Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Who Hibernates Here? (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, January 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 24, 10:00-11:30 a.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.

El Paso County Nature Centers Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, January 26, 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 719- 520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com.

Night Sky Photography Lecture

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a presentation on photographing the stars and the Milky Way given by photographer Mike Pach. Discussion will include tips, techniques and recommended camera gear for capturing images of the night sky. $5 per member/$6 per nonmember. Prepaid registration.

Who’s Here in Winter? (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday, January 30, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, January 31, 10:00-11:15 a.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 Hike: Snowshoeing & Snow Science at Dome Rock State Wildlife Area

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Bear Creek staff as they lead a wintry snowshoe hike. We’ll enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter and explore the spectacular science behind snow. Meet at Dome Rock State Wildlife Area. Only a few snowshoes available to borrow. Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Kids’ Night Out at Bear Creek

Friday, February 15, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Parents- enjoy an evening to yourselves while your child spends an evening at Bear Creek. Night hike explorations, educational games and activities and a campfire! Dinner provided. $15 per member child/ $20 per nonmember child. Prepaid registration required.

Winter Stroll at Fox Run Regional Park

Saturday, February 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Enjoy the beauty of winter while we hike through the Ponderosa Pine forests of Fox Run. All ages. $3 per member/$4 per nonmember.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, February 20, 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.

Hoppin’ Hares! (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Wednesday, February 27, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 10:00-11:15 a.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.

Snow Science (ages 4-5 with an adult)

Wednesday, February 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 10:00-11:30 a.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.

Fungi: The Forgotten Kingdom

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

Re-discover this neglected Kingdom. Fungi are everywhere. Some are a source of food and medicine. Join Mike Essam, president of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society, as he explores our historical (and modern) relationships with mushrooms, their habitats and lifecycles, and ways to get more involved. $5 per member, $6 per nonmember. Limited space. Register online or by calling 719-520-6387.

Film: A Garden Experience

Saturday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.

Watch the gardeners, hear their stories. Local filmmakers Nancy Bentley and John Atkinson crafted this short film about the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden, run by the Bear Creek Garden Association in Bear Creek Park. Gardeners describe how they build relationships, learn, and grow vegetables to share with the community. Conversation with gardeners after the film. Light refreshments. FREE.

Go for the Gold Kids’ Morning at Bear Creek

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Drop your kids (ages 6-11) off for the morning at Bear Creek where they will hunt for “gold” and nature’s treasures, play traditional Irish games and make a craft. Lunch included. $15 per member child/ $20 per nonmember child.

Volunteer Field Trip Leader Training

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 19 & 20, 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. (March 21 & 22 at Fountain Creek Nature Center)

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

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Colorful Colorado…Beetles

Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Beetles program by Eric Eaton, natural history writer and illustrator, principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Free and open to the public.

Full Moon Photography Hike & Workshop

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join Mike Pach for a guided photo shoot to capture the full moon rising over the city. Bring your camera, tripod, telephoto and wide-angle lenses. $20 per person, limited space.

Prepaid registration required.

Sustainability Series: Organic Vegetable Gardening for Success

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

Taught by experienced gardeners from Bear Creek Garden Association. Topics: starting vegetable plants indoors; best vegetable varieties; organic pest control and fertilizers; square foot gardening. For information about the community garden in Bear Creek Park, see: www.bearcreekgardens.org.

$3 per member, $4 per nonmember

 

Discover Bear Creek on Horseback

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Alt. weather date April 6.

For equestrians with their own horses. Join Nancy Bernard on a ride through Bear Creek Park. Meet at Penrose Equestrian Center, Hampel Horse Boarding area for a leisurely ride to learn about local history through the natural landscape. Limit 10 horses and riders. For more information, call Nancy Bernard at 520-6765. $10/ person; prepaid reservations required by March 28. Adult riders only.

