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

Sidewalk Astronomy– Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

Saturday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Observe the sun though special solar telescopes operated by CSASTRO members. These telescopes enable amazing views of surface features, filaments, prominences and flares on the Sun that can’t be seen with ordinary telescopes or eclipse glasses.
FREE, drop in program

Sustainability Series: Organic Vegetable Gardening– Tips for Success

Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Taught by experienced gardeners from the Bear Creek Garden Association, topics include starting vegetable plants indoors; best vegetable varieties; organic pest control and fertilizers; plant protection; square-foot gardening. For information about the community garden in Bear Creek Park, see www.bearcreekgardens.org.
$3 per BCGA member // $4 per non-member.
Prepaid registration required

Little Wonders- TREE-mendous

Wednesday, March 13, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, March 13, 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. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Forest Bathing Walk

Thursday, March 14, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Experience the therapeutic practice of Shinrinyoku and awaken your senses with a slow, mindful walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. More info at www.listeningpines.com
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Nature’s Classroom– Homeschool Field Trips:
Discover Bear Creek (ages 5-7) & Colorado Wildlife Detectives (ages 8+)

Thursday March 14, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

These programs are just for our homeschooling friends! Two programs will run simultaneously– one for younger children and the other for older children, so you can bring the whole family! Children 8 and up may be dropped off, children 7 and under must have a caregiver attend with them. $4 per person. Pre-registration required.

Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association– Beekeeping School

Saturday, March 16, 8:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 8:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.

This two-day seminar covers all aspects of beekeeping in the Pikes Peak region: how to acquire bees, equipment, bee biology and management through the seasons. All lectures are presented by local beekeepers with years of collective knowledge. Book, ‘First Lessons in Beekeeping,’ included.
$65 per person
Register via Eventbrite at
eventbrite.com/e/2024-ppba-beekeeping-class-tickets-786565868687

Nature Explorers: Dear Dogs

Wednesday, March 20, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 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. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Active Adults: The Great American Eclipse of 2024 with Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

Saturday, March 23, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Discover the historic and modern cultural context of the solar eclipse in society, what solar eclipses are, the science of why eclipses occur, and where to see this exciting upcoming solar eclipse. We’ll also demonstrate safe observing of the eclipse with sun viewing telescopes to follow.
$5 per person, $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 9-10 am. ~ 11-12 p.m. ~ 1-2 p.m. ~ 3-4 p.m.

Join the Bunny Guide to search for eggs on the trail and exchange your finds for a chocolate bunny! Fun and educational; meet live bunnies! Ages 2+.
$6 per child// $5 per member child. Up to 2 adults free per child. More than 2 adults, please pay. Prepaid registration required.

Eco Art and Meditation

Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Unlock and expand your creative process with guided nature-based mindfulness and artistic prompts. Each class offers a new guided experience; sign up for one class or the full series for a discount. This is an adults only program hosted by artist and certified Nature Therapy Guide, Summer Lajoie with Listening Pines.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Kids’ Morning Out: Nature’s Small Gifts

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your children (ages 6-12) off for a morning to explore the “small things” in nature. We’ll be using microscopes and other devices to closely observe small, natural items, do a craft, and spend time hiking to discover all the small gifts that nature gives us. Lunch included. $25 per child // $20 per member child. Pre-registration required.

Children’s Mindfulness Series with
Jamie Nichols of Mighty Mindful Kids

Saturdays, April 6 & 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Introduce your child (ages 4-10) to the world of mindfulness. Kids will explore what it means to be mindful and present and how to manage big emotions using breathwork and visualization. Classes are designed to be engaging, educational, and interactive. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $30 per person // $20 per member. Receive $10 off when you register for both classes.
Pre-registration required.

