Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Volunteer Morning at Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

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

Blueberries & Bluebirds (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, August 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Happy Trails BBQ

Friday, August 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Dust off your boots and join El Paso County Nature Centers for an evening of great food, music, wine, incredible desserts and friends at this special annual event at Bear Creek Nature Center. Limited space. Call for more information, 719-520-6387.

Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, August 25, 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 520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com for an application or to register.

Creek Livin’ (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday & Thursday, August 29 & 30, 9:00 – 10:15 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.

Honey Harvest Extraction Demonstration

Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Watch beekeepers harvest honey from hives, see bees in action in their observation hive, and learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators. Activities, samples of honey, and local honey available for purchase.
Free event!

Volunteer Environmental Education Leader Training

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 11 & 12, 12:30- 5:30 p.m.

Train to become a Volunteer Environmental Education Leader for school field trip programs at Bear Creek Nature Center. After application and interview process, learn
our techniques and programs for connecting students to the foothills and surrounding ecosystems. Contact Paula at 719-520-6745 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com.

Kids’ Saturday Lunch & Learn at Bear Creek

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

Drop your kids off at Bear Creek for activities, games, and an exploratory hike on the trails. Afterwards, we will cook our lunch over a campfire. For children ages 6-11. Prepaid registration required. $10 per member child, $15 per nonmember child.

Scaly or Slimy? Reptiles & Amphibians (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, September 19, 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, September 19, 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.

Great Grasshoppers (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, September 27, 9:00 – 10:15 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.

El Paso County Nature Bus Trip to Sand Dunes National Park

Saturday, September 29, 7:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Take a ride on our comfy, worry-free motor coach bus to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We will begin with a guided exploration of the Visitor’s Center then an optional geology hike to the dunes led by geology professor Mark Izold. Call 719-520-6387 for details and registration. Limited space, $60 per person, which includes park admission and lunch. Ages 13 and up. Prepayment and preregistration required.

Webelos Scout Day

Saturday, October 6

Register for interactive sessions led by trained guides to earn badges for:
Arrow of Light Adventures
Into the Woods- 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Into the Wild- 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Earth Rocks! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$4 per badge per scout. Limited space. Prepaid registration required.

Fall Harvest Festival at Gold Hill Mesa to benefit Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, October 13

Join us at Gold Hill Mesa’s Community Center for live music by Thunder and Rain, games, crafts, face painting, and a variety of local vendors, including delectable food choices, coffee, jams & jellies, aromatherapy, and a walk-in clothing boutique. Great fun for all ages.
FREE to attend!

Go Go, Gophers! (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, October 17, 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, October 17, 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.

Nocturnal Nature Live Animal Presentation and Evening Hike

Friday, October 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Nature’s Educators will begin the evening with a live animal presentation, including an owl, snake, and other creatures that “go bump in the night.” Then we will hike the trails of Bear Creek to look and listen for nocturnal happenings. Ages 4+. $6 per member/ $7 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

8 Legs are Great! (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 – 10:15 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.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Free Screening at Bear Creek Nature Center

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for RMWFI’s Festival in the Community. We will host an advanced screening of a film (TBA) selected for the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival. For more info visit rmwfilminstitute.org. FREE!

Kids’ Night Out at Bear Creek

Friday, November 2, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Drop your kids off at Bear Creek for the evening. They will enjoy evening hiking, games and activities while parents enjoy an evening to themselves! Dinner included.
Children ages 6-11. $15 per member, $20 per nonmember.

 Bear Creek’s 4th Annual Bear Run 3K Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser

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

Join us for Bear Creek’s 4th Annual 3K Bear Run; a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. All new runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep! Returning runners can dust off their suit and register at a discounted rate. Come early for prerun festivities! Find more information and register at  elpasoco.com/naturecenters

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, November 14, 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.

Saturday Morning Birding Stroll

Saturday, November 17, 8:00 a.m.

Let’s see what birds we can see or hear on the trails of Bear Creek and discuss their behaviors and adaptations. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Limited number available to borrow). Ages 5 and up. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Migratory Story (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, November 21, 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Active Adults: Full Moon Stroll

Saturday, November 24, 5:00 p.m.