Junior Naturalist Day 

Saturday, March 30, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

We’re celebrating our new Junior Naturalist program with a day of exploration! Join us for guided hikes, touch tables and educational exhibits. Junior naturalist field journals are $2 and come with a badge when you complete the requirements! Recommended for children ages 7-12 and their families. Free to attend. Guided hikes offered every hour, limited number of spots available.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Birding Senegal and The Gambia

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Program by Bill Eden. Bill spent nine years on the Master Birding Program’s steering committee and has also worked at the Chatfield bird banding station for eight years.

Free and open to the public.

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20, 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, 1-2 p.m., 3-4 p.m.

Meet a live rabbit and learn about rabbits via a fun, interactive slide show. Then join the Bunny Guide to search for eggs along the trail. Ages 2-10 with an adult. Prepaid registration required. $5 per member child, $6 per nonmember child

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 27

Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. Bear Creek Nature Center and other sites available. To volunteer, please visit gacppp.com. All ages welcome!

Saturday Morning Birding Stroll

Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m.

Let’s see what birds we can see or hear on the trails of Bear Creek and discuss their behaviors and adaptations. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Limited number available to borrow). Ages 5 and up. $3 per member/ $4 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt at Bear Creek

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Fun challenges in nature! Teams will visit stations along trails to complete fun, quirky, and educational activities (like tracking I.D., “flower pollination” and water testing). Enjoy the outdoors, strengthen teamwork and connect to the resources of Bear Creek! Awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Lunch included! Team size 2-5 people. Great for families! Minimum age 5. $8 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Topic TBD

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic.

Fifth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19

Discover new birds when you register for the local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Choose from over 30 field trips and activities. Register at www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org.

Wild Food Foraging

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

What edible wild plants grow nearby? Join us for a tour of wild edibles and practical food uses by the experienced forager and teacher, Wild Food Girl. If we’re lucky, we’ll find enough to forage and sample. For ages 10 and up. $20/person.

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

Live Birds of Prey!

Saturday, January 26, 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Learn about hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures through a live birds of prey program with Nature & Wildlife Recovery Center. The presentation includes two different birds of prey, raptor adaptations, predator/ prey relationships, natural history, personal stories of the birds presented, and our work to rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey. $4/member, $5/nonmember. Donations appreciated for the birds.

Spinning/ Weaving/ Dyeing Program

Saturday, February 2, 10:00- 12:00 a.m.

Join Debra Greer of Wild Willow’s Webs N Weeds to explore the fascinating world of spinning and weaving yarn, and natural dyeing with plants collected from the local area. Participants will get hands-on experience and learn the ethics of collecting. You will be surprised at the fibers you can make! Suitable for ages 5 to adult. $5/member, $6/nonmember.

Fountain Creek Sunset Photography Workshop

Saturday, February 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs photographer Mike Pach will guide this evening photography workshop ending at sunset. Moderate hiking. Bring camera with variety of lenses & tripod/monopod if you have one. All skill levels. $20 per person. Prepaid Registration required.

Backbone Bonanza (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, February 7, 10:00- 11:30 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. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

The Three Bears (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, February 14, 10:00-11:15 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.

Valentine’s is for the Birds

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

Join us on a bird hike for beginners of all ages then show your love for our feathered friends by making a bird seed ornament to take home. $3/member, $4/nonmember.

Julia Archibald Holmes: The Bloomer Girl on Pikes Peak

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

Discover what it was like for a woman to hike Pikes Peak 160 years ago by a woman who re-created Holmes’ hike in 2018! What clothes, boots, and pack would she have used? Learn the changing role of women in the outdoors and mountaineering. See an interactive presentation with historic and modern photos, and explore the reproduction supplies and journal she used. $3/member, $4/nonmember.

Building for the Birds

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m.-Noon

Build a nesting box for common backyard birds, learn who they are and their nesting habits. An adult able to handle nails, hammers, etc. must accompany children. Materials provided. $10 per box per member, $12 per box per non-member. Prepaid preservations required. Limit 24 people.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, March 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 time on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Homeschool Fridays- Walk the Wetlands

Thursday, March 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Use your senses to explore the wetland and learn about the animals that live here. Enjoy a 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.

