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All programs require pre-registration. Please call the nature center or check website for current status.

CONTACT: Mary Jo Lewis, Nature Center Supervisor

719-520-6388 |

Nature’s Classroom- Incredible Insects

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Puppet show, guided hike and catch/release of live insects provide opportunities to learn about life cycles and the importance of insects. Geared toward grades 1-3.

Prepaid registration required


Ute History Education Program

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Visit Bear Creek Nature Center between the hours of 10am and 1pm to investigate how the Ute Indians have used science, technology, engineering and math to survive and thrive in the Rocky Mountains. Travel along an easy trail participating in hands-on activities investigating how the Ute people have solved problems in the past and present. Use technology and art to make a take-home craft.

Recommended ages 6+. $5 per person or $20 for a family of 4 or more

May Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, May 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.

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Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$20 per member

Nature’s Classroom- Colorado Wildlife Detectives

Tuesday, May 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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/person

Nature Explorers- There’s Trout in Them Hills!

Wednesday, May 24, 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

Prepaid registration required

$3/person including siblings and adults

Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshops at the Paint Mines

Monday, May 22, 9:00 p.m. – Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 a.m.

Guided overnight photography workshops 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, call 719=520-6387

$300 per person

Little Wonders- Go Go Grasshopper

Wednesday, May 31, 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

Prepaid registration required

$3/person including siblings and adults