Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

A Closer Peek at Bear Creek!

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. OR 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to keep our watershed healthy and visit the stream to search for aquatic life. Find out what these species can teach us about the health of the stream. Recommended ages 5+. $5 per person/ $4 per member. Limited space. Prepaid registration required.

Moonlight Storytelling Hike

Friday, August 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the moonlit trails of Bear Creek Nature Center accompanied by storytelling. A great evening for all ages! Prepaid registration required. Limited space. $5 per person/ $4 per member.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Title TBD

Tuesday, August 20, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Informative fungi-related program by Jill Easterday. Jill has a masters degree in environmental management with a focus in mycoremediation. She is currently the president of the Bay Area Applied Mycology as well as a member of both the San Francisco Mycological Society and the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Jill is employed at The Odin, a company that sells DIY biohacking kits and is pleased to be working with Ecovative developing a new fungi kit. In her free time she enjoys playing with bioluminescent organisms. Free!

Nature Explorers: Sun Power!

Wednesday, August 21, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 22, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Title TBD

Wednesday, August 21, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Informative fungi-related program by Britt Bunyard, PhD, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Free!

Happy Trails BBQ

Friday, August 23, 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.

Little Wonders: Creek Exploration

Wednesday, August 28, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 29, 9:00- 10:15 a.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Honey Harvest Extraction Demonstration

Saturday, September 7, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Watch beekeepers harvest honey from hives, see bees in action in their observation hive, and learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators. Activities, crafts, samples of honey and local honey available for purchase. $1 per person donation suggested.

Volunteer Field Trip Leader Training

Thursday & Friday, September 12 & 13, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Train to become an Environmental Education leader for school field trip programs at Bear Creek Nature Center. After application and interview, learn our techniques and programs for connecting students to the foothills and surrounding ecosystems. Contact Paula at 520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com

Active Adults: An Evening of Native American Flute Music

Friday, September 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of Native American flute music; both live and recorded. Hear Native American legends of the origins of the flute. Learn about their design and what makes them unique from other styles of flute. Light snacks provided. Prepaid registration required. $5 per member/ $6 per nonmember

Webelos Scout Badge Day

Saturday, September 14

Register for interactive sessions led by trained guides to earn badges for:
Arrow of Light Adventures
Into the Woods- 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Into the Wild- 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Earth Rocks!- 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$4 per badge per scout. Limited space. Prepaid registration required.

Same Tree Different Day

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, photographed a tree behind his home every day for a year and learned many lessons which he will share to inspire you to increase your awareness,
develop good habits and reach your goals. Breathtaking audio-visual presentation. $4 per member/ $5 per nonmember .

Nature Explorers: Bugs for Lunch

Wednesday, September 18, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: TBD

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public.
Call 719-520-6387 for topic. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Little Wonders: Amazing Acorns

Wednesday, September 25, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program- Mushrooms and Health
Eddy Elzarian, PPMS

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn more about the fascinating world of fungi with the Pikes Peak Mycological Society.
Free!

Becoming Bear Aware

September 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn to live in peace with our bear-y hungry neighbors. Join us for an interactive discussion and short hike to discover fun facts about bears, look for the clues they leave behind, and
learn how you can help to create a community that is safe for humans and bears alike. Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Creek Week Cleanup at Bear Creek Nature Center

October 5, 9:00 a.m.-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! Free. Preregistration required.Learn to live in peace with our bear-y hungry neighbors. Join us for an interactive discussion and short hike to discover fun facts about bears, look for the clues they leave behind, and learn how you can help to create a community that is safe for humans and bears alike. Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

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

Saturday, October 12, 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, face painters, vendors, food trucks, and pumpkins. Great fun for all ages. FREE to attend!

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: TBD

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Kids’ Morning at Bear Creek: Becoming Invisible

Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Drop your child (ages 6-11) off at Bear Creek Nature Center for a morning of ‘Becoming Invisible’. Through games, activities, crafts and discussion, participants will learn about the ways that
animals use camouflage. Prepaid registration required. $15 per member child/ $20 per nonmember child. Lunch included.

Nature Explorers: Migrators in Motion

Wednesday, October 23, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Search for Seeds

Wednesday, October 30, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Bear Creek Nature Center’s 5th Annual Bear Run: Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser

Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 5th Annual Bear Run: a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. In celebration of 5 years, this year we will offer a 3k AND a 5k course! 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

Nature’s Music Family Program

Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Music has been a part of every human culture. Our earliest instruments were made from natural materials. Hear a Native American legend of the origins of music and participate in creating our own Nature’s symphony. Light snacks provided. Preregistration required. $3 per member/ $4 per nonmember.

