All programs require pre-registration. To register, visit www.elpasocountynaturecenters.com or call 719-520-6387. In light of Covid19, programs are subject to cancellation. Please call nature center or check website for current status.
CONTACT: Mary Jo Lewis, Nature Center Supervisor
Bear Creek Nature Center; 245 Bear Creek Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
ONLINE REGISTRATION: www.elpasocountynaturecenters.com
Pikes Peak Beekeeping School
Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 8:30 – 3:45 p.m.
This two-day seminar covers all aspects of beekeeping in the Pikes Peak region: how to acquire bees, equipment, bee biology and management through the seasons. All lectures are presented by local beekeepers with years of collective knowledge. Book ‘First Lessons in Beekeeping’ included.
$65 per person
Register via Eventbrite at:
April Forest Bathing Walks
Saturdays, April 2 & 30, 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
Dark Sky Workshop and Hike
Thursday, April 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Doug Barrett, the Southeast CO Coordinator for the International Dark Sky Association, will lead a discussion about the impacts of light pollution on birds and other wildlife and how we can help reduce light pollution. Followed by a short night hike led by nature center staff. $5 per person/$4 per member
Sustainability Series: Egg Dyeing with Natural Dyes
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
We will use the bounty of nature’s color to dye eggs with plant materials. Dye and design your own take-home eggs and gain the knowledge to continue creating at home. All materials included. $10 per person/$8 per member. Prepaid registration required.
Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 16
9-10 a.m. • 11 -12 p.m. • 1-2 p.m. • 3-4 p.m.
Join the Bunny Guide to search for eggs along the trail and exchange your finds for a chocolate bunny! Fun and educational. Ages 2+ $6 per person/$5 per member. Prepaid registration required.
Earth Day Story on the Trail
and Upcycled Craft
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk meets story time during a self-guided children’s story while walking along a trail. Stop in the nature center afterwards for a take-home craft made with upcycled materials. FREE. Donations appreciated.
Nature’s Classroom: Colorado Wildlife Detectives
Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
With more families schooling from home this year than ever before, this is a great chance to bring your student in to have a hands on and engaging environmental experience in nature! Students play detective in a “who-dunnit?” scenario, and hone their detective skills on a hike through different habitats, searching for signs of
life and learning about food webs. Geared towards grades 3-5. Children grades 3+ can be dropped off. Prepaid registration required. $4 per person.
Great American Cleanup
Saturday, April 30, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join the community in this effort to complete cleanup projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways.
To volunteer, please visit www.gacppp.com
Other El Paso County Parks’ Programs
Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshop at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Friday, April 1, 9:00 p.m.- Saturday, April 2, 7:00 a.m.
This guided overnight photography workshop led by Mike Pach of 3 Peaks Photography & Design will include how to photograph the Milky Way and the stars as points of light, how to photograph star trails, light painting techniques, how to
post-process your images in Photoshop and Lightroom. Limit 6 participants.
Prepaid registration required. $300 per person. To register, call 719-520-6387
Nighttime Eggstravaganza at Fox Run Regional Park
Friday, April 15, 7:30 • 8:00 • 8:30 p.m.
Egg hunts aren’t just for young children! Join us for a glow in the dark egg hunt at Fox Run Regional Park. Work with your team of 2-6 people to find eggs that will contain the
answers you need to win a prize! Recommended ages 8+. Prepaid registration required for specific start time. $5 per person/ $4 per member