Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

“Ode to Muir” Film Screening at Bear Creek

Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a screening of Teton Gravity Research’s newest film “Ode to Muir”, featuring Protect Our Winters founder Jeremy Jones and two-time Olympian Elena Hunt as they venture into California’s John Muir Wilderness in search of wintry adventure. $10 per member/$15 per nonmember. Cost includes pint of beer from Rocky Mountain Brewing Co and light refreshments. Doors at 6:00 p.m.

Bear Creek by Candlelight

Friday, December 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us for Bear Creek Nature Center’s annual holiday celebration! Walk on luminary-lit nature trails, enjoy live music, live animals, chili dinner from Texas Roadhouse, hot chocolate, cookies, Santa Claus and festive crafts. $4 per member/$5 per nonmember.

Bear Creek Nature Center Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 15, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.; Tally Rally 5:00-7:00 p.m.

All are welcome for the Bear Creek Regional Park portion of 2018’s Christmas Bird Count. Be prepared for cold, snow and icy trails. Afterwards, gather at Bear Creek Nature Center from 5-7 p.m. for a potluck dinner & species compilation. $5 recommended donation for birdseed & feeders.

Kids Morning at Bear Creek

Saturday, December 15, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m

Parents – Enjoy a morning to yourself while your child spends the morning at Bear Creek hiking, playing games, and creating a festive ornament. Lunch included. $10 per member/$15 per nonmember child. Prepaid registration required.

Coats of a Different Color(ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, December 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Children ages 4-5, with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Accompanying siblings under 2 free. . $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Let’s Catch the Gingerbread Man! (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, December 27, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Active Adults Hike: Bear Creek Nature Center & Regional Trails

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

Let’s get moving to start the New Year! 3-4 mile hike of the Bear Creek Nature Center Trails & Regional Trails. Some elevation gain. Option to bring lunch to enjoy in the warmth of the nature center after hiking. $3 per member/$4 per nonmember. Prepaid registration recommended- limited space.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Engaging the Senses Through Nature and Art

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

An intergenerational (ages 10 and up) adventure including simple mindfulness exercise & guided hike, culminating in fun-filled art-making with Joanna Bolek, artist-in-residence for the Pikes Peak Library District. All materials provided. No art experience necessary. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Prepaid registration required. $10 per member/$15 per nonmenber.

Who Hibernates Here? (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, January 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Children ages 4-5, with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Accompanying siblings under 2 free. . $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

El Paso County Nature Centers Volunteer Orientation

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

Attend this orientation session to learn more about becoming a volunteer with El Paso County Nature Centers – an engaging and rewarding experience! Applicants must be 18 or older. Contact Paula at 719- 520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com.

Night Sky Photography Lecture

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a presentation on photographing the stars and the Milky Way given by photographer Mike Pach. Discussion will include tips, techniques and recommended camera gear for capturing images of the night sky. $5 per member/$6 per nonmember. Prepaid registration.

Who’s Here in Winter? (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday, January 30, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, January 31, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Active Adults Hike: Snowshoeing & Snow Science at Dome Rock State Wildlife Area

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Bear Creek staff as they lead a wintry snowshoe hike. We’ll enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter and explore the spectacular science behind snow. Meet at Dome Rock State Wildlife Area. Only a few snowshoes available to borrow. Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Kids’ Night Out at Bear Creek

Friday, February 15, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Parents- enjoy an evening to yourselves while your child spends an evening at Bear Creek. Night hike explorations, educational games and activities and a campfire! Dinner provided. $15 per member child/ $20 per nonmember child. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Stroll at Fox Run Regional Park

Saturday, February 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Enjoy the beauty of winter while we hike through the Ponderosa Pine forests of Fox Run. All ages. $3 per member/$4 per nonmember.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Hoppin’ Hares! (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday, February 27, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Snow Science (ages 4-5 with an adult)

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

Children ages 4-5, with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Accompanying siblings under 2 free. . $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Fungi: The Forgotten Kingdom

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

Re-discover this neglected Kingdom. Fungi are everywhere. Some are a source of food and medicine. Join Mike Essam, president of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society, as he explores our historical (and modern) relationships with mushrooms, their habitats and lifecycles, and ways to get more involved. $5 per member, $6 per nonmember. Limited space. Register online or by calling 719-520-6387.

