4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Winter Saturday Strolls

Saturday, January 9, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a nature stroll with a naturalist. $2 suggested donation per person, 3 participants minimum

National Winter Trails Day Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, January 9, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

January 10th is National Winter Trails Day! Celebrate with us on the 9th by stopping in the Nature Center to pick up a scavenger hunt of items to spot and find while exploring the beauty of trails during winter. FREE event.

Nature Explorers: Cozy Winter Campfire

Wednesday, January 6, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Little Wonders: Silly Snowflakes

Wednesday, January 13, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Thursday, January 14, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Experience a gentle and mindful practice of connecting with nature, with a guided walk through the woods. Thoughtfully designed to engage all of your senses, and imagination, while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com .
$15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Bird House Decorating Contest

Saturday, January 16, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us in teams of up to 4 to enter a bird house decorating contest! Nature Center supplies all basic needs. Teams may bring 1 paper grocery bag of additional tools/decorations to use. Houses will be displayed for 1 week following decoration while the public votes for a winner! $20 per team. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, January 16, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a fun puppet show followed by a craft, short hike, or activity! $2 suggested donation per person.

Nature Explorers: Cozy Winter Campfire

Wednesday, January 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30
Thursday, January 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Thursday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Experience a gentle and mindful practice of connecting with nature, with a guided walk through the woods. Thoughtfully designed to engage all of your senses, and imagination, while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com .
$15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Strolls

Saturday, January 23, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a nature stroll with a naturalist. $2 suggested donation per person, 3 participants minimum

Nature’s Classroom: Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Tuesday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance

Colorado Wildlife Detectives: Grades 3-5. Students will play detective in a “who-dunnit” scenario that introduces wild animals of the foothills life zone and conveys how clues like scat and tracks can be used to confirm a scientific hypothesis. Students will continue to hone their detective skills as they hike through different habitats searching for signs of life, observing how biotic and abiotic components interact within the foothills, and increasing their respect for the natural world. CO State Standards Correlations: 4th Grade Science: 2.1, 2.3; 5th Grade Science: 2.1, 3.1

$4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Little Wonders: Silly Snowflakes

Wednesday, January 27, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, January 28, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Active Adults: Full Moon Hike

Thursday, January 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Travel the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center with a naturalist to celebrate January’s “Cold Moon”. Trail will include uphill and downhill and may be icy or snowy- if so, microspikes and poles highly recommended. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a fun puppet show followed by a craft, short hike, or activity! $2 suggested donation per person.

Nature Explorers: Nature’s Superheroes

Wednesday, February 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Thursday, February 4, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Experience a gentle and mindful practice of connecting with nature, with a guided walk through the woods. Thoughtfully designed to engage all of your senses, and imagination, while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com .
$15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Saturday, February 6, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Experience a gentle and mindful practice of connecting with nature, with a guided walk through the woods. Thoughtfully designed to engage all of your senses, and imagination, while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com .
$15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Strolls

Saturday, February 6, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a nature stroll with a naturalist. $2 suggested donation per person, 3 participants minimum

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Bear Creek

Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance.

Discover Bear Creek: Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten. A puppet show introduces the five senses and the ways animals use their specialized senses to interpret the world around them. Children will then fine-tune their own senses on a discovery hike on the trails of Bear Creek. CO State Standards Correlations: Preschool Science: 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; Kindergarten Science: 2.1

$4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Little Wonders: If You Give a Mouse a Mitten

Wednesday, February 10, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Kids’ Night Out: For the Love of Nature

Friday, February 12, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Parents, drop your child (ages 6-11) off for an evening of fun activities including a night hike and campfire at Bear Creek Nature Center while you enjoy an evening to yourself! Dinner is included. $15 per member /$20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, February 13, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a fun puppet show followed by a craft, short hike, or activity! $2 suggested donation per person.

Nature Explorers: Nature’s Superheroes

Wednesday, February 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30
Thursday, February 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Friday, February 19, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Experience a gentle and mindful practice of connecting with nature, with a guided walk through the woods. Thoughtfully designed to engage all of your senses, and imagination, while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com .
$15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Sustainability Series: Art to Dye For Creation with Natural Dyes

Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Learn the art of using plant materials to make natural dyes then create a mini tapestry to take home. All materials included. $15 per person. Ages 10+. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Saturday Strolls

Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at 1 p.m. every other Saturday this winter for a nature stroll with a naturalist. $2 suggested donation per person, 3 participants minimum

Nature’s Classroom: Winter Adaptations

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

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance.

