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

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

Little Wonders: Sensory Adventures

Wednesday, September 15, 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.

Mindfulness Photography Workshop

Saturday, September 18, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Practice slowing down and bringing awareness to the present moment to enhance your nature photography skills with photographer Mike Pach and Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie. $30 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Sensory Adventures

Wednesday, September 22, 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.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Presents: Harnessing the Power of Mushrooms

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.

Jim Alderink, Chief Product Officer of Mycotechnology will present “Leveraging Mushrooms To Improve Taste, Texture, Nutrition and Bioavailability Of The Food We Eat.” He will be handing out free samples to all who attend, as well as recipes for you to try at home. Free but space is limited. First come, first serve basis.

Sketching Autumn’s Bounty

Saturday, September 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Deepen your observations through nature sketching in this guided workshop. We’ll focus on fall trees, leaves, and landscapes! All levels, children 8+ are welcome with an adult. $15 per person.
Prepaid registration required. For supply list, visit https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/sketching-autumns-bounty/

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, September 25, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with a certified Forest Therapy Guide on a gentle walk through the woods concluding with a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy please visit www.listeningpines.com

$30 per nonmember/ $20 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Creek Week Cleanup

Saturday, October 2, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The Creek Week cleanup aims to bring Fountain Creek Watershed communities together to foster the health of our local waterways for citizens and wildlife alike. Help us clean up Bear Creek as part of this effort! Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy.
Free. Preregistration required.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, October 2, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with a certified Forest Therapy Guide on a gentle walk through the woods concluding with a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy please visit www.listeningpines.com

$30 per nonmember/ $20 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Crawling Creatures

Wednesday, October 6, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30p.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 Therapy for the Immobile

Saturday, October 9, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer
Lajoie with Listening Pines. A therapeutic experience where nature is brought to you with aromas, textures, sounds and flavors of the forest. All from the center’s balcony overlooking the beautiful nature preserve. $30 per nonmember / $20 per member.
Prepaid registration required.

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

Saturday, October 9, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Gold Hill Mesa’s Community Center for live music, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, vendors, food trucks, pumpkins, and more. Great fun for all ages. FREE to attend, activity wristbands for purchase.
142 S Raven Mine Drive, CO Springs

Little Wonders: Who Hoots

Wednesday, October 13, 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.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, October 16, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with a certified Forest Therapy Guide on a gentle walk through the woods concluding with a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy please visit www.listeningpines.com

$30 per nonmember/ $20 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Boo! At Bear Creek

Friday, October 22

Traverse the trails at Bear Creek Nature Center,
meeting creepy creatures along the way that will unravel and dispel myths about things that go bump in the night. Preregister for specific times between 6:00-9:00 p.m. :
6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45 Recommended for ages 7+.
$7 per member / $8 per non-member

Kids’ Morning Out: Bear Creek Boo Bash

Saturday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Grownups, drop off your young spooks (ages 6-12,
costumes encouraged!) for a morning spent hiking along spooky trails while learning about some of Bear Creek’s creepiest creatures. Lunch included. Educational Halloween fun!
$25 per child / $20 per member child. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Who Hoots

Wednesday, October 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.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, November 6, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Practice mindfulness in nature with a certified Forest Therapy Guide on a gentle walk through the woods concluding with a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy please visit www.listeningpines.com

$30 per nonmember/ $20 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Sleep, Big Bear!

Wednesday, November 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30p.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.

Bear Creek Nature Center’s 7th Annual Bear Run: Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser

Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 7th Annual Bear Run; a silly, charity
fun run and walk for a cause. Choice of 3k or 5k course along
the beautiful trails of Bear Creek Regional Park! All new
runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep!
Returning runners register at a discounted rate. Come early for
pre-run festivities! Find more information and registration at
ElPasoCo.com/BearRun

Little Wonders: Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, November 17, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, November 18, 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.

Full Moon Hike

Friday, November 19, 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a hike to search for beaver activity while celebrating November’s full “Beaver Moon.” $5 per person / $4 per member.
Recommended ages 7+. Prepaid registration required.

