El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and activities for September 2017 which includes: painting, photography, volunteer training, and a bird count.
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
Fairy House & Gnome Home Party
Saturday, September 2, 10:00 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/member, $5/nonmember.
Nature Adventures: Crazy Cattails
Thursday, September 7, 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. Reservations required 520-6745, limit 24 participants.
Fall Bird Count
Saturday, September 9, 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park. $5/person donation suggested.
Twos & Threes Outdoors: Busy Beavers
Thursday, September 14, 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.
Saturday, September 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m. & 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Discover the magical mystery of the monarch migration to Mexico. See an indoor presentation, make a craft, search for caterpillars and adults to tag and release for research. $4/member, $5/nonmember.
Volunteer Environmental Education Leader Training
Tuesday, Wednesday, September 19 & 20, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Train to become a volunteer Environmental Education leader for school field trip programs at Fountain Creek Nature Center. After your application & interview process, learn our unique techniques and programs for connecting students to the wetlands and surrounding ecosystems. You’re sure to make a positive impact on the students! Contact Paula at 719-520-6745 or email@example.com.
A Sonic Listening Walk
Saturday, September 23, 9 – 10:30 a.m. & 1 – 2:30PM
Explore the relationship between nature, poetry, music and sound on a playful Sonic Listening Walk with UCCS students and faculty. Experience the landscape through all your senses while deepening your love for the environment during in this communal event for all ages. FREE to the first 20 participants!
Creek Week Kickoff
Saturday, September 30, 8:30 a.m.
Kickoff this clean up week at Fountain Creek Nature Center! Bring your scout, school, and church groups to meet “Stan the Can” and clean up our waterways. Select any date, time and location during this week to volunteer for a clean-up, or participate in one of numerous public events happening in El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties. Register at www.fountaincreekweek.com.
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Sustainability Series: Vermicomposting-Look who’s coming to dinner!
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Worms make the best compost. Worms feed soil which feeds people! Soil is “everywhere a mouth.” Come learn the basics of composting for your Colorado gardens. Becky, of Pikes Peak Permaculture, will bring her worms and you can bring your questions! Preregistration required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. All ages welcome.
Interpretive Volunteer Training
Wednesday & Thursday, September 12 & 13, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Four-part training that begins at Bear Creek Nature Center on September 12 & 13 and continues on September 19 and 20 at Fountain Creek Nature Center. This class prepares you to be an Environmental Education Program leader for school field trips and nature center events. Become part of a long-standing legacy of quality interpretive programming! Free. Preregistration required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Adults only.
Active Adults Series: Outdoor Landscape Painting Workshop
September 19, 20, 21 (Rain date September 22), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Howell Poucher, artist and life-long teacher extraordinaire, known for his vivid portrayals of nature and wildlife in acrylics, will cover techniques of acrylic landscape painting in this 3-dayworkshop. Bring lunch and a drink each day. Prepaid registration required. $50 per day or $140 for all 3 days. All ages welcome.
Nature Explorers: Mule or Whitetail?
Thursday, September 21, 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. Pre-registration highly recommended.
Little Wonders: Oh, Deer!
Thursday, September 28, 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. Pre-registration highly recommended.
Bear Creek Friends Groups Open House at Bear Creek Nature Center
Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Do you love Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center? If so, come mingle with the different Friends Groups that support this jewel of El Paso County and find out how you can become involved. Light refreshments provided. FREE! For more information, contact Dana Nordstrom at 719-520-6983.
Active Adults Series: Photography Workshop at Fountain Creek
Friday, September 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Fountain Creek Regional Park is a great place to experience fall in Colorado with its tall cottonwood trees and grasses. Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, will guide you on an evening photography workshop that will end at sunset. Moderate amount of hiking involved. Bring camera with variety of lenses, and a tripod/monopod. All skill levels welcome. Limited registration. Prepaid registration required. $20 per person. Adults only.
Bear Creek Nature Center Tree Walk
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Join some fellow nature lovers and learn about trees that thrive in Colorado Springs. During a 1 mile hike along Nature Center trails we will learn to identify some common native trees and learn about their adaptations. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember. Prepaid reservations required. All ages welcome.