Contact the Nature Centers

Bear Creek Nature Center

245 Bear Creek Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
719-520-6387

Fountain Creek Nature Center

320 Pepper Grass Lane
Fountain, CO 80817
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
719-520-6745

Nature Center Staff

Recreation / Cultural Services Manager

Theresa Odello, Recreation Coordinator

Theresa Odello joined El Paso County Community Services in February 2018 as a Recreation Coordinator, working on special events throughout the County Parks. She earned her B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services from California State University Long Beach, M.S. Ed. In Recreation and Tourism from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, and is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. Theresa’s experience in recreation is varied; supervising an Olympic-sized pool and competitive gymnastics center in Virginia, park ranger in Colorado, senior center coordinator in Malibu, director of an adult day program in Parker, to running a business teaching wilderness first aid. 719-520-6977, theresaodello@elpasoco.com.

Mary Jo Lewis

Mary Jo Lewis, Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor

Mary Jo Lewis joined El Paso County Parks in 2016 as the Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor. Prior to working for El Paso County, she filled the roles of Volunteer Coordinator, Assistant Director of Environmental Education, and Director of Environmental Education for Peace Valley Nature Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University, a Graduate-level Teaching Certification from Rider University, and is certified through the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide. 719-520-6388, maryjolewis@elpasoco.com.

Heidi Seals, Bear Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator

Heidi Seals joined El Paso County in 2021 as the Bear Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis in Frontier History and a Minor in Native American Studies from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation. Heidi joins the El Paso County team from Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Raptor Refuge outside of Omaha, where she most recently served as the Outreach and Public Programs Manager. Prior to working in programming, she served as a Naturalist Educator and as Visitor Services Coordinator. (719) 520-6972 HeidiSeals@elpasoco.com

Jessica Miller, Fountain Creek Nature Center Supervisor

Jessica Miller joined El Paso County in 2019 as the Fountain Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator and stepped into the Nature Center Supervisor role in 2021. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Augusta University in Georgia and is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. Prior to working with El Paso County, Jessica worked as the Head Naturalist and Recreation Director for Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort in South Carolina and was a counselor for Columbia County Community Connections in Georgia. She also has interpretive experience through internships at Big Cat Rescue in Florida and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.719-520-6767, jessicamiller@elpasoco.com.

Andy Talley, Fountain Creek Nature Center Interpreter

Andy Talley is a recent transplant to Colorado Springs from Illinois, where his career in education has included the role of high school science teacher and positions at The Chicago Academy of Sciences, The Forest Preserve District of Will County, and the McHenry County Conservation District where Andy served as the Education Program Coordinator for 20+ years. In June of 2019, Andy “retired” from his career in Illinois and accepted a summer seasonal position at Bear Creek Nature Center. He has now moved up to Nature Center Interpreter at Fountain Creek Nature Center and hopes to continue his new career with El Paso County.
Andytalley@elpasoco.com, 719-520-6745