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

Fall Bird Count

Saturday, September 11, 7:30-11:00 a.m.

Join the annual tradition and help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during fall migration to support the bird feeder program at the nature center. $5 per person donation.

Homeschool Fridays: Awesome Arthropods

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

Not “bugs”—arthropods! Learn about insects, spiders, and their relatives with a puppet show, arthropod activity, and guided hike to catch arthropods. Designed for grades K-2. $4 per person, 10 participants; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepaid registration required. $4 per person.

Girl Scout Badge Event

Saturday, September 18

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can register for fun sessions to meet badge requirements for these badges:
9:00-11:00 Daisies-Buddy Camper
9:00-11:00 Brownies-Cabin Camper
1:00-3:00 Brownies-Outdoor Adventurer
1:00-3:00 Juniors-Eco Camper
Sessions are limited. Prepaid registration required. $5 per girl scout per badge activity.

Creek Week Kickoff

Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Kickoff this annual week-long clean up event at Fountain Creek Nature Center! Bring your community group to meet “Stan the Can” and clean up waterways or remove invasive species. Register at www.fountaincreekweek.com for our cleanup or any other this week!

Active Adults: Gourd Art Workshop

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

Bring birds to your backyard with home-made bird houses crafted from gourds. Adults (ages 14+) will learn to create your own unique and beautiful gourd birdhouse. Each participant will bring home a finished piece from this hands-on workshop. Prepaid registration required. $18 per person / $15 per member.

Kids’ Morning Out: Invasive Intruders at the Park!

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

Grownups, drop your children off (ages 6-10) for a fun-filled morning exploring and learning about the invasive plants and animals at Fountain Creek, and the things that we can do to stop the spread! Prepaid registration required.
$20 per child / $15 per member child.

Nature Adventures: Frolicky Foxes and Friends

Thursday, October 7, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 8, 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.

Canvas & Cookies: Teen Painting and Nature Class

Saturday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

In this drop-off program, teens (ages 13-18) will be guided step-by-step to create a canvas painting of a natural scene. We’ll also have cookies and enjoy a guided nature walk! Prepaid registration required. $30 per teen / $20 per member teen

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Creatures of the Night

Thursday, October 14, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, October 15, 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.

Homeschool Fridays: Discover the Wetlands

Friday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore the five habitats 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. 10 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepaid registration required. $4 per person.

Jr. Bird Club

Saturday, October 16, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Nature lovers ages 8 to 15 are invited to spend time together outdoors and practice their birding skills! In this meeting, we will learn about corvids. Spooky! Lesson, craft, and birding walk included. $10 per meeting. Prepaid registration required.

Pumpkin Carving Party

Saturday, October 30, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Carve pumpkins to leave for the lighted trail at the Jack-o-Lantern event! Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns, and carving tools provided. Return at night to see your creation in action along the trail (separate fee). Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. $5 per pumpkin. Prepaid registration required. Sponsored by Milberger Farms, Pueblo.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

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

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the trail, make a craft, hear stories, and roast a marshmallow! Costumes are encouraged at this festive event! Carved pumpkins may be picked up by their owners starting at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Milberger Farms, Pueblo. $5 per person, $4 per member.

Nature Adventures: Batty Bats

Thursday, November 4, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Friday, November 5, 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.

Homeschool Fridays: Walk the Wetlands

Friday, November 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Use your senses to explore the wetland and learn about the animals that live there. Includes a puppet show, animal inquiry activity, and a guided hike. Designed for grades K – 2. 10 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepaid registration required. $4 per person.

Forest Therapy for the Immobile

Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

A therapeutic experience where nature is brought to you with aromas, textures, sounds, and flavors of the forest. All from the center’s balcony overlooking the beautiful nature preserve. Hosted by Certified Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie with Listening Pines. $30 per person, $20 per members.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Gobble, Gobble

Thursday, November 18, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 19, 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.

Holiday Craft Show

Saturday, November 20, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their unique creations. Enjoy the sights and smells of the season and support local community artists and the nature center through your purchases. Free to attend and shop!

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.