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

December Doves (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, December 6, 10:00- 11:30 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Nature Hike with Santa

Saturday, December 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m..

Participate in the interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem and make snowflake crafts while waiting for Santa to arrive at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Then hike the nature trail with Santa to see what gifts nature gives us. $3/member, $4/nonmember. Reservations required.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, December 8, 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,  12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of Suffolk Punch draft horses clip-clopping down the Regional Trail with jingle bells and sesaonal songs. $7/person, pre-paid reservations required. Limit 20 people per ride. Weather permitting. Sponsored by the Miller & Evans Families.

Sensory Safari (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, December 13, 10:00-11:15 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.

Nature Hike with Santa

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

Participate in the interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem and make snowflake crafts while waiting for Santa to arrive at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Then hike the nature trail with Santa to see what gifts nature gives us. $3/member, $4/nonmember. Reservations required.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, December 15, 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,  12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of Suffolk Punch draft horses clip-clopping down the Regional Trail with jingle bells and sesaonal songs. $7/person, pre-paid reservations required. Limit 20 people per ride. Weather permitting. Sponsored by the Miller & Evans Families.

Nature’s Music Makers (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, January 3, 10:00- 11:30 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Morning Hike & Campfire

Thursday, January 5, 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! $3/member, $4/nonmember.

Nature’s Shapes Scavenger Hunt (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, January 10, 10:00-11:15 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.

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count

Saturday, January 12, 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. $5/person. Reservations required.

 

Wolf Moon Hike

Saturday, January 19, 7:00- 9:00 p.m.

Oooow! How did the different moon phases get their names and what causes their phases? Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and an outdoor guided hike on an easy, moonlit trail testing your nocturnal animal knowledge along the way. Dress for the weather. $3/ member, $4/nonmember

 

Live Birds of Prey!

Saturday, January 26, 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Learn about hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures through a live birds of prey program with Nature & Wildlife Recovery Center. The presentation includes two different birds of prey, raptor adaptations, predator/ prey relationships, natural history, personal stories of the birds presented, and our work to rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey. $4/member, $5/nonmember. Donations appreciated for the birds.

Spinning/ Weaving/ Dyeing Program

Saturday, February 2, 10:00- 12:00 a.m.

Join Debra Greer of Wild Willow’s Webs N Weeds to explore the fascinating world of spinning and weaving yarn, and natural dyeing with plants collected from the local area. Participants will get hands-on experience and learn the ethics of collecting. You will be surprised at the fibers you can make! Suitable for ages 5 to adult. $5/member, $6/nonmember.

Fountain Creek Sunset Photography Workshop

Saturday, February 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs photographer Mike Pach will guide this evening photography workshop ending at sunset. Moderate hiking. Bring camera with variety of lenses & tripod/monopod if you have one. All skill levels. $20 per person. Prepaid Registration required.

Backbone Bonanza (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, February 7, 10:00- 11:30 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

The Three Bears (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, February 14, 10:00-11:15 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.

Valentine’s is for the Birds

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us on a bird hike for beginners of all ages then show your love for our feathered friends by making a bird seed ornament to take home. $3/member, $4/nonmember.

 

Julia Archibald Holmes: The Bloomer Girl on Pikes Peak

Saturday, February 23, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Discover what it was like for a woman to hike Pikes Peak 160 years ago by a woman who re-created Holmes’ hike in 2018! What clothes, boots, and pack would she have used? Learn the changing role of women in the outdoors and mountaineering. See an interactive presentation with historic and modern photos, and explore the reproduction supplies and journal she used. $3/member, $4/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.