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

Mindfulness Photography Workshop

Saturday, May 7, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Practice slowing down and bringing awareness to the present moment to enhance your creativity and nature photography skills with award-winning photographer Mike Pach of 3 Peaks Photography & Design and Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie of Listening Pines. Prepaid registration required. $30 per person

Nature’s Classroom: Incredible Insects

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

With more families schooling from home this year than ever before, this is a great chance to bring your student in to have a hands on and engaging environmental experience in nature! Puppet show, guided hike and catch/release of live insects provide
opportunities to learn about life cycles and importance of insects.
Geared towards grades 1-3. $4 per person.

Bird Symphony

Wednesday, May 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 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. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Preregistration and prepayment required.

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Field Experience

Tuesday, May 24, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

With more families schooling from home this year than ever before, this is a great chance to bring your student in to have a hands on and engaging environmental experience in nature! Experience the foothills habitats and learn about the importance of CO
natural resources while rotating through four multi-disciplinary activities, recording observations along the way.
Geared towards grades 5-8. Children (grades 5-8) can be dropped off. $4 per person

Little Wonders- Are You My Mother? Animal Babies

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

Kids’ Morning Out: The Afterlife
Decomposers and Scavengers

Saturday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Drop your child (ages 6-12) off at Bear Creek for the morning where they will learn about the fascinating and important world of
decomposers and scavengers through outdoor explorations, games, puppetry and hands-on activities. Lunch included.
Prepaid registration required. $20 per child /$15 per member child

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, May 28, 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
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Wildflower Photography Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Join photographer and outdoorsman Bob Falcone (“Hiking Bob”) for a wildflower photography workshop. Indoor class includes the basics of capturing good wildflower photos and avoiding common mistakes followed by an outdoor session with cameras (or cellphones) to put skills into practice. Geared towards adults. Prepaid registration required. $25 per person/$20 per member

Little Wonders- Nature’s Music

Wednesday, June 15, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 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.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Wednesday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.- 12:20 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
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Nature Explorers: Noticing Nature

Thursday, June 16, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 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.

Kids’ Night Out: Creek Night

Friday, June 17, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 6-12) for an evening of creek exploration, and water-themed games and activities. Dinner is included. Prepaid registration required. $20 per person/$15 per member

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, June 25, 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
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Nature Explorers: Bedding and Building

Wednesday, July 6, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 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.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Wednesday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 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
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Little Wonders- Ants on Parade

Thursday, July 7, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 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.

Children’s Mindfulness Series

Saturdays, July 9, 16, & 23, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Introduce your child to mindfulness with Mighty Mindful Kids at the Bear Creek Nature Center! We’ll learn about what it means to be mindful, how using our 5 senses helps us to be present, as well as how we can use meditation to handle big emotions. There will be interactive activities as well as a fun craft each week. Ideal for children ages 5-10. Each class in this three week series will be different. Sign up for all three classes to receive $15 off your total! A parent must accompany each party and are free. Additional adults, please consider a donation.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per child/$20 per member child

Children’s Mindfulness Series

Saturdays, July 16 & 23, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Introduce your child to mindfulness with Mighty Mindful Kids at the Bear Creek Nature Center! We’ll learn about what it means to be mindful, how using our 5 senses helps us to be present, as well as how we can use meditation to handle big emotions. There will be interactive activities as well as a fun craft each week. Ideal for children ages 5-10. Each class in this three week series will be different. A parent must accompany each party and are free. Additional adults, please consider a donation.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per child/$20 per member child

Active Adults: 50 Species Challenge

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

Have you ever found an insect, plant, or animal you didn’t know much about? Let’s get curious about the world in our backyard and find 50 unknown species in the park to identify! Prepaid registration required. $4 per person/$3 per member

Sustainability Series: Pickling & Water Bath Canning

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

Learn how to pickle vegetables, fruit and summer relish. You will learn tested and research- based techniques to safely pickle. Covers water-bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation. This is a hands-on workshop where you will water bath can a jar of pickled green beans to take home with you! Prepaid registration required. $10 per person

Children’s Mindfulness Series

Saturday, July 23, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Introduce your child to mindfulness with Mighty Mindful Kids at the Bear Creek Nature Center! We’ll learn about what it means to be mindful, how using our 5 senses helps us to be present, as well as how we can use meditation to handle big emotions. There will be interactive activities as well as a fun craft each week. Ideal for children ages 5-10. Each class in this three week series will be different. A parent must accompany each party and are free. Additional adults, please consider a donation.
Prepaid registration required. $30 per child/$20 per member child

