Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Moonlight Storytelling Hike at Fox Run Regional Park

Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Join us at Fox Run as we celebrate the beauty of nature and the Strawberry Moon with a hike and storytelling. Limited space. Prepaid registration required.

$3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Pikes Peak Library District & Bear Creek Nature Center Story Time- Bears

Friday, July 6, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Join Pikes Peak Library District and Bear Creek Nature Center staff for a story time, craft, and walk or activity focusing on bears. Free!

Kids’ Creek Night Out at Bear Creek

Friday, July 6, 5:30- 9:00 p.m.

Drop your kids off at Bear Creek for an evening of stream exploration, hiking, and educational activities. Dinner is provided. Children will walk in stream- bring extra shoes (no flip flops!) that can get wet. Prepaid registration required. Ages 6-12. $10 per member child, $15 per nonmember child.

A Rocky Life (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday & Thursday, July 11 & 12, 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.

Active Adults Series: Black Forest Regional Park Hike

Saturday, July 14, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Two-mile hike discussing impact from the Black Forest Fire, showcasing erosion control projects and new trail construction. Moderate hike within the burn scar. Option to bring lunch for after the hike. Meet at pavilion near restrooms. Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember

Nature’s Clean-Up Crew (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday & Thursday, July 18 & 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.

Volunteer Morning at Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, July 21, 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.

National Moth Week Celebration

Friday, July 27, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Moths are the most diverse and successful organisms on earth. Come celebrate National Moth Week at Bear Creek with the Mile High Bug Club! There will be a presentation on moths, followed by a fun night of sheet lighting and short moonlit hikes. Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Tea Party in the Woods: Trail Tales

Saturday, August 11, 10-11:30 a.m., 12-1:30 p.m. & 2-3:30 p.m..

Fables are so much fun on a hiking trail! Join us for trail tales followed by a tea party in the woods. All ages welcome! Space is limited. Preregistration and prepayment required. $5 per member, $6 per nonmember.

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.

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

Crawling, Hopping, Swimming, Flying! (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday & Saturday, June 21 & 23, 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.

Nature Jam Session with Pepper Grass

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

Dust off your acoustic instruments whether guitar, mandolin, harmonica, jug, washboard, flute or vocal chords and join the jam session and sing-a-long with Fountain Creek Nature Center’s all-volunteer folk band, Pepper Grass. All levels of experience welcome.

$2 per person.

Firefly Celebration and Night Hike

Thursday and Friday, July 5 & 6, 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.

Fountain Creek Nature Center Travels to Fox Run Regional Park

Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

We invite residents in the northern El Paso County communities and beyond to visit with nature center staff, learn the role and function of El Paso County Nature Centers, play nature games with staff, see a puppet show, and explore interactive exhibits. Free!

Darling Dragonflies (ages 3-6 with adult)

Thursday & Saturday, July 5 & 7, 9:00 a.m.- 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.

Fountain Creek Nature Center Travels to Fox Run Regional Park

Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

We invite residents in the northern El Paso County communities and beyond to visit with nature center staff, learn the role and function of El Paso County Nature Centers, play nature games with staff, see a puppet show, and explore interactive exhibits. Free!

Free Story Time with Puppets

Saturday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.

Join a staff member from the Pikes Peak Library District for special animal stories with a special guest puppet too! Learn about summer reading programs. Then enjoy the trails on your own. Free!

Mysterious Muskrats (ages 3-6 with adult)

Thursday & Saturday, August 2 & 4, 9:00 a.m.- 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.

Fountain Creek Nature Center Travels to Homestead Ranch Regional Park

Saturday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

We invite residents in the eastern El Paso County communities and beyond to visit with nature center staff, learn the role and function of El Paso County Nature Centers, play nature games with staff, see a puppet show, and explore interactive exhibits. Free!

Crazy Crawdads

Saturday, August 11, 9:00- 11:30 a.m.

After a brief introduction to our “freshwater lobsters,” we’ll hike or caravan to a nearby pond to catch and release crawdads. Supplies provided. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

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.

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.