Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Kids’ Night Out: Camp Fire Burritos and Astronomy Hike

Friday, April 6, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Drop your kids off for an evening of camp fire cooking and space exploration. Grades 1-6. Prepaid reservations required. $10 per member child, $15 per nonmember child.

Tree Dynamics

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the unique relationship trees have with their surroundings and experience first-hand how they make everything better. Be an active participant in a tree-focused walk with Mike Till, a forester from the Colorado State Forest Service. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Butterflies and Moths

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Butterflies and Moths by Eric Eaton, natural history writer and illustrator, principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Free and open to the public.

SkeleTONS of fun! (Ages 4-5 with an adult)

Thursday, April 19, 9:00 – 10:30 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.

Great American Clean-Up

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.

Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. To volunteer, please visit www.gacppp.com. All ages welcome!

Earth Day Family Stroll at Bear Creek

Saturday, April 21, Noon

Join us for a family-friendly hike to enjoy earth’s beauty at Bear Creek. Create a take-home craft using recycled materials. No fee but preregistration is required. Space is limited.

Springtime Flowers (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, April 26, 9:00 – 10:15 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 Adult Series: Geology of Bear Creek and the Pikes Peak Region

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Join geology professor Mark Izold as he discusses geology of the Bear Creek area then leads us on a hike to look for fossils and interpret Bear Creek’s geologic history. Prepaid registration is required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Volunteer Morning at Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Help us work on outdoor projects to keep Bear Creek Nature Center healthy! Ages 5+. No fee but registration is required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program:TBD

Wednesday, May 16, 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.

Active Adult Series: Spring Birding Photography Workshop at Fountain Creek

Saturday, May 19, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Spring is a wonderful time to view birds. Join award-winning photographer, Mike Pach, as he helps you capture photos of spring migrants. All skill levels welcome. Bring your camera and tripod (optional). We will meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Limit 15 participants. Prepaid registration is required. $20 per person.

Keep Bears Wild (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Thursday, May 24, 9:00 – 10:30 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.

Family outdoor Yoga with Yoga and Brews Founder Melanie Kuhn-Reynolds

Saturday, May 26, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

No brews, just yoga and nature. All ages welcome! Take a leisurely hike to warm up those muscles before a fun 60 minute yoga session outside. In case of inclement weather, yoga will start inside and end with a hike. No experience necessary. Laughing with yoga instructor encouraged. Please bring mat and water bottle. Limited number of mats provided to those who do not own one. Sponsored by Yoga and Brews. $10 per member, $15 per nonmember.

Big Bear Lunch (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, May 31, 9:00 – 10:15 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.

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

Rascally Rabbits (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, April 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Owling and Hawking with Fountain’s Bird Whisperer

Saturday, April 7, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Prowl the Nature Trail and Regional Trails with Doug Harling, Fountain’s Bird Whisperer, to hunt for nests, learn respectful do’s & don’ts of viewing ethics, and a few photography tips for capturing the beautiful raptors of Fountain Creek Regional Park on film. For ages 12-adult. Reservations required. Limit 24 people. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Hooray for Hatchlings (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, April 12, 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.

Tackle the Teasel

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Learn about native and invasive plant species while helping to restore the wetlands to their native condition! Remove invasive plants that “steal” water from native plants and help with other projects too. Tools provided, bring work gloves. Limit of 40 people. Free!

S’mores Quest

Friday, April 20, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Solve puzzles and complete challenges around the nature trail to earn s’mores supplies. Then enjoy gourmet s’mores around a campfire. Prepayment and preregistration required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Great American Clean-Up

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.

Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. To volunteer, please visit www.gacppp.com. All ages welcome!

Girl Scout Day

Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets register for fun, hands-on sessions to meet badge requirements for the following badges:

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Daisies – Buddy Camper

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Brownies – Cabin Camper

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Brownies – Outdoor Adventurer

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Juniors – Eco Camper

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cadets – Outdoor Survival

Daisies $4; Brownies, Juniors & Cadets $5 per badge activity. Limit of 30 per session. Prepaid reservations required.

Playful Prairie Dogs (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, May 3, 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day Festival

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Explore over 20 outdoor activity stations including puppet shows, dinosaur fossils, bug sweeps, kite making, pond critters, crafts, and more. Free slice of pizza for all participants. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. FREE to active duty military families with I.D. No reservations required.

Trusty Turtles (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, May 10, 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.

Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

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

Fourth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 11-13

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 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

Women’s Nature Retreat

Saturday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Finally a local nature retreat for women! Indulge in a day for yourself savoring easy hikes, luscious landscapes, yoga, massage, and art. Lunch included. Prepaid reservations required by May 24. Thanks to our partner Yoga Journeys. $50 per member, $55 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.