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

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.

Join us for the 12th Annual Happy Trails Fundraiser! This year’s event will take place in Fox Run Regional Park as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of El Paso County Parks and raise funds for a new Northern El Paso County Nature Center! Attendees can expect the same delicious Buffalo Gals BBQ, drinks and decadent desserts that are a staple of this beloved event. Wirewood Station will fill the lakeside space with their special Americana sound. This is sure to be a magical evening in a breathtaking space as we celebrate and raise funds for a great cause!

Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Little Wonders: Busy Bees

Wednesday, June 16, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, June 17, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.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’ Night Out: Creek Night

Friday, June 18, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Grown-ups, drop off your child (ages 6-11) for an evening of creek exploration and water-themed games and activities. Dinner is included. $15 per member/ $20 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, June 26, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines on a gentle walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Go, Go, Gopher!

Wednesday, July 7, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 8, 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.

Kids’ Morning Out: Dinos!

Saturday, July 10, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Grown-ups, drop off your child (ages 6-11) for a day of fun activities exploring the world of dinosaurs and their modern feathered cousins. Lunch is included. $15 per member / $20 per non-member. Prepaid registration required.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, July 10, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines on a gentle walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Gone Fishin’

Wednesday, July 21, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 22, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.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.

Preschool Creek Adventure

Saturday, July 24, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Children age 2-5 with a grown up are invited for a morning of water, fun, and exploration in Bear Creek! Come prepared to get wet! $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, July 31, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines on a gentle walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Snail Tales

Wednesday, August 4, 9:00-10:30a.m. & 1:00-2:30p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 9:00-10:30a.m. & 1:00-2:30p.m.
Thursday, August 19, 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 siblings and adult.

El Paso County Parks 50th Anniversary Wood Cookie Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. until cookies run out

Twenty wooden cookies will be hidden around the nature trail by 10:00 a.m. Find a cookie and redeem it for a Parks 50th Anniversary water bottle at the nature center! Free!

Sustainability Series: Essential Oils for Immune Support and Travel

Saturday, August 7, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Join certified Aromatherapist Debbi Alberto to explore recipes, safety with Essential Oils, how-to’s, plus DIY take-home projects to help you support your immune system and sanitize your surroundings. Debbi will help you understand how essential oils will be one of your primary go-to’s for sustainable health. $15 per person

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, August 7, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines on a gentle walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: TREEmendous Trees

Wednesday, August 11, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Wednesday,. August 25, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, August 26, 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.

Family Animal Yoga with Peaceful Warriors

Saturday, August 14, 10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Travel to distant lands and learn about your favorite animals and where they live. Be your favorite animal with themed yoga poses. Movement, breathwork, relaxation and a craft activity make this fun for all ages. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Snail Tales

Wednesday, August 18, 9:00-10:30a.m. & 1:00-2:30p.m.
Thursday, August 19, 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 siblings and adult.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines

Saturday, August 21, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines on a gentle walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy visit www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: TREEmendous Trees

Wednesday,. August 25, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, August 26, 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.

Honeybee Celebration Day

Saturday, August 28, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

We are thankful to bees and other pollinators for many things in our lives. Stop in to see bees in action in their observation hive and learn about their importance in the environment. Activities, crafts, and more! $1 per person donation suggested.

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

Active Adults: Hike with a Geek

Saturday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.- noon

Celebrate National Hike with a Geek Day with us by joining one of our naturalists for a walk that’s nerdy by nature! Scientific names and their meanings, biological processes, and odd trivia will make this an informative trip to geek out over! $5 per nonmember / $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Friendly Frogs

Thursday, July 8, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 9, 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.

Annual Firefly Celebration & Night Hike

Friday, July 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 10, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these rare wonders in the park. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Adventures: Beautiful Butterflies

Thursday, July 15, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 16, 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.

Active Adults: Wisdom, Wood & Wine

Saturday, July 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Adults (ages 21+) will make a unique piece of home decor using recycled wood and other creatively repurposed materials. Each piece will include a favorite quote from a famous naturalist. Supplies, step-by-step instructions, soft drinks, and light snacks will be provided. Alcoholic drinks are BYOB. $20 per member / $25 per nonmember. Preregistration required.

El Paso County Parks 50th Anniversary Wood Cookie Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. until cookies run out

Twenty wooden cookies will be hidden around the nature trail by 10:00 a.m. Find a cookie and redeem it for a Parks 50th Anniversary water bottle at the nature center! Free!

Home Food Preservation Series: Pickling

Saturday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.- noon

Preserve the season’s bounty! Home canning requires knowledge of food preservation. In these introductory classes, participants will learn about botulism risks, overview of proper techniques, and review the proper tools for canning. Receive a booklet with tested recipes and take home a jar of your own canned product (except pressure canning class). Prepaid registration required. $10 per person or $20 for all 3 classes in series: Intro to Water Bath Canning: June 5 at Bear Creek Nature Center 10:00 a.m. – Noon Pickling: July 31 at Fountain Creek Nature Center 10:00 a.m. – Noon Pressure Canning: August 14 at CSU Extension 10:00 a.m. – Noon To Register, call 719-520-6387

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Life Under a Log

Thursday, August 12, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, August 13, 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.

Monarch Magic

Saturday, August 14, 10:00-11:30 a.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. $5 per nonmember / $4 per member. Prepaid registration required

Nature Adventures: Crazy About Cattails

Thursday, August 19, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, August 20, 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.

Jr. Bird Club

Saturday, August 28, 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 focus on shorebirds. Craft and a good bit of walking included. Bring binoculars if you have them! $5 per child. Prepaid registration required. Space is very limited.

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.