PLEASE NOTE: MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL NATURE CENTER PROGRAM PARTCIPANTS OVER THE AGE OF 2.

Pre-registration is required for most programs. General cancellation policy: No refunds are given for public program registrations unless the program is cancelled by the Nature Centers.

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: Foothills Habitats
(Adult chaperone required)

Thursday, April 8, 1:00-3:00 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.

Description: 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.

Kids’ Night Out: Colorado Cryptids

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

Parents, drop your child (ages 6-11) off for an evening of
exploring the Colorado creatures that even science can’t
explain! We’re talking Bigfoot, Tommy Knockers, and even the Slide Rock Bolter. Dinner is included. $15 per member / $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Stories on the Trail

Saturday, April 10, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Nature walk meets story time! Visit Bear Creek Nature Center and experience a fun self-guided children’s story while walking along a trail. Free!

Active Adults: History Stroll
Exploring 150 Years of Regional History

Saturday, April 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

In honor of our city’s upcoming sesquicentennial anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture will be drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years. Join Museum staff on a walking tour to explore how objects tell stories about people and place. $5 per person. Preregistration required. Meet at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum – 215 S. Tejon Street @ 9:50am to check-in. Map and parking details: https://www.cspm.org/visit/

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, April 10, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Discover Forest Bathing! Take a gentle and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy Guide and experience nature in a new and unexpected way, with guided mindfulness invitations, engaging with your senses, and bringing a little Zen to your day. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $15 per member / $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Animal Babies

Wednesday, April 14 10:00-11:15 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.

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Field Experience (Drop-off program- no chaperone required)

Saturday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 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.

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.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, April 17, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Discover Forest Bathing! Take a gentle and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy Guide and experience nature in a new and unexpected way, with guided mindfulness invitations, engaging with your senses, and bringing a little Zen to your day. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $15 per member / $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Rocks Rock!

Wednesday, April 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 10:00-11:30 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 siblings and adult.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Bear Creek (Adult chaperone required)

Thursday, April 22, 1:00-2:30 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.

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. CO State Standards Correlations: Preschool Science: 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; Kindergarten Science: 2.1

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

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m.

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!

Little Wonders: Animal Babies

Wednesday, April 28, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 29, 10:00-11:15 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.

Kids’ Morning Out: Cooking for the Birds

Saturday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Grown-ups, drop off your child (ages 6-11) for a day of fun activities including making recipes from a bird food cookbook then seeing which food is our feathered friends’ favorite. Be ready to get your hands dirty! Lunch is included. $15 per member/ $20 per non-member. Prepaid registration required.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, May 1, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Discover Forest Bathing! Take a gentle and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy Guide and experience nature in a new and unexpected way, with guided mindfulness invitations, engaging with your senses, and bringing a little Zen to your day. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $15 per member / $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: A Seed’s Story

Wednesday, May 5, 10:00-11:30 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.

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Habitats
(Adult chaperone required)

Thursday, May 6, 1:00-3:00 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.

Description: 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.

Stories on the Trail

Saturday, May 8, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Nature walk meets story time! Visit Bear Creek Nature Center and experience a fun self-guided children’s story while walking along a trail. Free!

Mommy & Me Outside

Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mother Nature! Bring your little one and enjoy a nature walk, activities, and a craft sure to strengthen your bond with the natural world and each other! $4 per member / $5 per non-member. Prepaid Registration Required.

Nature Explorers: A Seed’s Story

Wednesday, May 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 20, 10:00-11:30 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 siblings and adult.

Nature’s Classroom: Incredible Insects
(Adult chaperone required)

Thursday, May 20, 1:00-3:00 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.

Description: Introductory activities, including a puppet show, familiarize students with insect adaptations and life cycles. During a guided hike along the trails, students have a chance to catch, identify, and release live insects in a variety of habitat types. These hands-on discovery activities provide opportunities to learn about arthropod classification and the importance of insects in our world. CO State Standards Correlations: 1st Grade Science: 2.2; 2nd Grade Science: 2.1, 2.2; 3rd Grade Science: 2.1

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

Nature’s Classroom: Colorado Wildlife Detectives (Drop-off program, no parent chaperone required)

Saturday, May 22, 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.

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.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, May 22, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Discover Forest Bathing! Take a gentle and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy Guide and experience nature in a new and unexpected way, with guided mindfulness invitations, engaging with your senses, and bringing a little Zen to your day. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $15 per member / $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Lovely Ladybugs

Wednesday, May 26, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, May 27, 10:00-11:15 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.

Stories on the Trail

Saturday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Nature walk meets story time! Visit Bear Creek Nature Center and experience a fun self-guided children’s story while walking along a trail. Free!

Fountain Creek Logo
320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
719-520-6387

Nature’s Classroom: Bird Ecology (Adult chaperone required)

Wednesday, April 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

1-3 Grade

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Busy Beavers

Thursday, April 8, 10:00-11:15 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: Map & Compass 101 (Drop-off program, no adult chaperone required)

Saturday, April 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

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. This program is best October through April.

