front entrance of Bear Creek Nature Center and front of building facade

Theater Along the Trail: A Bear Creek Living History

Saturday, January 6

1:00-2:00; 1:15-2:15; 1:30-2:30, 1:45-2:245

Be entertained and educated about Bear Creek Canyon as our actors give first person accounts, including a Signal Service operator, a County Poor Farm matron, and an owner of a rooming house in Cripple Creek, along our beautiful winter trails!

Prepaid registration required.

Recommended ages 8+. $8 per person // $6 per member.

Puppet Theater

Saturday, January 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Join us for the second season of “As the Bear Creek Flows”’– all about birds! Our puppet pals will teach you about the birds near Bear Creek. Craft and activity included.

Suggested $2 per person or $5 per family donation.

Nature Explorers- Coats of a Different Color

Wednesday, January 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 4- or 5-year-old. Do animals always wear the same coat? Come and find out!

Prepaid registration required

$3/person including siblings and adults

Some Flew Away, But Hooo Stayed?

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Let’s discuss which birds call Bear Creek home during the winter months, hike to search for them, and make a bird treat to attract birds to your yard.

$5 person // $4 member. Pre-registration required.

January Forest Bathing

Saturday, January 20, 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:

Prepaid registration required.

$30 per person/$20 per member

Active Adults: Full Moon Hike at Santa Fe Open Space

Tuesday, January 23, 5:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Open Space in Palmer Lake is one of El Paso County’s newest Open Spaces. Meet at the Palmer Lake Recreation Area and take a stroll to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful area under January’s full “Wolf Moon”. Hike is approximately three miles total, some uphill and downhill and icy sections! Dress for the weather. Traction devices HIGHLY recommended!

$5 per person // $4 per member. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders- A Bug’s Life in Winter

Wednesday, January 24, 10:00-11:15 a.m. and 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Discover the world of nature with your 2- or 3-year-old. Learn about how bugs survive the winter!

Prepaid registration required

$3/person including siblings and adults

January Make and Take with Bricks & Minifigs

Saturday, January 27

10:00-11:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Build a bear with Lego! Each registration will receive a kit with all the pieces and instructions required to build a Lego bear. After building, join a short hike to look for signs of wildlife in winter.

Prepaid registration required. $20/kit.