El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and activities for June 2019 which includes: wolves, hikes, turtles, worms and a storytime.

Fountain Creek Nature Center

320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817

719-520-6745, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com

Fountain Creek Nature Center at Get Outdoors Day at Memorial Park

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join the El Paso County Nature Centers at this interactive event where the entire family can fish, aim, bike, climb, cycle, eat, garden, jump, and paddle for FREE at Memorial Park! Info at www.ppora.org.

Nature Adventures: Terrific Turtles

Thursday, June 6, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Children ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy puppet shows or stories, crafts, hands-on activities, and discovery time on the trail. $3/person including siblings and adults.

Storytime with Pikes Peak Library District

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Hear special wildlife stories, and then enjoy the trails on your own. Geared towards a pre-school audience. Free.

Pikes Peak Library Bookmobile at Fountain Creek Nature Center

June 13 & 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Read, read, read! The bookmobile will be at Fountain Creek Nature Center for you to explore books and check them out to take home!

Two’s & Three’s Outdoors: Wiggly Worms

Thursday, June 20, 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story, and a short hike.

Bears & Mountain Lions, Oh My!

Saturday, June 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

Using skins and skulls, learn the biology and behavior of these predators and learn how to react if a chance encounter occurs. Hike following. Ages 7+. $3/member, $4/nonmember. Prepaid registration required. Limit 30.

Annual Firefly Celebration & Night Hike

Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these rare wonders in the park. $4/member, $5/non-member.

Bear Creek Nature Center

245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

719-520-6387, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com

National Trails Day Hike

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate National Trails Day with us! Enjoy the beautiful trails of Bear Creek Nature Center and learn about some plants and animals that live here. Free. Limited space. Preregistration required.

Preserving Fruit: Jam Making Class

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to make and preserve flavorful frozen fruit such as blueberries. Feel confident and proud to give your homemade fruit jam to friends and family! Covers water bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation. Ages 16+. $10 per person, limited space. Preregistration required.

Pikes Peak Library District & Bear Creek Nature Center Story Time – Metamorphosis

Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Join Pikes Peak Library District and Bear Creek Nature Center staff for a story time, craft, and walk or activity focusing on metamorphosis. Free!

Nature Explorers: Whose Scat is That?

Thursday, June 13, 9:00 am – 10:30 am & 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

$3 per person including siblings & adults. Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. Accompanying siblings under 2 free.

Little Wonders: Birds & Nests

Friday, June 14, 9:00 am – 10:15 am & 1:00 pm -2:15 pm

$3 per person including siblings & adults. 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.

Women in the Outdoors Self-Defense Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Beginner level introduction to self-defense training. We will expose you to effective concepts of self-defense so you have a better understanding of how to avoid being a victim. $15 per person. Prepaid registration required. Don’t have childcare? Sign up your child (ages 5-11) for the Kids’ Exploratory Morning at the same time!

Kids’ Exploratory Morning at Bear Creek

Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Drop your children (ages 5-11) off for hiking, games and outdoor fun! Light snack provided.

$10 per child/ $8 per member child.

Prepaid registration required.

Pikes Peak Mycological Society Program: Hyperfocused Distractions with Mycophilia, Mycophobia and Ethnomycology

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Greg Sanchez, of the Colorado Mycological Society will discuss the social and cultural attitudes and perspectives humans have with mushrooms. Free!

The Wolf: An Animal to be Respected, not Feared

Saturday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and meet a live wolfdog. Learn about wolves, how to live safely with wildlife, and how to understand the important role we humans have in the survival of wolf populations.

$5 per person/ $4 per member