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

Bear Creek by Candlelight

Friday, December 2, Pre-register for specific times between 5pm-8pm.

Join us for Bear Creek Nature Center’s annual holiday celebration! Walk on luminary-lit nature trails, enjoy live music, chili dinner from Texas Roadhouse, Santa Claus and festive crafts.
$8/person, $7 per member

Kids’ Morning Out- Food Science

Saturday, December 10, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Caretakers, drop your kids off for a morning of discovery all about the Ute People and how they used Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering to provide food for themselves. Connections will be made to the past and present use of STEM in food preparation. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. $25/person, $20 per member
Prepaid registration required.

Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, December 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Our puppet pals have a story to share! Hear all about their adventures at Bear Creek followed by a craft. $2 suggested donation per person.

December Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, December 10, 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
$30 per person/ $20 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Habitats

Tuesday, December 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

A puppet show followed by a discovery hike through 3 habitats, observing, comparing and contrasting each. Learn how these habitats thrive; even in winter! Geared towards Grades 1-2. Children at least 6 years old can be dropped off. $4/person
Pre-registration required

Nature Explorers: Winter Wildcats

Wednesday, December 14, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 14, 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.

Lots of Knots

Friday, December 16, 5:00 p.m.

If you don’t know a knot, tie a lot! Whether you’re going on a family camping trip in the mountains, moving across the country for school or a new job, or just simply working on some projects around the house or garden, a good knot is one of the most useful tools in a persons toolbox. In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn almost everything you want to know about knots and their practical usage. Get hands on experience using different types of materials to successfully tie the most effective and secure knots for all your rigging needs. $8 per person/ $7 per member & military
Pre-registration required

Bear Creek Nature Center Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 17, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

All are welcome for Bear Creek Regional Park’s 2022 Christmas Bird Count. Be prepared for cold, snow and icy trails. Later that day, gather at Bear Creek Nature Center from 5-6:30 pm for a potluck dinner & species compilation. $5/person recommended donation

Gingerbread Habitats

Saturday, December 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Can you catch the Gingerbread…. bear…or deer? Create Gingerbread Habitats that include animals and flora from Bear Creek habitats! Individuals, friends group, and families can enjoy a morning of creative decorating with frosting, candy, and our tasty gingerbread. $20/kit, $15/member kit. Pre-registration required

Little Wonders- Fox & the Gingerbread Boy

Wednesday, December 21, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 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: Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Tuesday, January 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Students play detective in a “who-dunnit?” scenario and hone their detective skills on a hike through different habitats, searching for signs of life, and learning about food webs. Geared towards grades 3-5. Children grades 3+ can be dropped off. $4/person

Saturday Puppet Theatre Matinee

Saturday, January 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Our puppet pals have a story to share! Hear all about their adventures at Bear Creek followed by a craft. $2 suggested donation per person.

January Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, January 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
$30 per person/ $20 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Explorers: Alphabet Soup

Wednesday, January 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 18, 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.

Adult Day Camp: Stories & Culture of the Ute People

Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Adults, have you ever longed for the days when you got to go to summer camp? Come for a day of camp where you’ll learn stories of the Ute people (and how to tell them) as well as aspects of their culture such as music and art. Bring a lunch and as many snacks as you want! Make sure to bring water since we’ll definitely be hiking. And, of course, there will be a craft! Prepaid registration required. $30/person, $25/member.

Little Wonders- Who’s Here in Winter?

Wednesday, January 25, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 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.

Fountain Creek Logo

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

Nature Adventures: Winter Green

Thursday, December 1, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, December 2, 10:00-11:30 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.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Deercember

Thursday, December 8, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Friday, December 9, 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.

Nature Hike with Santa

Saturday, December 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17,
10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Participate in an interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” while waiting for Santa to arrive at the Nature Center! Then, hike with Santa to see what gifts nature gives us. Afterwards, enjoy seasonal tunes with the band, Peppergrass, and make paper snowflakes! $5/person, $4/member Prepaid registration required.

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!

Nature Hike with Santa

Saturday, December 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Participate in an interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” while waiting for Santa to arrive at the Nature Center! Then, hike with Santa to see what gifts nature gives us. Afterwards, enjoy seasonal tunes with the band, Peppergrass, and make paper snowflakes! $5/person, $4/member Prepaid registration required.

Nature Adventures: Resting Reptiles

Thursday, January 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, January 6, 10:00-11:30 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.

Morning Hike & Campfire

Saturday, January 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Start the New Year off right by joining us for a short winter hike followed by a campfire, songs, stories, and s’mores! Geared towards ages 6 and up. $5/person, $4/member
Prepaid registration required

Lots of Knots

Friday, January 7, 5:00 p.m.

Whether you’re going on a family camping trip in the mountains, moving across the country for school or a new job, or just simply working on some projects around the house or garden, a good knot is one of the most useful tools in a persons toolbox. In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn almost everything you want to know about knots and their practical usage. Get hands on experience using different types of materials to successfully tie the most effective and secure knots for all your rigging needs. $8 per person/ $7 per member & military
Pre-registration required

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Tricky Tracks

Thursday, January 12, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Friday, January 13, 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.

Winter Bird Count

Saturday, January 14, 8:30-11:00 a.m.

All levels of birders are invited to help us observe and record the bird species in Fountain Creek Regional Park. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. $5 donation per person recommended

Jr Bird Club

Saturday, January 21, 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 winter adaptations and survival strategies. Drop off your child for a lesson, craft, and birding walk! $10 per meeting
Prepaid registration required

Live Birds of Prey

Saturday, January 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Learn about hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures through a live birds of prey program with Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center! The presentation includes two different birds of prey and a discussion of adaptations, predator/prey relationships, natural history, and personal stories of the birds presented. You’ll also hear about the work the Center does to rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey. $5/person, $4/member. Prepaid registration required

Painting in the Park: Valentine’s Edition

Saturday, January 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

What better way to send a message of love than with something handmade? Join us as we learn some watercolor painting basics, then make your own watercolor Valentine’s Day cards! Each person will receive their own watercolor pallet, brush set, and cards with envelopes. Program is geared towards adults.
$15/person, $10/member. Prepaid registration required

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.