El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and programs for May 2017 which includes: Birding and Nature Festival, family day, women’s retreat, volunteer orientation and photography workshop.
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
Nature Adventures: Owl-ology
Thursday, May 4, 9:00 – 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. Reservations required 520-6745, limit 24 participants.
Fountain Creek Family Fun Day Festival
Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Explore over 20 outdoor activity stations including puppet shows, dinosaur fossils, bug sweeps, kite making, fly casting demos and more. Free slice of pizza for all participants. $5 per member, $6 per non-member. FREE to active duty military families with I.D. No reservations required.
Twos & Threes Outdoors: Water Wizards
Thursday, May 11, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Share the joy of your 2 or 3 year-old child’s discovery as he or she enjoys a story and an exploration hike outdoors. $3 per person including adults & siblings. Reservations required 520-6745.
Spring Bird Count
Saturday, May 13, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Beginning to advanced birders count and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during the height of spring migration. $5 per participant.
Third Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 19-21
Discover new birds when you register for the local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Choose from over 30 field trips and activities. Register at www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org .
Women’s Nature Retreat
Saturday, May 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Finally a local nature retreat for women! Indulge in a day for yourself savoring easy hikes, luscious landscapes, yoga, massage, mindfulness, and art. Lunch included. Prepaid reservations required 520-6745, limit 24 participants. $50 per member, $55 per non-member.
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Kids Quarterly: Water & Fire Kid’s Night Out
Friday, May 12, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Drop your kids off at Bear Creek for an evening of hiking, nature exploring and adventuring. Grades 1-5. Dinner provided! $15 member child, $20 nonmember child.
Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Attend this orientation to learn more about becoming a volunteer. Applicants must be 18 or older. Contact Paula at 520-6387 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and to register.
Active Adults Series: Spring Birding Photography Workshop at Fountain Creek
Saturday, May 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Spring is a wonderful time to view birds. Join award-winning Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, as he helps you capture photos of spring migrants. Mike owns 3 Peaks Photography & Design, is the founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group, and hosts The Photo Show on KCMJ 93.9 PM. All skill levels welcome. Bring your camera and tripod (optional). We will meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Limit 15 participants. Cost $20 per person. Pre-registration and payment required 1 week prior to program. Adults only.
Bear Creek Spring Bird Count
Sunday, May 21, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Birding enthusiasts are invited to take part in this Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival activity counting species and populations in Bear Creek Park. Registration & payment includes access to a variety of Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival field trips and activities! Ages 12 and above. Register at www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org. All ages welcome!
Nature Explorers: Cougars & Coyotes
Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. $3 per person including siblings and adults.
Little Wonders: The Wide Mouthed Frog
Thursday, May 25, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Discover the world of nature with your 2-3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per person including siblings and adults.