Nature Explorers: Birds of Prey

Wednesday, April 10, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 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. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Eco Art and Meditation

Saturdays, April 11, 18 and 25, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Unlock and expand your creative process with guided nature-based mindfulness and artistic prompts. Each class offers a new guided experience; sign up for one class or the full series for a discount. This is an adults only program hosted by artist and certified Nature Therapy Guide, Summer Lajoie with Listening Pines.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Children’s Mindfulness Series with
Jamie Nichols of Mighty Mindful Kids

Saturdays, April 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Introduce your child to the world of mindfulness. Kids will explore what it means to be mindful and present and how to manage big emotions using breathwork and visualiza-tion. Classes are designed to be engaging, educational, and interactive. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $30 per person // $20 per member. Receive $10 off when you register for both classes.
Pre-registration required.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, April 13, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Experience the therapeutic practice of Shinrinyoku and awaken your senses with a slow, mindful walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. More info at www.listeningpines.com
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Little Wonders- Lucky Ladybugs

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 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. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Eco Art and Meditation

Saturdays, April 18 and 25, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Unlock and expand your creative process with guided nature-based mindfulness and artistic prompts. Each class offers a new guided experience; sign up for one class or the full series for a discount. This is an adults only program hosted by artist and certified Nature Therapy Guide, Summer Lajoie with Listening Pines.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Family Wildlife Detectives

Saturday, April 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Hone your scientific thinking and solve puzzles in nature with “Sherlock Hemlock, Master Nature Detective.” A fun, interactive introduction will prime your minds for the hike where we’ll gather clues and make predictions about the animal activity at Bear Creek.
$4 per person, $15 per family of 4 or more. Prepaid registration required.

Eco Art and Meditation

Saturdays, April 25, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Unlock and expand your creative process with guided nature-based mindfulness and artistic prompts. Each class offers a new guided experience; sign up for one class or the full series for a discount. This is an adults only program hosted by artist and certified Nature Therapy Guide, Summer Lajoie with Listening Pines.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Great American Cleanup & Bear Creek Restoration Crew

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Be a steward of our parks and join the Restoration Crew at the Great American Cleanup. This community wide effort cleans parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. Restoration work continues at Bear Creek through fire mitigation and removal of debris from the creek.
Email kyleetaylor2@elpasoco.com to join!

Discover Girl Scouts

Saturday, April 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Have some fun, meet new friends, take a nature hike with activities, and learn about Girl Scouts in the Pikes Peak Region. FREE, RSVP with christina.molitoris@gscolorado.org

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, May 11, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Experience the therapeutic practice of Shinrinyoku and awaken your senses with a slow, mindful walk through the woods and a beautiful tea ceremony. More info at www.listeningpines.com
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person // $20 per member.

Nature Explorers: Metamorphosis Magic

Wednesday, May 15, 10:00- 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 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. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Little Wonders- Knowing Our Noses

Wednesday, May 22, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 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. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Nature’s Classroom– Homeschool Field Trips:
Foothills Habitats (ages 5-7) & Bear Creek Rocks (ages 8+)

Thursday March 23, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

These programs are just for our homeschooling friends! Two programs will run simultaneously– one for younger children and the other for older children, so you can bring the whole family! Children 8 and up may be dropped off, children 7 and under must have a caregiver attend with them. $4 per person. Pre-registration required.

320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
719-520-6745

Adult Mindfulness Series

Saturday, March 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Searching for less stress & more peace? Join Jamie Nichols, founder of Mighty Mindful Beings for this 2-part series and dive into the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Explore how to manage stress, what it means to be mindful, and discover ways to live a happier, healthier life.
$50 per person, $40 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Building for the Birds

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Build a nesting box for common backyard birds, learn who they are, and learn their calls. An adult able to handle tools must accompany children. Bring a hammer and pliers if you have them. Other materials provided.
$12 per person // $10 per member.
Prepaid registration required.

Nature Adventures: Rascally Raccoons

Friday, March 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 8, 2:00-3:30 p.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.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, March 9, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Twos & Threes Outdoors: On the Move

Friday, March 15 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Friday, March 15, 2:00-3:15 p.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.

Painting in the Park: Pottery Edition

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Color Me Mine is coming to Fountain Creek Nature Center! Spend the afternoon decorating a nature themed pottery piece– trained staff, tools, paints, and glazes provided. Pick up your creation at the studio 1-2 weeks later.
Prepaid registration is required at coloradosprings.colorrmemine.com, pricing dependent on pottery chosen.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, March 16, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Homeschool Friday: Walk the Wetlands

Friday, March 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Use your senses to explore the wetlands and learn about the animals that live here. Join us for a puppet show, animal inquiry activity, and a guided hike. Designed for grades K-2. $4 per person. Preregistration required.

