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

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

Nature’s Classroom: Foothills Habitats

Thursday, September 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

A puppet show followed by a discovery hike through 3 habitats, observing, comparing and contrasting each. Geared towards Grades 1-2. Children at least 6 years old can be dropped off. $4 per person

Sustainability Series: What’s in Your Water?

Saturday, September 10, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Stretching from Palmer Lake to Pueblo, our Fountain Creek Watershed is amazing! Learn about the importance of a healthy watershed and how we can all protect and preserve our waterways with Amy Brautigan of the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District. Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member.

Nature’s Classroom: Discover Bear Creek

Tuesday, September 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

A puppet show and discovery hike give children the opportunity to learn about and fine-tune their senses. Geared for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Must have accompanying adult. $4 per person

Nature Explorers: Leaf it to Me

Wednesday, September 14, 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

Friday, September 16, 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

Webelos Day

Saturday, September 17

Register for interactive sessions led by trained guides to earn badges for: Arrow of Light Adventures; Into the Woods- 9:00-11:00 a.m. Into the Wild- 11:00-1:00 p.m. Earth Rocks! 1:30-3:30 p.m. $4 per badge per scout. Limited space and limited group sizes. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders- An Apple a Day

Wednesday, September 21, 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.

S’Mores Under the Stars

Thursday, September 29, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Join the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society at Bear Creek Nature Center as we search the night sky with the Society’s telescopes and enjoy s’mores together. Fire bans may affect this program. Pre-registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member.

Creek Week Cleanup

Saturday, October 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Creek Week aims to bring together the Fountain Creek Watershed communities to foster the health of our local waterways for citizens and wildlife alike. Help us clean up Bear Creek as part of this effort. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy. Free, pre-registration required.

Nature’s Classroom: Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Tuesday, October 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

Kids’ Night Out: Mad Scientist

Friday, October 7, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 6-12) for an evening of spooky science, crazy experiments, and fun games. Dinner is included.
Prepaid registration required. $20 per person/$15 per member.

Active Adults: Birding 101

Wednesday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. &
Saturday, October 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. Pre-registration required. $10 per person for both classes, $8 per member.

Nature Explorers: The Seedy Side of Autumn

Wednesday, October 19, 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.

Boo at Bear Creek

Friday, October 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Traverse the trails at Bear Creek Nature Center, meeting creepy creatures along the way that will unravel and dispel myths about things that go bump in the night. Pre-register for specific times. Recommended for ages 7+. $8 per person/ $7 per member.

Ghost Fish: The Legend of the Lake- Theatre on the Trail

Saturday, October 22

Every 15 minutes from 10:15-11:15 a.m. & 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Theatre Across Borders Production
Legend has it, there’s a fish that makes dreams come true. To find it, you may need to join the circus, swim with a mermaid or escape a sea monster. Ghost Fish blends puppetry, dance and silly surprises to take audiences on an unforgettable journey. Set in the beauty of local parks, the play will delight audiences 3 and up. Join the fun! Make a wish. Find the fish. Approximately 1 mile trail loop.
Prepaid registration for specific time required. $15 per person. Under 2 free.

Little Wonders- Creative Corvids

Wednesday, October 26, 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

Saturday, October 29, 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

Bear Creek’s 8th Annual Bear Run: Fun Run & Walk

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 8th Annual Bear Run; a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. Choice of 3k or 5k course along the trail! 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 including Bear Yoga and costume contest! Find more information and registration at elpasoco.com/bearrun

Nature’s Classroom: Winter Adaptations

Tuesday, November 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

A puppet show, hike and interactive stations will high-light the adaptations of local animals in winter. Geared towards grades 1-3. Children at least 6 years old can be dropped off. $4 per person

Nature Explorers: Nature Math

Wednesday, November 16, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 17, 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.

Kids’ Morning Out: Bear Aware, Why Should We Care?

Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 7-12) for a morning learning about black bears’ habits and adaptations and what WE can do to coexist safely with these large and often-misunderstood neighbors. Games, hike, and take-home activity. Lunch included.
Prepaid registration required. $20 per child/$15 per member child.

Forest Bathing Walk with Summer Lajoie from Listening Pines

Saturday, November 19, 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- Fall Feast

Wednesday, November 23, 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.

