El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and activities for October 2019 which includes: Creek Week Cleanup, owls, Harvest Festival, pumpkin carving, and a Jack-O-Lantern trail.

Fountain Creek Nature Center

320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817

719-520-6745, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com

Fountain Creek Nature Adventures: Outstanding Owls

October 3, 9-10:30 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 per person including siblings and adults. Prepaid reservations required.

2’s & 3’s Outdoors: Leaf Me Alone!

October 10, 9-10:15 a.m.

Explore nature with your 2 or 3 year-old through interactive activities, a story, and a short hike. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Prepaid reservations required.

Homeschool Fridays: World of Water

Friday, October 11, 2-4:00 p.m.

Students participate in demonstrations that show how people consume resources. Students will pollute and clean up water. Fun and messy! Geared towards grades 1st-5th. $4 per person, 15 participants minimum; participants can join with other homeschool groups. Prepayment required.

Girl Scout Event

Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can register for fun sessions to meet badge requirements for these badges:

9:00-11:00 Daisies-Buddy Camper

9:00-11:00 Brownies-Cabin Camper

1:00-3:00 Brownies-Outdoor Adventurer

1:00-3:00 Juniors-Eco Treker

$5 per badge activity. Limit of 25 per session. Prepaid reservations required.

Jr. Bird Club – New!

Begins Saturday, October 19, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Club meets bi-monthly October-August. Children ages 8-15 will connect with the practice of birding, increase love for nature, and a desire to care for the environment. October will cover birding basics and a craft. Bring binoculars. $25/youth for 6 club meetings. Prepaid registration required.

Pumpkin Carving Party

Saturday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

Carve pumpkins to leave to create the lighted trail for the Jack-o-Lantern event. Pre-scooped pumpkins, patterns and carving tools provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail event (separate fee). Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. $5 per pumpkin. Prepaid reservations required. Sponsored by Milberger Farms, Pueblo.

Jack-o-Lantern Trail

Saturday, October 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the lighted Jack-o-Lanterns along the trail, make a craft, and roast a marshmallow. Costumes encouraged. Carved pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo. $4/member, $5/nonmember.

Bear Creek Nature Center

245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

719-520-6387, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com

Creek Week Cleanup at Bear Creek Nature Center

October 5, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Creek Week cleanup aims to bring Fountain Creek Watershed communities together to foster the health of our local waterways for citizens and wildlife alike. Help us clean up Bear Creek as part of this effort! Free. Preregistration required.

Fall Harvest Festival at Gold Hill Mesa to Benefit Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us at Gold Hill Mesa’s Community Center for live music, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, face painters, vendors, food trucks, and pumpkins. Great fun for all ages. FREE to attend!

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: TBD

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Call 719-520-6387 for topic. Social and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Kids’ Morning at Bear Creek: Becoming Invisible

Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Drop your child (ages 6-11) off at Bear Creek Nature Center for a morning of “Becoming Invisible.” Through games, activities, crafts and discussion, participants will learn about the ways that animals use camouflage. Prepaid registration required. $15 per member child/$20 per nonmember child. Lunch included.

Nature Explorers: Migrators in Motion

Wednesday, October 23, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

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. $3 per person including siblings & adults. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Search for Seeds

Wednesday, October 30, 9-10:15 a.m. & 1-2:15 p.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 per person including siblings & adults. Prepaid registration required.