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Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Nature’s Classroom: Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Wednesday, October 20, 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.

Nature Explorers: Nature’s Craftbox

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

Thursday Guided Hike

Thursday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Join a naturalist on Thursdays for a casual guided hike along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center. Trails are not stroller friendly. $2 suggested donation. Preregistration is not required but participation is limited.

On the Trail Friday Activities: Migration Game

Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us on Fridays between 10am-12pm to find a naturalist on the trail and engage in a fun and FREE activity.

Boo! At Bear Creek

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

Traverse the trails at Bear Creek Nature Center, meeting creepy creatures along the way that will unravel and dispel myths about things that go bump in the night. Preregister for specific times. Recommended for ages 7+. $5 per member/ $6 per nonmember

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Habitats

Tuesday, October 27, 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
Foothills Habitats: Grades 1 & 2. Animal puppets take a journey through the foothills habitats, shedding light on habitat types in the foothills, animal adaptations, and the importance of showing respect for the natural world. Students will then hike through the three main habitats found at Bear Creek, comparing and contrasting different areas along the way. CO State Standards Correlations: 1st Grade Science: 2.2, 3.1; 2nd Grade Science: 2.1, 2.2

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

Little Wonders: Search for Spiders

Wednesday, October 28, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, October 29, 9:00-10:15 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.

Thursday Guided Hike

Thursday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Join a naturalist on Thursdays for a casual guided hike along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center. Trails are not stroller friendly. $2 suggested donation. Preregistration is not required but participation is limited.

On the Trail Friday Activities: Creepy Crawlies

Friday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us on Fridays between 10am-12pm to find a naturalist on the trail and engage in a fun and FREE activity.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Bear Creek

Tuesday, November 3, 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. $4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Field Experience

Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 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.

Foothills Field Experience: Grades 5-8. Students experience the foothills habitats and learn about the importance of CO natural resources as they rotate through four multi-disciplinary activities and record their observations. Activities include:

  • Guided hike through riparian, meadow, and shrubland habitats, focusing on the hallmark species in each
  • A hands-on scientific study of the water quality of Bear Creek
  • Interactive watershed activity in which students explore human impacts on watershed health
  • Exhibit room exploration tour

CO State Standards Correlations: 5th Grade Science: 2.1, 3.1; 6th Grade Science: 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 3.3; 7th Grade Science: 2.1; 8th Grade Science: 2.1, 2.2

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

Thursday Guided Hike

Thursday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Join a naturalist on Thursdays for a casual guided hike along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center. Trails are not stroller friendly. $2 suggested donation. Preregistration is not required but participation is limited.

On the Trail Friday Activities: TBD

Friday, November 6, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us on Fridays between 10am-12pm to find a naturalist on the trail and engage in a fun and FREE activity.

Bear Creek’s 6th Annual Bear Run; Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser

Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 6th Annual Bear Run; a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. Choose between a 3k or a 5k course! All new runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep! Returning runners register at a discounted rate. This year’s run will happen in staggered waves of 25 runners each. Find more information and registration at elpasoco.com/bearrun

Nature’s Classroom: Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Tuesday, November 10, 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.

Thursday Guided Hike

Thursday, November 12, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Join a naturalist on Thursdays for a casual guided hike along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center. Trails are not stroller friendly. $2 suggested donation. Preregistration is not required but participation is limited.

On the Trail Friday Activities: TBD

Friday, November 13, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us on Fridays between 10am-12pm to find a naturalist on the trail and engage in a fun and FREE activity.

Paint Mines Guided Hike

Saturday, November 14, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Join a Bear Creek Nature Center naturalist at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, exploring hoodoos, discussing the natural and cultural history of the area. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather, bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks. Meet at main parking lot (the one with restroom). $4 per member/ $5 per nonmember. To register call 719-520-6387.

Prepaid registration required.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Saturday, November 14, 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.

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Habitats

Tuesday, November 17, 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
Foothills Habitats: Grades 1 & 2. Animal puppets take a journey through the foothills habitats, shedding light on habitat types in the foothills, animal adaptations, and the importance of showing respect for the natural world. Students will then hike through the three main habitats found at Bear Creek, comparing and contrasting different areas along the way. CO State Standards Correlations: 1st Grade Science: 2.2, 3.1; 2nd Grade Science: 2.1, 2.2

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

Nature Explorers:Sensory Adventures

Wednesday, November 18, 9:00-10:30 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.

First Aid, CPR, AED Classes

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This American Red Cross course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. This blended learning course includes an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Participants must be 16 years or older: $75.

Forest Therapy Walk With Summer Lajoie at Listening Pines

Thursday, November 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.

Thursday Guided Hike

Thursday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Join a naturalist on Thursdays for a casual guided hike along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center. Trails are not stroller friendly. $2 suggested donation. Preregistration is not required but participation is limited.

On the Trail Friday Activities: TBD

Friday, November 20, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join us on Fridays between 10am-12pm to find a naturalist on the trail and engage in a fun and FREE activity.

Living Dinosaurs

Saturday, November 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Travel back in time and discover the fascinating history of how birds came to be. Search for these “living dinosaurs” out on the trails and enjoy some fun crafts and activities along the way. Prepaid registration required. $4 per member/ $5 per nonmember

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Bear Creek

Tuesday, November 24, 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. $4 per person, 5 participants minimum. Prepayment required.

Beaver Moon Walk at Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, November 28, 4:30 p.m.

Let’s celebrate November’s “Beaver Moon” with a stroll in the moonlight, searching for beaver activity along the way. Prepaid registration required. Ages 7+. $4 per member/ $5 per nonmember

Little Wonders: Turkey Time

Wednesday, November 25, 9:00-10:15 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.