1st through 3rd grade learners will explore adaptations of Bear Creek animals in winter through a puppet show, interactive game and hands-on activity and a hike along the trails. CO State Standards Correlations:1st Grade Science 2.2; 2nd Grade Science 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; 3rd Grade Science 2.1

$4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Little Wonders: If You Give a Mouse a Mitten

Wednesday, February 24, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, February 25, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Full Moon Walk

Saturday, February 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Bundle up and travel the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center with a Naturalist to celebrate February’s “Snow Moon.” Recommended ages 6+. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Fountain Creek Logo
320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
719-520-6387

Nature Adventures: Burly Bears

Thursday, December 17, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

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

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Mighty Migrators

Thursday, December 31, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

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

Morning Hike & Campfire

Saturday, January 2, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Start the new year off right by joining us for a short winter hike, followed by a campfire, songs, stories, and of course s’mores! Geared towards 7 years and up. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember.

Limit 20 people.

Prepaid reservations required.

Nature Adventures: Digging Dinosaurs

Thursday, January 7, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

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

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count

Saturday, January 9, 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Beginning to advanced birders are invited to observe and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park. Due to COVID restrictions, please call the nature center for up-to-date registration and participation information. $5 per person.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Chickadees & Friends

Thursday, January 14, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

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

Save the Eagles

Saturday, January 16, 10:00 a.m.- noon

Celebrate Save the Eagles Day with a lesson about eagles all over the world, a craft, and a hike to perhaps see local eagles or other birds of prey soaring overhead. Bring binoculars! $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Limit 15 people. Prepaid reservations required

Nature Adventures: Digging Dinosaurs

Thursday, January 21, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

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

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Friday, January 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance

Walk the Wetlands: Grades Pre-K – 2.
The Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area is a special place, providing habitats for many plants and animals. Students will use their senses to explore this wetland environment and consider the adaptations of the plants and animals seen along the way; Program consists of introductory puppet show, animal adaptations inquiry activity, Exhibit Room discovery, and guided hike. $4 per person, 5 participants. Prepaid registration required. Science Standards: Life Science GR1, GLE2

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Chickadees & Friends

Thursday, January 28, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

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

Canvas & Cookies

Saturday, January 30, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Connect to nature through art! Parents may drop off kids ages 7 through 11; they will be guided to paint the Nature Center’s marsh at sunset, including Grandfather Cottonwood and Pikes Peak. Snacks and hike included. Limit 10 kids. $30 per child. Prepaid reservations required.

Nature Adventures: Wildlife Games

Thursday, February 4, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

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

Junior Birding Club

Saturday, February 6, 8:00- 11:00 a.m.

Club for children ages 8-17 to connect with the practice of birding, increase love for nature, and a desire to care for the environment. Craft following. $5 per child. Limit 10 kids. Prepaid reservations required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Bobcats & Friends

Thursday, February 11, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

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

Canvas & Cookies

Saturday, February13, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Connect to nature through art! Parents may drop off kids ages 7 through 11; they will be guided to paint the Nature Center’s marsh at sunset, including Grandfather Cottonwood and Pikes Peak. Snacks and hike included. Limit 10 kids. $30 per child. Prepaid reservations required.

Nature Adventures: Wildlife Games

Thursday, February 18, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

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

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Friday, February 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Nature’s Classroom are Colorado State Standards based programs to connect children to nature through the hands on exploration of a variety of topics specially geared for each grade. This is a great option for both remote learners and home schooled learners to get out in nature, enjoy, have fun, and learn a thing or two along the way. Upon completion, students will earn a certificate to give their educator as proof of attendance

Discover Wetlands: Grades 3-6
We’ll explore the communities of creek, woodland, meadow, marsh, and pond. Students will learn about living organisms, how they interact with one another, discover differences between living and non-living things, producers, consumers and decomposers. The program consists of a video, wetland metaphor activity, Exhibit Room discovery and guided hike featuring a pond study of macro invertebrates living in the water. $4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepaid registration required. Science Standards: GR3, GLE1, GR4, GLE3, GR5, GLE1, GR6, GLE2, GR6 Life Sc GLE1, Earth Sc GLE2

Active Adults: An Afternoon of Native American Flute Music

Saturday, February 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of Native American flute music, both live and recorded. Hear flute origins legends, learn about their design and what makes them unique from other flute styles. Adults only. $5 per member / $6 per nonmember. Limit 15 people. Prepaid reservations required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Bobcats & Friends

Thursday, February 25, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

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

Trolls in the Woods STEM Competition

Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Build a troll with dead tree limbs from the Magic Woods. Teams of families/friends (4 or less/team) may bring natural rope or twine to use in construction. No power tools or other decorative items. A tour of the trolls and prizes at Noon. $10 per team. Limit of 6 teams.

Prepaid reservations required.

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.