Communication in Nature

Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

“You can tell it’s an aspen tree because of the way it is.” You love nature, but how do you share it? Have you struggled to verbalize which tree a bird is in, or what field marks to look for in a species? In this hike, we’ll focus on being descriptive, clear communicators so we can make more sense outside. Ages 12+.
$5 per person // $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Spring Break Camp: Arts in the Park

Monday-Friday, March 25-29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Campers will tap into their creative side and expand upon their communication styles during a week dedicated to various art mediums. Deeper connections with the natural world will be made through the use of music, acting, storytelling, drawing, and painting. For children entering grades 1-5.
$165 per child // Discounts available for members and active military

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 9:00-10:00 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Meet live rabbits and learn about them, then hunt for eggs on a hike through the woods.
Children ages 2-10 with an adult. $6 per child // $5 per member child. Prepaid registration is required.

Nature Adventures: Who Gives a Hoot?

Friday, April 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, April 5, 2:00-3:30 p.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.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Twos & Threes Outdoors: The Eyes Have It

Friday, April 12, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Friday, April 12, 2:00-3:15 p.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.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, April 13, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Bunco Party! At Fountain Creek Nature Center

Friday, April 19, 5:00 p.m.

Let’s play Bunco in the Nature Center! Join a wonderful evening of excitement, laughs, and rolling dice. Dice, score cards, nacho bar, and prizes provided. This Bunco party is for everyone ages 13 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult but can venture on their own during game play. Pre-registration required, $10 per person

Fountain Creek- A Pathway of History

Saturday, April 13, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Explore the history of Fountain Creek and how it has shaped our human history. We’ll travel through the years together and look for signs from the past along the trails. After, you’re sure to appreciate what the creek has given us, and perhaps we’ll be able to see into the future.
Ages 7+, $5 per person// $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Mapping Our Place

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Share a sensory hike with the family around the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area. When we are done with the hike, each family will create their own map of the sights, sounds, and smells that we encountered along the way. $5 per person // $4 per member.
Prepaid registration required.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Homeschool Friday: Discover Wetlands

Friday, April 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore the five habitats and discover how they are shaped by water at Fountain Creek Regional Park. Watch a short video, do a wetland metaphor activity, and go for a hike with a pond study. Designed for grades 3-6.

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. All ages welcome! To volunteer, please email jessicamiller@elpasoco.com

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, April 27, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Nature Adventures: Fabulous Frogs

Friday, May 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 3, 2:00-3:30 p.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.

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Explore outdoor activity stations including dinosaur fossils, bug sweeps, kite making, pond critters, crafts, and more. Free slice of pizza for all participants form Papa Murphy’s.
$5 per person // $4 per member. FREE to active-duty military families with I.D. Preregistration recommended.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, May 4, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Twos & Threes Outdoors: The Five Senses

Friday, May 10, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Friday, May 10, 2:00-3:15 p.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.

Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 11, 7:00-11:00 a.m.

Beginner and advanced birders count and record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during the height of spring migration.
$5 recommended per participant to support our bird feeders.

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, May 11, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Saturday Snake Supper

Saturday, May 25, 3:30 p.m.

Stop in at Fountain Creek Nature Center to see Ferdy, the resident bullsnake, get his weekly mouse! This is a neat chance to see a snake eat, hear some snake facts, and ask all your snake questions.
FREE

Community Science: Butterfly Monitoring

Saturday, May 25, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Calling all community scientists! Want to learn more about butterflies and how you can contribute to the conservation of these important pollinators? A Lepidopterist from the Denver Butterfly Pavilion will show us how to identify different butterflies and survey
our site. After, we will focus on larval populations and breeding sites of the Monarch butterfly– a candidate for the Endangered Species Act that passes through our
Milkweed Meadow annually. Bring plenty of water and a lunch.
FREE, email victoriadinkel2@elpasoco.com to register

Homeschool Friday: Awesome Arthropods

Friday, May 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Not “bugs,” arthropods! Learn about insects, spiders, and some of their other creepy crawly relatives with a puppet show, arthropod activity, and a guided hike to catch wild arthropods. Designed for grade K-2.

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.