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Paint Mines Guided Hikes

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am, through October

Guided hikes at Paint Mines Hikes occur every other Saturday and will continue to be offered through the end of October. Hikes are led by certified interpretive guides. Preregistration is suggested to receive general information. $3 suggested donation per person. Info:

Concerts in the Park-Fountain Creek Regional Park

Tuesday, September 12 at Fountain Creek Regional Park

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs, blankets, families, and friends to enjoy an evening of some great outdoor entertainment, and another great night of music in our regional parks. The Peak Big Band will be playing from 5:30-7:30pm, at the pavilion near the Duckwood Pond. FREE and open to the public. For more information go to

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Fox Run Regional Park

Saturday, October 7th, starts at 9:00am

Come to National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Fox Run Regional Park. The event will include guided trail rides, trail etiquette handouts, riding clinics, giveaways and more. This is a terrific way to get kids outside and develop their mountain biking skills. All ages are welcome: from tots on stride bikes to teens. Riders just need a working bike and helmet to participate. For more information go to

September Lights Fest

Fox Run Regional Park

Friday, September22 2nd, 4:30-8:30pm

Bring out your friends, family, and fur-pals to decorate and launch a water lantern, participate in a light parade, roast marshmallows, drink some hot chocolate, doggy-light-costume contest, and gather with your fellow community members for a wonderful evening of beautiful lights, music, food trucks, and special moments.

Bunco Party

Fountain Creek Nature Center

Friday, October 20, 5-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a wonderful evening of excitement, laughs, and rolling dice. We will provide the dice, score cards, nacho bar, and prizes. Unlike other Bunco parties, this Bunco party is for everyone ages 13 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult but can venture on their own during game play. Pre-registration required, $8 per person. Ages 13 + only

Pumpkin Carving Party

Fountain Creek Nature

Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Carve pumpkins to leave for the lighted trail at the Jack-o-Lantern event! Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns, and carving tools provided. Return at night to see your creation in action along the trail (separate fee). Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. $5 per pumpkin.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

Fountain Creek Nature Center

Saturday, October 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the trail, make a craft, hear stories, and roast a marshmallow! Costumes are encouraged at this festive event! Carved pumpkins may be picked up by their owners starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person.

Bear Creek Nature Center’s 8th Annual Bear Run; Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser

Bear Creek Regional Park

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Bear Creek’s 8th Annual Bear Run; a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. Choice of 3k or 5k course along the trail! All new runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep! Returning runners register at a discounted rate. Come early for pre-run festivities including Bear Yoga and costume contest! Find more information and registration at

Holiday Craft Show

Fountain Creek Nature Center

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their unique creations. Enjoy the sights and smells of the season and support local community artists and the nature center through your purchases. Free to attend and shop!