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El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and activities for October 2018 which includes: ducks, gnomes, Webelos Scouts, Harvest Festival, pumpkin carving and annual Jack-O-Lantern trail.

Fountain Creek Nature Center

320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817


Nature Adventures: Sensational Seeds

Thursday, Oct. 4, 9-10:30 a.m.

Children ages 3-6, with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts and a hike. $3 per person including adults & siblings. Prepaid reservations required. Limit 20 participants.

2s and 3s Outdoors: Dawdling Ducks

Thursday, Oct. 11, 9-10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story, and a short hike. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Limit 20 participants.

Fairy House & Gnome Home Party

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Drop in between 10:00 and noon to visit the forest fairies and gnomes, make a craft, build a fairy house or gnome home in the woods, and hear a fairy story with Mother Nature. Dress in your favorite fairy or gnome costume! $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Nature Journaling

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This is the time for you to unleash your creativity and experiment with different methods to discover your own style of nature journaling. Join us in a discussion on what it means to keep a nature journal then make a few entries in your journal while hiking through the park. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember.

A Sonic Listening Walk

Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Explore the relationship between nature, poetry, music, and sound with UCCS art students and faculty. Experience the landscape through all your senses while deepening your love for the environment during this communal event for all ages. Free!

Pumpkin Carving Party

Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Carve a pumpkin to leave at the nature center to help line the nature trail for the evening Jack-o-Lantern event. Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns, and carving tools provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail. Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. $5/pumpkin. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the nature trail, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and other fun along the trail. Wear a costume. If you carved a pumpkin for the trail, you may retrieve it after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember.

Bear Creek Nature Center

245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Webelos Scout Day

Saturday, October 6

Register for interactive sessions led by

trained guides to earn badges for:

Arrow of Light Adventures

Into the Woods- 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Into the Wild- 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Earth Rocks! 1:30-3:30 p.m.

$4 per badge per scout. Limited space. Prepaid registration required.

Fall Harvest Festival at Gold Hill Mesa to benefit Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Gold Hill Mesa for live music from Rocky Mountain Americana Band & Thunder and Rain, food vendors, face painting, pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, children’s crafts, games and more. Great fun for all ages. Free to attend. Portion of vendor proceeds to benefit Bear Creek Nature Center/ Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the

public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Nature Explorers: Go, Go Gophers!

Wed., Oct. 17, 9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.

Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Accompanying siblings under 2 free. $3 per person including siblings & adults

Nocturnal Nature Live Animal Presentation and Evening Hike

October 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Nature’s Educators will begin the evening with a live animal presentation, including an

owl, snake, and other creatures that “go bump in the night.” Then we will hike the trails of

Bear Creek to look and listen for nocturnal happenings. Ages 4+.

$6 per member/ $7 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: 8 Legs are Great!

Wed., Oct. 24, 9-10:15 a.m. & 1-2:15 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. $3 per person including siblings & adults