Upcoming Programs & Events at the Nature Centers

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

Nature’s Music Family Program

Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Music has been a part of every human culture. Our earliest instruments were made from natural materials. Hear a Native American legend of the origins of music and participate in creating our own Nature’s symphony. Light snacks provided. Preregistration required. $3 per member/ $4 per nonmember.

Bear Creek Nature Center’s 5th Annual Bear Run: Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser

Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 5th Annual Bear Run: a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. In celebration of 5 years, this year we will offer a 3k AND a 5k course! All new runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep! Returning runners register at a discounted rate. Come early for pre-run festivities! Find more information and registration at elpasoco.com/bearrun

Nature Explorers: Bear Prepares for Winter

Wednesday, November 20, 9:00-10:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Making a Bird: How Species Form and Stay Separate by Dr. Garth Spellman

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

As the Curator of Ornithology, Dr. Garth Spellman’s research focuses on how recent and ancient environmental changes have affected bird species. Bird species are products of their environment and therefore are constantly evolving in response to environmental change. The response of a species to environmental change leaves lasting footprints in its DNA. Dr. Spellman uses genetic tools to examine “bird DNA footprints” and determine just how a species or multiple species that make up a modern community have responded to past environmental change.

FREE

Little Wonders: Where Animals Walk

Wednesday, November 27, 9:00-10:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Bear Creek by Candlelight

Friday, December 6, 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, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa Claus and festive take-home crafts provided by Pikes Peak Artist Collective. $5 per member/ $6 per nonmember.

Full Moon Photography Workshop at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Wednesday, December 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Join award-winning photographer Mike Pach for a guided photo shoot to capture the full moon (weather permitting!) rising over the Paint Mines. Bring your camera, tripod, telephoto and wide-angle lenses. $20 per person, limited space. Prepaid registration required.

Film Screening
Teton Gravity Research: Winterland

Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a screening of TGR’s newest film “Winterland” which follows the new pioneers of ski and snowboard culture and their incredible adventures. $10 per member/$15 per nonmember. Cost of entry includes a free beer and snacks! Doors at 6:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 14, Bird Count- 8:00am-12:00pm and Tally Rally- 5:00-7:00pm

All are welcome for Bear Creek Regional Park’s portion of 2018’s Christmas Bird Count. Be prepared for cold, snow and icy trails. Afterwards, gather at Bear Creek Nature Center from 5-7pm for a potluck dinner & species compilation. $5 recommended donation for birdseed & feeders.

Nature Explorers: A Squirrel’s World

Wednesday, December 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Deck the Trails!

Thursday, December 19, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Some Flew Away But Who Has Stayed?

Saturday, January 4, 10:00am-12:00pm

Let’s hike and search for birds that call Bear Creek home during the winter months and make a bird treat ornament to attract birds to your yard. All ages. $4 member, $5 nonmember.

Full Moon Kids’ Night Out at Bear Creek

Friday, January 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

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

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Topic TBD

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00pm

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Social & refreshments at 6:30pm.

Nature Explorers: Tail Tales

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

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Family Yoga: Animal Theme!

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Join Omtastic Yoga at Bear Creek Nature Center for a morning of animal yoga. Craft to follow the one-hour yoga class. Minimum age 4. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Cost $5 per
participant. Preregistration required.

Little Wonders: Snouts & Sniffers

Wednesday, January 29, 10:00-11:15 a.m. & 1:00- 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, January 30, 10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Children, ages 2-3 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities and a hike. $3 per person. Prepaid registration required.

A Valentine’s Evening in Nature

Friday, February 14, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a date with the natural world this Valentine’s Day! Take a moonlit stroll, make a keepsake to take home, and top the evening off with hot chocolate and s’mores! $5 per member/ $6 per nonmember.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Topic TBD

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Social & refreshments at 6:30pm.

STEM & Snow at Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm,

Your kids can join us for a STEM-filled Saturday at Bear Creek! This day will revolve around snow, ice, and everything FUN about winter. From the animal engineers who are experts at staying warm
to the science behind snow, we will have an active day of exploration and discovery. Lunch provided. Dress for the weather. $15 per member child, $20 per nonmember child.
Preregistration required.

