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

Birding 101 with Aiken Audubon

Lecture- Thursday, June 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Birding– Saturday, June 15, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us for a two-part session for Beginning Birders! Aiken Audubon leaders will teach about bird identification, behavior and habitats, birding ethics, and choices for binoculars, scopes and field guides. Both classes- $10 per person, $8 per member.
Prepaid registration required.

Kids’ Night Out: Where the Wild Things Are

Friday, June 14, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 7-11) for an evening of hiking, playing games, & learning about all the wild things of the night. Dinner is included.
$25 per child // $20 per member child.
Prepaid registration required.

Sidewalk Astronomy with the CO Springs Astronomical Society

Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Observe the sun though special solar telescopes operated by CSASTRO members. These telescopes enable amazing views of surface features, filaments, prominences and flares on the Sun that can’t be seen with ordinary telescopes. CSASTRO members will also discuss the benefits and dangers of UV and make UV detecting bead bracelets that change color in the sun.
Drop-in program, $2 per person suggested donation

Wildflower Walk with the CO Plant Masters and COS Extension Office

Saturday, June 29, 8:00- 10:30 a.m.

Take a hike along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center with a CO Native Plant Master to see what’s blooming and learn about some of the hallmark species that grow in Bear Creek’s habitats. Ages 12+. Wear sturdy shoes, uneven terrain and some uphill sections.
$5 per person, prepaid registration required.
Registration required at Wildflower Walk Registration Page

Nature Explorers: Bird Bash

Wednesday, July 17, 9:00-10::30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 17, 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.

Little Wonders- Ants in Action

Thursday, July 18, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, July 18, 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.

Sustainability Series: Composting Basics– You Can Be Successful

Saturday, July 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Learn the science behind composting and what options can help you to meet your goals. See a demonstration of the “hot” technique to get you started this year. Hear tips and tricks of other successful composters in El Paso County.
$5 per person, prepaid registration required.

Stay Alive! Women’s Wilderness Education

Tuesday, July 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Did you know that day hikers are the most at risk of being caught unprepared in a wilderness survival situation? This workshop will cover the basics of selecting multi-purpose gear, and how to think and what actions to take if you find yourself in a
survival situation. Topics include basic shelter, fire, water, and signaling. Facilitated by Femme Trek. Pre-registration required, Ages 18+, $30/person

Bear Creek Restoration Crew

Wednesday, July 31, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Become a steward of our parks and join the Bear Creek Nature Center Restoration Crew. This group conducts quarterly restoration projects including fire mitigation, trail maintenance, and invasive species removal. Varying levels of difficulty for each project.
Email kyleetaylor2@elpasoco.com to join!

Kids’ Morning Out: Creek Critters

Saturday, August 3, 9:00a.m- 1:00p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 6-11) for a morning of hiking, playing games, & learning about the critters of the creek. Lunch is included. $25 per child // $20 per member child.
Prepaid registration required.

Happy Trails- A Country Classic

Saturday, August 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Dust off your best western wear and join the El Paso County Nature Centers for an evening of great food, music, drinks, desserts, and friends at this special annual event at Bear Creek Nature Center. Purchase art from featured artists as we raise funds to support the future programs and scholarships so all may enjoy the outdoors!
Limited space. Call 719-520-6387 for more information.

Nature Explorers: Drawing Nature

Wednesday, August 14, 9:00-10::30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 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.

Active Adults: Ute Knowledge and the Plants of the Foothills

Thursday, August 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Take an after work walk as we learn about the plants of the foothills and how they have been used since time immemorial as food, medicine, and in culture. The program is possible thanks to the Colorado History Museum’s Ute STEM kits created in collaboration with Ute tribal elders and leaders. Adults only, prepaid registration required.
$5/person, $4 per member

Little Wonders- Fishy Fun

Wednesday, August 21, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, August 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.

Bear Creek A’Buzz–
Annual Honey Harvest & Pollinator Celebration Day

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Watch beekeepers harvest honey from hives, see bees in action in their obser-vation hive, and learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators. Visit pollinator gardens and learn about native plants from the Broadmoor Garden Club. Activities, crafts, food trucks, and samples of honey and local honey available for purchase. $2 per person

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

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Underdogs

Thursday, June 20, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, June 21, 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.

Hummingbird Homecoming

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

With their speed, grace, agility, tiny size, and love of flowers, hummingbirds have captured the hearts and imaginations of countless people. Learn about their migrations, adaptations, and influence on cultures. You’ll discover our Colorado species and how to invite them to your yards, plus favorite viewing locations nearby.
Recommended ages 10+. $5 per person // $4 per member.
Prepaid registration required.

Mindfulness Practices for Photography and Creativity

Saturday, July 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore ways to improve your photography and creativity through mindfulness practices with photographer Mike Pach. This workshop will consist of three segments: Part 1 – lecture, Part 2 – outdoor practice, Part 3 – sharing experiences. All skill levels and camera types are welcome, including cell phones.
$25 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Adventures: Crazy About Cottonwoods

Thursday, July 18, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 19, 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.

Annual Firefly Celebration & Night Hike

Friday, July 19, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Yes, over the years we’ve spotted lightning bugs in the wetlands near Fountain Creek Nature Center! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these rare wonders in the park. Ages 5+ recommended
$5 per person // $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Butterfly Boogie

Thursday, July 25, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 26, 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.

Monarch Pinning Workshop

Saturday, July 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

With the milkweed in full bloom, we’ll start to notice monarchs passing through the park on their multi-generational migration to Mexico for the winter. Come learn about the conservation of these royal insects and how to pin a specimen that you get to take home and keep! Register at: CronkArtCo.com
$40 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Nature Adventures: What Big Teeth You Have

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

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Toad-tastic

Thursday, August 15, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, August 16, 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.

Monarch Magic

Saturday, August 31, 10:00-11:30 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.
$5 per person // $4 per 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.