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

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.

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 and a Graduate-level Teaching Certification from Rider University. 719-520-6388, maryjolewis@elpasoco.com.

Maria Petkash

Maria Petkash, Bear Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator

Maria Petkash joined El Paso County Parks in 2014 as Bear Creek’s Interpretive Coordinator. She has earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and B.S. in Forestry Management from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She has previously worked with the National Park Service, Jefferson County Open Space, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and worked briefly in Washington State for the Cascades Carnivore Project. Her experience with children began with volunteer work in high school and has since extended to summer nature camps and volunteer interpretive work with Rocky Mountain National Park. 719-520-6972, mariapetkash@elpasoco.com.

Nancy Bernard

Nancy Stone Bernard, Fountain Creek Nature Center Supervisor

Nancy Stone Bernard joined El Paso County Parks in October, 2006 as an Interpretive Specialist and became Supervisor of Fountain Creek Nature Center in 2010. She was named Employee of the Year in 2011. A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Recreation, Bernard holds certifications from the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer, and Kamana One training from Wilderness Awareness School. Bernard spent three decades in the field of interpretation as a historical interpreter at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum before joining El Paso County. 719-520-6765, nancybernard@elpasoco.com.

Fountain Creek Nature Center Interpretive Program Coordinator