Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

COVID 19 Update

To combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, Bear Creek Nature Center and Fountain Creek Nature Center are temporarily closed to public access until April 14.*

If you need additional information that is not listed on the website, please contact:

Bear Creek Nature Center 719-520-6387
Fountain Creek Nature Center 719-520-6745

We apologize for the inconvenience and we look forward to serving you in the near future.

* May be extended if necessary

El Paso County Public Health also encourages residents to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:

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

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 11
9:00-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., 1:00-2:00 p.m., 3:00-44:00 p.m.

Meet a live rabbit and learn about rabbits via a fun, interactive slide show. Then join the Bunny Guide to search for eggs along the trail. Ages 2-10 with an adult. Prepaid registration required.
$5 per member child, $6 per nonmember child.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Live Birds of Prey
Presented by Pueblo Raptor Center

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Social & refreshments at 6:30pm.

Kids’ Night Out- Let’s Get Batty!

Friday, April 17, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

April 17 is Bat Appreciation Day! Parents, drop your child (ages 6-11) off for an evening of hiking and bat-ty activities. Dinner included. $15 per member/ $20 per nonmember.

Family Movie Matinee

Saturday, April 18 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Families are welcome to this FREE program. We will watch a beautiful PBS nature film and then go for a hike after being inspired to look for the amazing animals that call Colorado home.
Preregistration is required. Snacks will be available for purchase.

Nature Explorers: Sound Science

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

Pikes Peak Mycological Society- Topic TBD

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

Learn more about the fascinating world of fungi with the Pikes Peak Mycological Society. Free!

City Nature Challenge Walk

Saturday, April 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Help compete in the City Nature Challenge by participating in the citizen science app, iNaturalist. On this guided hike we will identify as many species as possible. Learn about the app and how you can continue to collect new findings! Phone with iNaturalist app (free in app store) recommended. Limit 30 people. Registration required. $2 donation requested.

Friends of the Equestrian Skill Course
Spring Fling 5K Poker Ride/Run

Saturday, April 25

Calling all Hikers, Bikers, Runners and Horseback Riders for the 3rd Annual 5K Poker Ride/Run at Bear Creek Regional Park. Leashed dogs and strollers welcome too! Prizes Awarded! For more
info, visit equestrianskillscourse.org

Little Wonders: Bear Wakes Up

Wednesday, April 29, 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.

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, May 2

Bear Creek Nature Center is just one cleanup site in this National endeavor! Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. To volunteer, please visit gacppp.com. All ages welcome!

Hummingbirds A-buzz!

Wednesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Come learn to identify our 4 different species! We’ll learn tips and tricks for attracting them, from feeders to hummingbird plants. We’ll also address challenges such as ants! Taught by Michael Rogers, owner of Songbird & the Orchid. Limited space. Prepaid registration recommended. $4 per member/ $5 per nonmember.

Full Flower Moon Storytelling Hike at Fox Run Regional Park

Friday, May 8, 8:00 p.m.

Let’s celebrate May’s full moon with a hike and storytelling. A great evening for all ages! Prepaid registration required. Limited space. $5 per person/ $4 per member.

Kids’ Morning at Bear Creek: Nature Journaling

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Drop your child (ages 7-12) off at Bear Creek for the morning where they will join Lisa Nowak from Pikes Peak Artist Collective to explore nature by drawing and painting fascinating creatures
found in the Bear Creek area. We’ll enjoy fun stories and lunch as well! All materials provided. $15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Sixth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday- Sunday, May 15-17

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.

Nature Explorers: SkeleTONS of Fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 9:00- 10:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.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.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Birds to Dinosaurs

Wednesday, May 20, 7:00pm

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Social & refreshments at 6:30pm.

Little Wonders: Water Wonders

Wednesday, May 27, 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.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society- Topic TBD

Wednesday, May 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn more about the fascinating world of fungi with the Pikes Peak Mycological Society. Free!

Teen Camp Assistant Training at Bear Creek Nature Center

Friday, May 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Seeking teens who are excited about nature and working with young children! Applicants must be at least 14 years old and able to work at least one full week of nature camp. Written application, interview and training required. For more information and to apply contact Mary Jo Lewis, maryjolewis@elpasoco.com

Active Adults: Wildflower Hike

Saturday, May 30, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Join a naturalist for a walk as we discover what’s blooming at Bear Creek and identify as many wildflowers as possible. Learn something new and enjoy a morning in nature! Prepaid registration required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

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Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Trusty Turtles

Thursday, April 9, 9:00 a.m.- 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.

Chocolate Bunny Walk & Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 11, 9:00-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. & 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Meet a live rabbit, learn about rabbits via a fun, interactive slide show, then hunt for eggs as you hike through the woods. For children ages 2-10 with an adult. $6 per non-member child, $5 per
member child. Limit 60 children/session. Prepaid registration required.

Homeschool Fridays- Discover Wetlands

Friday, April 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore the five habitats at Fountain Creek Regional Park including a short video, “wetland metaphor”, and a pond study. Grades 3-6. $4 per person, 15 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepaid registration required.

Junior Bird Club

Saturday, April 18, 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Continuing bi-monthly program for children ages 8-17 to connect with the practice of birding, increase love for nature, and a desire to care for the environment. This month hawking and owling, owl pellet dissection and a craft. Bring binoculars. $5 per meeting. Prepaid registration required

National Beaver Day Celebration! STEM Program

Saturday, April 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Discover the beaver’s secret to being the best dam builders, their value as wetland engineers, take a dam hike, and even build a dam! Family friendly. $5 per person, $4 per member.
Prepaid registration required.

City Nature Challenge Walk

Saturday, April 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Help compete in the City Nature Challenge by participating in the citizen science app, iNaturalist. On this guided hike we will identify as many species as possible. Learn about the app and how you can continue collecting new findings! Limit 30 people. Registration required. $2 donation requested.

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day Festival

Saturday, May 2, 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 from Papa Murphy’s. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. FREE to military families with I.D. No pre-registration required.

Nature Adventures : Wiggly Worms

Thursday, May 7, 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 on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Homeschool Fridays–Awesome Arthropods

Friday, May 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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

Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 a.m.- 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.

Sixth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 15-17

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.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Crazy Canines

Thursday, 21, 9:00 a.m.- 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.

Senior Morning Walk and Coffee

Saturday, May 23, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Stretch your legs and stroll through Fountain Creek Regional Park with a naturalist, exploring five habitats at an easy pace. Then socialize over coffee and cookies at the nature center. $5
per person, $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Tackle the Teasel

Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Details TBD

Become a Junior Docent
at Fountain Creek Nature Center!

Thursday, May 28, 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 prior to training.

Fountain Creek Sunset Photography Workshop

Saturday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs photographer Mike Pach of 3 Peaks Photography & Design will guide this evening photography workshop ending at sunset. Moderate hiking. Bring camera with wide variety of lenses and tripod/monopod if you have one. All skill levels. Limit 15 participants. $20 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Teen Camp Assistant Training at Fountain Creek Nature Center

Thursday, June 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Seeking teens who are excited about nature and working with young children! Applicants must be at least 14 years old and able to work at least one full week of nature camp. Written application, interview and training required. For more information and to apply contact Nancy Bernard, nancybernard@elpasoco.com

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.