Nature Explorers: Bear Prepares for Winter

Wednesday, November 20, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: TBD

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 5th Annual Bear Run: a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. In celebration of 5 years, this year we will offer a 3k AND a 5k course! 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: Where Animals Walk

Wednesday, November 27, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

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

Friendly Frogs

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

Frog species come in a variety of colors and sizes. Learn to identify some common frogs and their sounds. Indoor activities include a fly catching contest and making an origami frog followed by a guided
hike. For ages 6+. $4/member, $5/nonmember. Prepaid registration required. Maximum 30.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Rockin’ Rolypolies

Thursday, August 15, 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.

Crazy Crawdads

Saturday, August 17, 9:00 a.m.- 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. Prepaid registration required. $4/member, $5/nonmember.

Monarch Magic

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.- 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. Prepaid registration required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Nature Adventures : Treemendous Trees

Thursday, September 5, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 3-6, with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities, and discovery on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Volunteer Environmental Education Leader Training

Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Become a volunteer Environmental Education leader for field trip programs at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Application & interview required. Learn our techniques and programs for connecting students to the wetlands and surrounding ecosystems. You’re sure to make a positive impact on the students! Contact Paula at 719-520-6745 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Things That Smell

Thursday, September 12, 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.

Homeschool Fridays: Awesome Arthropods

Friday, September 13, 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. Geared towards grades K-2. $4 per person, 15 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepayment required.

Birding for Beginners 101

Thursdays Classrooms: September 5 & 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday Field Trips: September 7 & 21, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

This series will teach beginning bird watchers the basics and develop skills in identifying birds by sight and sound. Prepaid registration required. $50/member, $65/nonmember.

Fall Bird Count

Saturday, September 14, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during fall migration. $5/person donation.

Creek Week Kickoff

Saturday, September 28, 8:30 a.m.

Kickoff this clean up at Fountain Creek Nature Center! Bring your community group to meet “Stan the Can” and clean up waterways or remove invasive species. Select any date, time and location during this week. Register at fountaincreekweek.com.

Nature Adventures : Outstanding Owls

Thursday, October 3, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 3-6, with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities, and discovery on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Leaf Me Alone!

Thursday, October 10, 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.

Homeschool Fridays: World of Water

Friday, October 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Students participate in demonstrations that show how people consume resources. Students will pollute and clean up water. Fun and messy! Geared towards grades 1st-5th. $4 per person,
15 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepayment required.

Girl Scout Event

Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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 Treker
$5 per badge activity. Limit of 25 per session.
Prepaid reservations required.

Jr. Bird Club – New!

Begins Saturday, October 19, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Children ages 8-15 will connect with the practice of birding, increase love for nature, and a desire to care for the environment. Club meets bi-monthly October-August. October will cover birding basics and a craft. Bring binoculars. $25/youth for 6 club meetings. Prepaid registration required.

Pumpkin Carving Party

Saturday, October 26, 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 experience the lighted trail (separate
fee). Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. Pumpkins $5 each. Sponsored by Milberger Farms, Pueblo.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

Saturday, October 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the trail, make a craft, and roast a marshmallow. Costumes encouraged. Carved pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $4/member, $5/nonmember.

Punkin Chunkin & Zucchini Races

Saturday, November 2, 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Bring your leftover small pumpkins and giant zucchinis. See how far our catapult will launch your pumpkin, then soup up your zucchini with wheels for the zucchini race! Which zucchini will win?
$4/member, $5/nonmember. Race rules TBD

Punkin Chunkin & Zucchini Races

Saturday, November 2, 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Bring your leftover small pumpkins and giant zucchinis. See how far our catapult will launch your pumpkin, then soup up your zucchini with wheels for the zucchini race! Which zucchini will win?
$4/member, $5/nonmember. Race rules TBD

Homeschool Fridays: Walk the Wetlands

Friday, November 8, 2-4:00 p.m.

Use your senses to explore the wetland and learn the animals that live here. Puppet show, animal inquiry activity, and guided hike. Geared towards grades K-2. $4 per person, 15 participants
minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepayment required.

Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2nd annual holiday craft fair at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Local artisans and vendors will display and sell their unique creations. Enjoy the sights and smells of the season, support the
community and the nature center through your purchases. Free!

Nature Adventures : What Makes a Mammal?

Thursday, November 7, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages 3-6, with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities, and discovery on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: The Big Five

Thursday, November 14, 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.

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.