Image of Visit COS Award with Bear Creek Nature Center in the background

October 19, 2021 – Visit Colorado Springs awarded El Paso County Nature Centers the Superhero Team Award during their annual Tourism Awards Celebration held October 14, 2021 at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs.

The Visit Colorado Springs Superhero Team Award recognizes an organization or business that went above and beyond in 2020 and 2021 to address the needs of the community during a time of great distress and uncertainty.

“The VCOS Tourism Awards celebrate a year of hard work in our local tourism community,” said Kim Griffis, Director of Partnership Development at Visit Colorado Springs. “It’s always an honor to recognize those who go above and beyond at our annual Tourism Awards Celebration. During a time when it was difficult to get out and adventure, El Paso County Nature Centers found creative ways to encourage families and visitors alike to continue exploring and learning.”

Since1976, Bear Creek Nature Center and Fountain Creek Nature Center have persevered through fires, floods, budget cuts, and more, but none of those compared to the pandemic. During this challenging time, staff and volunteers at the nature centers worked on building bridges to connect people to nature, often when no other activity was available due to the quarantine. This team rose to the occasion by providing numerous innovative programs to connect people to nature, both virtually and in person.

“We are honored that our amazing team was recognized and received the Superhero Team award,” said Theresa Odello, El Paso County Parks & Recreation Division Manager. “The staff and volunteers at El Paso County Nature Centers are proud to serve and help connect the community to their natural and cultural resources.”

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