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 3, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

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. Must pre-register for specific times. $7 per member / $8 per nonmember.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, December 4, 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. For more information on Forest Bathing
www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember.

Kids’ Morning Out at Bear Creek

Saturday, December 11, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Caregivers– Enjoy a morning to yourself while your child (ages 6-11) spends the morning at Bear Creek hiking, playing games, and creating a festive ornament. Lunch is included. $15 per member/ $20 per nonmember child. Prepaid registration required.

Bear Creek Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 18, 8:00 a.m.-noon

All are welcome for Bear Creek Regional Park’s portion of 2021’s Christmas Bird Count. Be prepared for cold, snow and icy trails. Limited group size, pre-registration required. $5 recommended donation for birdseed & feeders.

Gingerbread Habitat Decorating

Saturday, December 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Join us as we learn about the different animal habitats at Bear Creek while decorating a Gingerbread Habitat kit of your own
(this is a nature twist on the traditional ginger-bread house). Pre-register for specific times. $15 per member kit/$20 per nonmember kit.

Nature Explorers: Leaves or No Leaves?

Wednesday, Dec 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Little Wonders: Winter Warmth

Wednesday, December 29, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, December 30, 10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Nature’s Classroom: Winter Adaptations

Wednesday, January 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, January 8, 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. For more information on Forest Bathing
www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember.

Nature Explorers: Fantastic Flurries

Wednesday, January 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying siblings and adult.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, January 22, 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. For more information on Forest Bathing
www.listeningpines.com . $20 per member / $30 per nonmember.

Active Adults: COS History Walk—LAW & DISORDER

Saturday, January 22, 2:45-4:30 p.m. (Includes gin talk and drink) or
Saturday, January 22, 3:00-4:15 p.m. (Just history walk)

Join us for a history walk downtown led by Pioneer Museum staff.
Explore how Colorado Springs officials fought to remain a
“dry town” in “wet times,” the captivating story of how local law enforcement, concerned citizens and the Gazette newspaper worked to run the KKK out of town in the 1920’s, and an infamous gun battle with train robbers in the streets of downtown.
2:45 p.m.—History walk and program ending with a brief gin talk and prohibition-era cocktail at Brooklyn’s on Boulder. $15 per person
3:00 p.m.—History walk and program. $7 per person

Little Wonders: Where are they Hiding?

Wednesday, January 26, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Thursday, January 27, 10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per child and $3 per accompanying adult.

Fountain Creek Logo

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

Nature Adventures: Winter Bugs

Thursday, December 2, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Friday, December 3, 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.

Active Adults: Hand-Woven Ornaments

Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Decorate your home or make gifts for others in this guided, crafty, low waste class! We’ll be recycling old paper products and other weavable craft items into beautiful and intricate ornaments.
$10 per member/$12 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Fur & Feathers

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

$3 per person including siblings and adults. Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year old through interactive activities, a story, and a short hike.

Nature Hikes with Santa

Saturdays, December 11& 18,
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Participate in the 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. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember.
Prepaid reservations required.

Nature Hikes with Santa

Saturday, December 18,
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Participate in the 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. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember.
Prepaid reservations required.

Morning Hike & Campfire

Tuesday, January 4, 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 of course s’mores! Geared towards 6 years and up. $4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Prepaid reservations required.

Sticks and Stones Build a Home

Thursday, January 6, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Friday, January 7, 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.

Winter Bird Count

Saturday, January 8, 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. Preregistration is required and space in limited. $5 donation per person to help support our bird feeder program!

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Snow Bunnies

Thursday, January 13, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Friday, January 14, 9:00-10:15 a.m.

$3 per person including siblings and adults. Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year old through interactive activities, a story, and a short hike.

Frozen Fauna

Saturday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Where do the turtles and frogs go? How do birds not freeze their feet off? Is a deer’s coat really THAT warm? Animals have a variety of ways to deal with the hardships of winter and some are downright amazing! Learn about all the diverse ways creatures survive winter and join us for a hike to see some in action!
$4 per member / $5 per nonmember. Limit 15 people. Prepaid reservations required.

Jr. Bird Club

Saturday, January 22, 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 corvids. Drop off your child for a lesson, craft, and birding walk! $10 per meeting. Prepaid registration required.

Live Birds of Prey

Saturday, January 29, 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. $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.