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Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Friday, October 16, 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

Traveling Nature Center

Saturday, October 17, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Creek Nature Center staff will set up in Widefield Community Park for some habitat connections. Come visit and discover what makes the Fountain Valley so important. FREE!

Nature’s Classroom: Mapping & Compass Skills

Saturday, October 17, 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

Map & Compass Skills: Grades: 5-12 Time: 2 hours
Geography Standards: GR 6,7,9-12, GLE1, GR5, GLE2
Explorers have depended on map and compass skills to aid their travels and adventures for centuries. Students will learn to read topographic maps and understand how symbols relate to the terrain outdoors. After an introduction to compass use, students will get first-hand experience using the compass to take bearings on landmarks from designated stations along the trail. Students will use teamwork and new skills to navigate through an offtrail orienteering course, gaining confidence and enjoying the outdoors along the way.

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Wednesday, October 21, 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: Squirrel Secrets

Thursday, October 22, 9:00-10:15 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.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Friday, October 23, 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

Jack-O-Lantern Carving Party

Friday, Saturday, October 24, Hourly sessions
9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00, 2:00 p.m.

Carve with us and take your jack-o-lantern home! Nature Center provides hollowed-out pumpkins, carving tools, unique patterns, and other fun decorative elements. Six family groups per session. $5.00 per pumpkin. Prepaid registration required.

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Wednesday, October 28, 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: Whose Clues

Thursday, October 29, 9:00-10:15 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.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Friday, October 30, 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

Spooky Tales Along the Trail

Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Thrill and chill along the nature trail as the Mitchell High School Advanced Acting Class regales us with scary stories. It’s sure to send shivers up your spine and make your hair stand on end. Appropriate for 7 years and up. Prepaid registration required. Time slots for 10 people every 15 minutes. $5/person.

Nature’s Classroom: Mapping & Compass Skills

Saturday, October 31, 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

Map & Compass Skills: Grades: 5-12 Time: 2 hours
Geography Standards: GR 6,7,9-12, GLE1, GR5, GLE2
Explorers have depended on map and compass skills to aid their travels and adventures for centuries. Students will learn to read topographic maps and understand how symbols relate to the terrain outdoors. After an introduction to compass use, students will get first-hand experience using the compass to take bearings on landmarks from designated stations along the trail. Students will use teamwork and new skills to navigate through an offtrail orienteering course, gaining confidence and enjoying the outdoors along the way.

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Wednesday, November 4, 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

Nature Adventures: Eco Engineers

Thursday, November 5, 9:00-10:30 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: Fountain Creek History is Colorado History

Friday, November 6, 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. $4 per person.

Grades 4-6. This unique program combines Colorado history and science. Students discover that Fountain Creek is a hero which provides habitat for human life and wildlife; explore how humans affect and change the environment, and hike through five distinct ecosystems. Includes a human timeline activity, a hike, Exhibit Room exploration and a mapping activity.Standards: History GR4,5, & 6: GLE1; Geography: GR4 & 5: GLE2, GR6: GLE1; Life Science: GR5: GLE2, LS2:A, GR6: GLE 5, 7, 12; Earth & Space Science: GR4: GLE2, 2ESS2:A, 3ESS2:E

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Saturday, November 7, 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

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Wednesday, November 11, 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: Whose Clues

Thursday, November 12, 9:00-10:15 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.

Nature’s Classroom: Fountain Creek History is Colorado History

Friday, November 13, 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. $4 per person.

Grades 4-6. This unique program combines Colorado history and science. Students discover that Fountain Creek is a hero which provides habitat for human life and wildlife; explore how humans affect and change the environment, and hike through five distinct ecosystems. Includes a human timeline activity, a hike, Exhibit Room exploration and a mapping activity.Standards: History GR4,5, & 6: GLE1; Geography: GR4 & 5: GLE2, GR6: GLE1; Life Science: GR5: GLE2, LS2:A, GR6: GLE 5, 7, 12; Earth & Space Science: GR4: GLE2, 2ESS2:A, 3ESS2:E

Talking Turkey and Thanksgiving Traditions

Saturday, November 14, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Giving thanks is part of both Wampanoag and Pilgrim cultures. Was turkey the main dish at the first Thanksgiving or was it shellfish and venison? Who was really at this feast? Learn about our native turkeys, explore the roots of their part in our thanksgiving traditions. We will also play a game and take a short hike. $4 per member/ $5 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Saturday, November 14, 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

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Wednesday, November 18, 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

Nature Adventures: Eco Engineers

Thursday, November 19, 9:00-10:30 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: Fountain Creek History is Colorado History

Friday, November 20, 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. $4 per person.

Grades 4-6. This unique program combines Colorado history and science. Students discover that Fountain Creek is a hero which provides habitat for human life and wildlife; explore how humans affect and change the environment, and hike through five distinct ecosystems. Includes a human timeline activity, a hike, Exhibit Room exploration and a mapping activity.Standards: History GR4,5, & 6: GLE1; Geography: GR4 & 5: GLE2, GR6: GLE1; Life Science: GR5: GLE2, LS2:A, GR6: GLE 5, 7, 12; Earth & Space Science: GR4: GLE2, 2ESS2:A, 3ESS2:E

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Saturday, November 21, 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

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands

Wednesday, November 25, 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

Fall Sprawl Crawl

Saturday, November 28, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Walk off those extra calories with nature center staff and learn about the five habitats at Fountain Creek Nature Center. $3 per member/ $4 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands

Saturday, November 28, 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

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.