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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 |

Sustainability Series- CSU Extension Pickling

Friday, September 1, 11:00 a.m.

Join CSU Extension staff to learn how to pickle vegetables, fruit, and summer relish. You will learn tested and researched based techniques to safely pickle. Covers water-bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation. This is a hands-on workshop where you will water bath can a jar of pickled green beans to take home with you! Recommended ages 12+.

Prepaid registration required. $10 per person.

September Forest Bathing

Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9, 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

Kids Night Out- Marvelous Moths

Friday, September 8, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Caregivers, drop off your child (ages 7-12) for an evening of exploration, fun activities, and night hiking as we learn all about moths. Dinner is included.

Prepaid registration required. $25 per person/$20 per member

Moths’ Night Out with the Mile High Bug Club

Friday, September 8, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Experts from the Mile High Bug Club will be onsite with their specialty blacklight setups for a relaxing, sit-and-wait event. Enjoy an enchanting evening while learning fascinating facts about moths, the importance of their role in our ecosystem, and witness the captivating beauty of moths, beetles, and other insects that are attracted to sheet lighting after dark. You’ll be amazed by the diversity of nocturnal life that reveals itself. Please dress comfortably and consider bringing a flashlight.

$3 per person

Adult Day Camp- Arthropods

Saturday, September 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

If bugs make you go “ewww!” come learn about all the amazing things to love about bugs and turn that “ew” into “ooh!” If you already love bugs, learn even more about the amazing little critters that inhabit the shrublands, meadows, and creek at Bear Creek. Be a camper for a day and enjoy camp songs, games, and lots of hikes in an adult learning environment. Bring water shoes for creek time and a lunch.

Prepaid registration required. $30 per person/$25 per member

Nature’s Classroom- Bear Creek Rocks!

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Homeschooling families, join Bear Creek Naturalists for a field trip to learn about the magnitude of geologic forces at work in and around Colorado Springs. Geared towards grades 5-8.

$4 per person. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders- Under a Log

Wednesday, September 20, 9:00-10:15 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

Streams & Storms

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ever wonder what happens to a stream during a rainstorm? Join us to learn how rainfall affects stream current, sediment, and riparian buffers in an interactive, hands-on approach. Experience a healthy stream in real time. Ages 12 and up.

Prepaid registration required. $3 per person

Nature Explorers- Happy Hummingbirds

Wednesday, September 27, 9:00-10:30 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

Lego Habitats

Saturday, September 30, 9:00-10:30 ~ 11:00-12:30 ~ 1:00-2:30

Let your imagination run wild! Build Lego habitats at Bear Creek Nature Center with the Bricks and Minifigs team. Learn about Lego’s commitment to sustainable practices, reduce your footprint by reusing Legos, and enjoy time building with your family and friends. Self-built habitats may be purchased for $5 each. Prepaid registration required for a session.

$7/person. Custom Bear Creek Nature Center minifig included in registration