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, July 23, 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
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Classic Colorado Hikes: Lakes, Loop and High Ridge Traverses

Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Jon Kedrowski will discuss exploring the mountains and high mountain lakes of Colorado to excite people about the summer hiking season. Jon’s newest guidebook, Classic Colorado Hikes, will be featured to show the audience some of the best places to explore in the high mountains in Colorado. Books available for purchase. $5 per person/ $4 per member

Kids’ Morning Out: Soaking Up the Sun

Saturday, August 13, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Drop your child (ages 6-12) off at Bear Creek for the morning where they will learn about the mighty power of the sun through outdoor exploration, games, and hands-on activities. Lunch included. Prepaid registration required. $20 per child/$15 per member child

Nature Explorers: Leave No Trace

Wednesday, August 17, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 18, 9:00-10:30 a.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.

Happy Trails BBQ Fundraiser

Friday, August 19, 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 719-520-6387 for more information.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

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

Little Wonders- Creek Livin’

Wednesday, August 24, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, August 25, 9:00-10:15 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. 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 27, 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. Visit pollinator gardens and learn about native plants. Guided hikes, activities, crafts, samples of honey and local honey available for purchase. $2 per person

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, August 31, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 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
Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Fountain Creek Logo

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

Fountain Creek Birding Pledge Drive

April 24-May 21

Go birding for a cause! Raise donations for The El Paso County Nature Centers and Aiken Audubon Society by gathering pledges from friends and family then identifying as many birds as you can during spring migration in Fountain Creek Regional Park. More details coming!

Nature Adventures- Animal Mothers

Thursday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.-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. Prepaid registration required.

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day

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

Explore 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. FREE to active-duty military families with I.D. Reservations recommended.
$5 per person/$4 per member

Spring Bird Count

Thursday, May 12, 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 donation recommended per participant to support our bird feeders.

Active Adults: Spring Birding Photography Workshop

Saturday, May 21, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Spring is a wonderful time to view birds. Join award-wining photographer, Mike Pach, as he helps you capture photos of spring migrants. All skill levels welcome. Bring your camera and tripod (optional). We will meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Limit 15 participants. Prepaid registration required. $20 per person

Homeschool Fridays: Awesome Arthropods

Friday, May 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore the five habitats and discover how they are shaped by water at Fountain Creek Regional Park. Watch a short video, do a wetland meta-phor activity, and go for a hike with a pond study. Designed for grades 3-6. Prepaid registration required. $4 per person

Nature Adventures- Bugs for Lunch

Thursday, June 2, 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 3, 9:00 a.m.-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. Prepaid registration required.

Jr. Camp Aide Training

Thursday, June 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Teens 14 years and older who have completed a written application and been interviewed and selected may attend this special training to prepare them for nature camp duties. Contact jessicamiller@elpasoco.com for more information

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Rollie Pollie Roundup

Thursday, June 23, 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
Friday, June24, 9:00 a.m.-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.

Evening Bat Quest

Saturday, June 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The wetlands and meadows provide a bug buffet and open skies for attracting and viewing bats. While we wait for the sun to go down, learn about bats with a quick class, craft, and fun activities. Geared towards all ages! Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member

Nature Adventures- Munching Mantids

Thursday, July 7, 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-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. Prepaid registration required.

Firefly Night Hike & Celebration

Friday, July 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 9, 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. Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Turtle Time

Thursday, July 21, 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
Friday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.-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.

Active Adults: Native Pollinator Lecture and Hike

Saturday, July 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Guest speaker David Woolly will regale us with a lesson on the lesser known but critically important pollinators that we can be on the lookout for and lend a helping hand to. Then we’ll walk along the nature trail to find some pollinators and other bugs in action. Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member

Insect Songs

Saturday, July 30, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The summer air is filled with the songs of insects. Field crickets, tree crickets, cicadas, and katydids all add to the cacophony of a summer afternoon. Come learn about their calls and try to catch them in the act. Craft, hike, and games included.
Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member

Nature Adventures- Messin’ With Mud

Thursday, August 11, 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, August 12, 9:00 a.m.-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. Prepaid registration required.

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Nature’s Alphabet

Thursday, August 18, 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
Friday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.-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 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Discover the magical mystery of the monarch migration to Mexico. See an indoor presentation, make a craft, and search for caterpillars and adults to tag and release for research. Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member

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.