Reptiles and Amphibians Up-close & Personal

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

Join Pikes Peak Community College Zoo Keeping students for an up-close and personal visit with live reptiles and amphibians. Sponsored by PPCC’s “Wild Things Out There” volunteers. $2 per member, $3 per nonmember. Reservations required.

Animals that Lay Eggs (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, March 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 including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

“A Garden Experience” Film

Saturday, March 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Watch the gardeners, hear their stories. Local filmmakers crafted this short film about the build community. Barbra Gibb of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens will share information about the new Duckwood Community Garden in Fountain Creek Regional Park. Free.

Volunteer Field Trip Leader Training

Thursday & Friday, March 21 & 22, 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Train to become a field trip leader at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Learn techniques and programs for connecting students to the wetlands and surrounding ecosystems. Application and interview process and commitment to leading field trips is required. Contact Paula at 719-520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com.

Storytime at Fountain Creek

Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.

Join a naturalist to hear special wildlife stories and then enjoy the trails on your own. Geared towards a pre-school audience. Free.

Heron Homecoming (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, April 4, 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 time on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Hawking and Owling with Fountain’s Bird Whisperer

Saturday April 6, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Prowl the Nature Trail and Regional Trails with Doug Harling, Fountain’s Bird Whisperer, to hunt for nests, learn respectful dos & don’ts of viewing ethics, and a few Limit 24 people. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. (photo credit Doug Harling)

What Neat Feet (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, April 11, 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.

Homeschool Fridays- Discover Wetlands

Thursday, April 12, 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. Geared towards grades 3-6. $4 per person,
15 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepayment required.

Fountain Creek’s Famous Visitor: Zebulon Montgomery Pike

Saturday, April 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

What brought Zeb Pike to Fountain Creek, what happened during and after his trek? Discover his 1806 expedition through this illustrated talk. Speaker, Carol Kennis Lopez, has created learning opportunities about the history of the American West for 30 years. Prepaid reservations required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20, 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, 1-2 p.m.

Meet a live rabbit and learn about rabbits via a fun, interactive slide show. Then join the Bunny Guide to search for eggs along the trail. Ages 2-10 with an adult. Prepaid registration required. $5 per member child, $6 per nonmember child

 

Fountain Creek’s Famous Visitor: Zebulon Montgomery Pike

Saturday, April 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

What brought Zeb Pike to Fountain Creek, what happened during and after his trek? Discover his 1806 expedition through this illustrated talk. Speaker, Carol Kennis Lopez, has created learning opportunities about the history of the American West for 30 years. Prepaid reservations required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 27

Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways. Fountain Creek and other sites available. To volunteer, please visit gacppp.com. All ages welcome!

Little Dogs on the Prairie (ages 3-6 with an adult)

Thursday, May 2, 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 time on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day Festival

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

Explore over 20 outdoor activity stations including puppet shows, dinosaur fossils, bug sweeps, kite making, pond critters, crafts and more. Free slice of pizza for all participants from Papa Murphy’s. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. FREE to active duty military families with I.D. No reservations required.

Feline Friends (ages 2-3 with an adult)

Thursday, May 9, 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.

Homeschool Fridays- Awesome Arthropods

Friday, May 10, 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.

Spring Bird Count

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

Beginning to advanced birders count and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during the height of spring migration. $5 per participant.

Fifth Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19

Discover new birds when you register for the local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Choose from over 30 field trips and activities. Register at www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org.

Junior Docent Training

Thursday, May 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Seeking motivated teens to develop public speaking experience, learn about nature, earn service hours and work at least four 3-hour shifts during the summer. Written application, interview and training required. Contact Nancy Bernard at nancybernard@elpasoco.com for application.

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.