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

Please note- To accommodate nature camp scheduling, Bear Creek Nature Center will be closed to the public June 7-11, June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 12-16 and July 26-30. We will be open on Saturdays during these weeks.

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

Please note- To accommodate nature camp scheduling, Fountain Creek Nature Center will be closed to the public June 7-11, June 28-July 2, July 19-23 and August 2-6. We will be open on Saturdays during these weeks.

Nature Center Staff

Todd Marts

Todd Marts, Recreation / Cultural Services Manager

Todd Marts joined El Paso County Parks in 1994. He served as an interpretive specialist, Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor, and as the manager of the Recreation & Cultural Services since 2007. Prior to El Paso County, Todd was the lead river ranger on the Upper Missouri Wild & Scenic River and a park ranger with the National Park Service. Mr. Marts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Park Management, Masters in Organizational Leadership, and is a certified Park & Recreation Professional. 719-520-6399, toddmarts@elpasoco.com.

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.

Molly Hamant, Bear Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator

Molly Hamant joined El Paso County in 2020 as the Bear Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Maryville College in Maryville, TN where she also completed an independent thesis project with Eastern Box Turtles. Molly joins the El Paso County team from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden where she worked seasonally with their summer camp programs before completing a term of service with AmeriCorps in Public Programs. 719-520-6972, mollyhamant@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 though 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