Nature Adventures: The Very Busy Tree

Thursday, April 15, 10:00- 11:30 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.

Fountain Creek Adult Birding Club

Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
CLASS at Fountain Creek Nature Center

Saturday April 17, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FIELD TRIP: Pineries Open Space

Become a more confident birder over the next year by slowly learning details, tips, and tricks each month!. Classroom sessions will be held in-person at Fountain Creek Nature Center, or virtually if COVID restrictions require. Field Trips will be at various places in El Paso County and are subject to change due to weather. $15 per session or $ 200 for all 24 sessions. All-year package available through March 4; per-session registration open after March 4. Prepaid registration required.

For our first meetings focusing on enhancing our identification skills, we’ll focus on common feeder birds like chickadees, juncos, and woodpeckers.

Nature’s Classroom: Walk the Wetlands (Adult chaperone required)

Friday, April 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

Grades: Pre-K–2 Time: 2 hours
Science Standards: Life Science GR1, GLE2
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.

Nature’s Classroom: Map & Compass 202 (Drop-off program, no adult chaperone required)

Saturday, April 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

Grades 6-12

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands (Drop-off program, no adult chaperone required)

Wednesday, April 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

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Busy Beavers

Thursday, April 22, 10:00-11:15 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.

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m.

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!

Life Lessons from Plants in Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area

Saturday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join a naturalist to hike and learn about plants and their unique adaptations which teach humans how to have a great life. This is not a botany lesson, but an inspirational opportunity. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Prepaid reservations required. Limit 10 adults.

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Explore outdoor activity stations including dinosaur fossils, bug sweeps, kite making, pond critters, & crafts. Free slice of pizza from Papa Murphy’s. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. FREE to military families. Reservations for time slots may be required to meet COVID regulations. Call for more info.

Nature’s Classroom: Bird Ecology (Adult chaperone required)

Wednesday, May 5, 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

1-3 Grade

Nature Adventures: Buds & Blooms

Thursday, May 6, 10:00- 11:30 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.

Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 8, 7:00-11:00 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. Due to COVID restrictions, please call the nature center for up-to-date registration and participation information

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Wetlands (Drop-off program, no adult chaperone required)

Saturday, May 8, 1:00-3:00 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

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Colors of Nature

Thursday, May 13, 10:00-11:15 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 Adventures: Buds & Blooms

Thursday, May 20, 10:00- 11:30 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.

Fountain Creek Adult Birding Club

Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
CLASS at Fountain Creek Nature Center

Saturday May 22, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FIELD TRIP: Fountain Creek Regional Park

Become a more confident birder over the next year by slowly learning details, tips, and tricks each month!. Classroom sessions will be held in-person at Fountain Creek Nature Center, or virtually if COVID restrictions require. Field Trips will be at various places in El Paso County and are subject to change due to weather. $15 per session or $ 200 for all 24 sessions. All-year package available through March 4; per-session registration open after March 4. Prepaid registration required.

Summer birds are here and there are new birds in the water. We’re learning the ins and outs of water birds like herons, egrets, rails, and cormorants.

Fountain Creek Regional Park Eco-Cache Rally

Saturday, May 22, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

This is a new twist on Geocaching. You will receive a sheet with cache coordinates. Each Eco-Cache brings you to a place of interest which is the treasure! Prizes awarded at the Nature Center. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Colors of Nature

Thursday, May 27, 10:00-11:15 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: Walk the Wetlands (Adult chaperone required)

Friday, May 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

Grades: Pre-K–2 Time: 2 hours
Science Standards: Life Science GR1, GLE2
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.

Jr. Bird Club

Saturday, May 29, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Nature lovers ages 8-17 are invited to practice their bird ID and nature observation skills in a social setting! In this meeting, we will learn about the tiny beauties that are warblers! Craft and a good bit of hiking included. $5 per child. Prepaid registration required. Space is very limited.

Active Adults: Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, May 29, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Discover Forest Bathing! Take a gentle and mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy Guide and experience nature in a new and unexpected way, with guided mindfulness invitations that engage your senses and bring a little Zen to your day. $15 per member / $20 per non-member. Prepaid registration required.

Nature’s Classroom: Awesome Arthropods (Adult chaperone required)

Saturday, May 29, 1:00-3:00 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

Grades: Pre-K–2 Time: 2 hours
Life Science Standards: GLE.2, GRK: GLE1, GR1: GLE 1,2, GR2: GLE2
We’ll explore topics such as habitat, camouflage, anatomy, life cycles and more as they relate to insects, spiders, and their relatives. Highlights of this program include the “What’s Bugging Me?” puppet show and the use of sweep nets outside. Students will catch live arthropods and examine their colors, shapes, and adaptations. Best during May-September.

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.