Sustainability Series: Back to Nature with Essential Oils

Saturday, February 29, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Join certified Aromatherapist Debbi Alberto to explore recipes, safety with essential oils, how-to’s, plus do 2 DIY take-home projects to help you understand how essential oils will be one of your primary go-to’s for sustainable health. We will discuss how to use essential oils and aromatherapy for: simple first aid, stress management, pest control and cleaning. $15 per person.

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

Punkin Chunkin & Zucchini Races

Saturday, November 2, 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Bring your leftover small pumpkins and giant zucchinis. See how far our catapult will launch your pumpkin, then soup up your zucchini with wheels for the zucchini race! Which zucchini will win?
$4/member, $5/nonmember. Race rules TBD

Punkin Chunkin & Zucchini Races

Saturday, November 2, 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Bring your leftover small pumpkins and giant zucchinis. See how far our catapult will launch your pumpkin, then soup up your zucchini with wheels for the zucchini race! Which zucchini will win?
$4/member, $5/nonmember. Race rules TBD

Homeschool Fridays: Walk the Wetlands

Friday, November 8, 2-4:00 p.m.

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

Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2nd annual holiday craft fair at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Local artisans and vendors will display and sell their unique creations. Enjoy the sights and smells of the season, support the
community and the nature center through your purchases. Free!

Nature Adventures : What Makes a Mammal?

Thursday, November 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 on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: The Big Five

Thursday, November 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.

Nature Adventures : Animal Puppets

Thursday, December 5, 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 on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Junior Bird Club

Saturday, December 7, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

2nd meeting in the series: Club for children ages 8-17 to connect with the practice of birding, increase love for nature, and a desire to care for the environment. Club meets bi-monthly. December will cover winter birding and making your own suet. Bring binoculars. $25/youth for 6 club meetings or $5/meeting.
Prepaid reservations required.

Jam Technique Class: Featuring Holiday Jams

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Wow family members with your homemade jams and fruits or with a meal made with specialty items such as Spiced Blue Berry Jam. This is a hands-on class and you will take home a jar of jam you make in class. $12/person; prepaid registration required. Limit 14 adults.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: What Keeps Me Warm?

Thursday, December 12, 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.

Nature Hikes with Santa

Saturdays, December 14 and 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Participate in the interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem, and make snowflake crafts while waiting for Santa to arrive at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Then hike the nature trail with Santa to see what gifts nature gives us. $3/member, $4/ non-member. Prepaid reservations required.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
(Tractor pulled alternative if needed)

Saturday, December 14 and 21, 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of Suffolk Punch draft horses clipclopping down the Regional Trail with jingle bells and seasonal songs. $7/person, prepaid reservations required. Limit 20 people per ride. Weather permitting. Sponsored by the Miller & Evans Families.

Nature Adventures : Super Sleepers

Thursday, January 2, 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 on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Morning Hike & Campfire

Saturday, 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! $4/member, $5/ non-member. Prepaid reservations required.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: D is for Deer

Thursday, January 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.

Wolf Moon Hike

Friday, January 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Oooow! How did the different moon phases get their names and what causes their phases? Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and an outdoor guided hike on an easy, moonlit trail testing your nocturnal animal knowledge along the way. Dress for the weather. $3/member, $4/nonmember. Prepaid reservations required.

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count

Saturday, January11, 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Beginning to advanced birders are invited to observe and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park. $5/person.

Live Birds of Prey!

Saturday, January 25, 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.

Junior Bird Club

Saturday, February 1, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

3rd meeting in the series: Club for children ages 8-17 to connect with the practice of birding, increase love for nature, and a desire to care for the environment. Club meets bi-monthly. Tyler Stuart of Aiken Audubon Society will help junior birders learn different ways to identify our local birds by their songs and calls. Craft following. $5/meeting. Prepaid reservations required.

Nature Adventures : Rascally Rabbits

Thursday, February 6, 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 on the trail. $3 per person including siblings and adults.

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Rambunctious Raccoons

Thursday, February 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.

Valentine’s is For the Birds

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 .

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. $5/member, $6/ nonmember. Prepaid reservations required.

Trolls in the Woods STEM Competition

Saturday, February 29, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The trolls are coming…with your help. Join us to build the troll of your imagination with the dead, down and brown tree limbs on the forest floor of Fountain Creek Nature Center’s Magic Woods.
Teams of families or friends (5 or less/team) may bring rope, string or twine to construct your gnome. No power tools. A tour of the giants will take place at Noon. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. $10/team. Prepaid reservations 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.