Rainbow Falls Clean-Up Day
Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Join the Manitou Environmental Citizens Action organization for a clean-up of this El Paso County recreation area. Bring gloves and boots. (Free. Meet at 1360 Serpentine Drive in Manitou Springs. For more information call 520-6387)
Honey Harvest Demonstration
Saturday, September 8, Ongoing from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Honeybees make honey, pollinate plants, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the animal world. Watch beekeepers extract honey from the comb, enjoy a sample, discover the A Bee C’s of bee biology, create a “bee-utiful” craft, and buy local honey. ($4.00/member, $5.00/nonmember, Reservations are not required for this event; for more information call 520-6387)
Interpretive Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, September 8, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Interpretive volunteers play a key role in providing visitor services at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers. Come to this orientation at Fountain Creek Nature Center to learn more about volunteer opportunities and see if the nature centers are the right fit for your volunteer time. Volunteers must be 18 or older and complete an application. Call Paula at 520-6387 for an application. (Reservations required)
Interpretive Volunteer Program Leader Training
Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25, & October 2, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers
Enjoy the look of excitement and innocence in children’s faces as you help them experience the fascinating outdoor world. Learn all about being a volunteer environmental education program leader at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers during these four training sessions. Volunteering also offers opportunities to meet new friends and help people enjoy their parks and nature centers while pursuing your own interests in our natural, cultural and outdoor recreation resources. (Reservations required, contact Paula by September 8 at 520-6387)
Water Stewardship Day
Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join others in your community who care about one of our precious natural resources – water. Volunteers will beautify and offer tender loving care to the native water-wise gardens as well as clean Bear Creek. After work we’ll enjoy a hotdog lunch. (Free,
Reservations required, 520-6387)
Bear Creek Nature Explorers – Busy Bees
Thursday, September 20, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on nature activities, puppet shows or story, crafts, and a hike. ($4.00 per person including adults and siblings, Reservations required, 520-6387)
Great Parks Festival at Bear Creek Regional Park
Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate our outstanding parks, trails, and the variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, community education and volunteerism. Co-sponsored by El Paso County and the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Free, call 520-6387 for more information.
Bear Creek Little Wonders – Nuts About Squirrels
Thursday, September 27, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. ($3.00 per person including adults and siblings, Reservations required, 520-6387)
Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, September 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Children with parents, grandparents or mentors are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear for a hiking adventure in Bear Creek Park. After the hike we’ll enjoy a picnic, favorite story, and a teddy bear parade. ($3.00/member, $4.00/nonmember, Reservations required, 520-6387)
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906