Fountain Creek Logo

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

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

Nature Adventures- Roam the Rabbitbrush

Thursday, September 1, 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, September 2, 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: Wiggly Worms

Thursday, September 8, 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
Friday, September 9, 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.

Fall Bird Count

Saturday, September 10, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Join the annual tradition and help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during fall migration. $5/person donation.

Girl Scout Badge Event

Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can register for fun sessions to meet badge requirements for these badges:
9:00-11:00, Daisies- Buddy Camper
9:00-11:00, Brownies- Cabin Camper
1:00-3:00, Brownies- Outdoor Adventurer
1:00-3:00, Juniors- Eco Camper
Sessions are limited. Prepaid registration required.
$5 per girl scout per badge activity.

Homeschool Fridays: Awesome Arthropods

Friday, September 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Not “bugs”-arthropods! Learn about insects, spiders, and their relatives with a puppet show, arthropod activity, and guided hike to catch arthropods. Designed for grades K-2. $4 per person

Active Adults: Kane Ranch Open Space

Saturday, September 24, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Discover the vast landscape, hidden wildlife, and wild history of one of El Paso County’s newest trails and open spaces. The prairie and dry cottonwood creek at Kane Ranch are home to unique wildlife and understated beauty. Join us for an adults-only social walk! Prepaid registration required. $5 per person/$4 per member.

Creek Week Kickoff

Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Kickoff this annual week-long clean up event at Fountain Creek Nature Center! Bring your community group to meet “Stan the Can” and clean up waterways or remove invasive species.
To register for our cleanup, please email jessicamiller@elpasoco.com or call 719-520-6745

Mini Fall Wellness Retreat: Exploring What Matters to You

Saturday, October 1 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us for a Fall Mini Wellness Retreat with wellness & mindset coach Joanna Zaremba. The morning will include yoga, a journaling exercise to explore your values, hiking, a guided relaxation, and intention-setting. Please dress for the weather and bring a notebook and pen for journaling, yoga mat or towel, drink, and a snack. For more info, contact Joanna at www.joannazaremba.com. $99 per person / $89 per member, prepaid registration required.

Nature Adventures- Nature’s Cleanup Crew

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

Ghost Fish: Legend of the Lake- Theatre on the Trail

Saturday, October 8 & 15

Every 15 minutes from 10:15-11:15 a.m. & 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Theatre Across Borders Production
Legend has it, there’s a fish that makes dreams come true. To find it, you may need to join the circus, swim with a mermaid or escape a sea monster. Ghost Fish blends puppetry, dance and silly surprises to take audiences on an unforgettable journey. Set in the beauty of local parks, the play will delight audiences 3 and up. Join the fun! Make a wish. Find the fish. Approximately 1 mile trail loop.
$15 per person. Under 2 free. Prepaid registration for specific time required

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Falling for Leaves

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

Jr. Bird Club

Saturday, October 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 the very first birds… Yea, this one is 66 million years in the making! Lesson, craft, and birding walk included. $10 per child. Prepaid registration required.

Homeschool Fridays: Discover the Wetlands

Friday, October 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Explore the five habitats at Fountain Creek Regional Park. Watch a short video, do a wetland metaphor activity, and go for a hike with a pond study. Designed for grades 3-6. $4 per person

Pumpkin Carving Party

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

Carve pumpkins to leave for the lighted trail at the Jack-o-Lantern event! Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns, and carving tools provided. Return at night to see your creation in action along the trail (separate fee). Pumpkins may retrieved after 7:30 p.m.
$5 per pumpkin. Prepaid registration required.
Sponsored by Milberger Farms of Pueblo.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

Saturday, October 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the trail, make a craft, hear stories, and roast a marshmallow! Costumes are encouraged at this festive event! Carved pumpkins may be picked up by their owners starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person, $4 per member.
Prepaid registration required. Sponsored by Milberger Farms of Pueblo.

Nature Adventures- Bouncing Bobcats

Thursday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Friday, November 4, 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.

Homeschool Fridays: Walk the Wetlands

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

Use your senses to explore the wetland and learn about the animals that live there. Includes a puppet show, animal inquiry activity, and a guided hike. Designed for grades Pre-k – 2. $4 per person

Twos & Threes Outdoors: Cottonwood Tales

Thursday, November 17, 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 18, 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.

Holiday Craft Show

Saturday, November 19, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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!

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.