Let’s celebrate the ‘Beaver Moon’ by searching for beaver activity at Bear Creek. We will then take a stroll in the moonlight and finish by cooking tasty morsels over a campfire. $5 per member, $6 per nonmember.

Life Under Leaves (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday, November 28, 9:00 – 10:15 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.

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

Sneaky Snakes (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday & Saturday, August 16 & 18, 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.

Magic Monarchs

Saturday, August 25, 10- 11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.

Discover the magical mystery of the monarch migration to Mexico. See an indoor presentation, make a craft, search for caterpillars and adults to tag and release for
research. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Itsy Bitsy Spider (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, September 6, 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.

Volunteer Environmental Education Leader Training

 Thursday, Friday September 6 & 7, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Train to become a volunteer Environmental Education leader for school field trip programs at Fountain Creek Nature Center. After your application & interview
process, learn our unique techniques and programs for connecting students to the wetlands and surrounding ecosystems. You’re sure to make a positive impact on the
students! Contact Paula at 719-520-6745 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com.

Fall Bird Count

Saturday, September 8, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park. $5 per person donation suggested.

Animal Talk! (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, September 13, 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.

Fall Night Sky for Beginners with Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

Friday September 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an informative Powerpoint presentation indoors then go outside to enjoy gazing at constellations, galaxies, satellites, and all manner of night sky objects with the Society’s telescopes. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Raptor I.D.

Saturday, September 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Debbie Barnes will present an information-packed program explaining how to identify Colorado’s eagles, hawks, falcons, and kites. She is currently the program chair and
a field trip leader for Aiken Audubon Society and volunteers for many park and bird organizations. $5 members, $8 nonmembers.

Creek Week Kickoff

Saturday, September 29, 8:30 a.m.

Kickoff this clean up week at Fountain Creek Nature Center! Bring your scout, school, and church groups to meet “Stan the Can” and clean up our waterways or participate in creek restoration by removing invasive species. Select any date, time, and location during this week to volunteer for a cleanup, or participate in one of numerous public events happening in El Paso, Pueblo, and Teller Counties. Register at www.fountaincreekweek.com

Sensational Seeds (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, October 4, 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.

Fairy House & Gnome Home Party

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Drop in between 10:00 and noon to visit the forest fairies and gnomes, make a craft, build a fairy house or gnome home in the woods and hear a fairy story with Mother
Nature. Dress in your favorite fairy or gnome costume! $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Dawdling Ducks (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, October 11, 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.

A Sonic Listening Walk

Saturday, October 13, 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Explore the relationship between nature, poetry, music, and sound with UCCS art students and faculty. Experience the landscape through all your senses while deepening your love for the environment during this communal event for all ages. FREE!

Nature Journaling

Saturday, October 13, 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

This is the time for you to unleash your creativity and experiment with different methods to discover your own style of nature journaling. Join us in a discussion on what it means to keep a nature journal then make a few entries in your journal while hiking through the park. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Pumpkin Carving Party

Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Carve a pumpkin to leave at the nature center to help line the nature trail for the evening Jack-o-Lantern event. Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns, and carving tools
provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail. Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. $5/pumpkin. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

Saturday, October 27, 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the nature trail, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and other fun along the trail. Wear a costume. If you carved a pumpkin for the trail, you may retrieve it after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Woody Woodpeckers (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, November 1, 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.

Dinosaurs!

Saturday, November 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m..

What are dinosaurs? What did they look like? What color were they? What kinds lived in Colorado and at what time? This learning experience will include a
discussion/talk and hands-on experience with actual dinosaur bone and other features of these fascinating animals! For teens-adults. Speaker, Prof. Mark Izold,
Geologist/Paleontologist, Pikes Peak Community College. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Modest Mouse (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, November 8, 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.

Punkin Chunkin

Saturday, November 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m..

Bring your leftover small pumpkins (or potatoes) and see how far our catapult will launch your pumpkin piece! A great activity for families with young children. $2 per member, $3 per nonmember.

A Walk in the Woods for Vets & Families

Saturday, November 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m..

We invite veterans and family members to this special naturalist led hike. Service dogs OK. Reservations required. Free!

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.