El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and activities for February 2020 which includes: rabbits, raccoons, birds, a scavenger hunts, and STEM & Snow.

Fountain Creek Nature Center

320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817

719-520-6745, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com

Nature Adventures: Rascally Rabbits

Thursday, February 6, 10 a.m. – 11:30 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 registration required.

2s & 3s Outdoors: Rambunctious Raccoons

Thursday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 11:15 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 registration required.

Jr. Bird Club

Saturday, February 1, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Nature lovers ages 8 to 17 can join us for our 3rd meeting in the series to enhance their bird knowledge and ID skills. Tyler Stuart of the Aiken Audubon Society will help our Jr. Birders learn different birds by their songs and calls. We’ll make a craft, as well!

Program is $5 per meeting. Prepaid registration required.

Valentine’s is for the Birds

Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us on a bird hike for beginners of all ages, then show your love for our feathered friends by making a bird seed ornament to take home. $5 per member, $6 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Trolls in the Woods STEM Competition

Saturday, February 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The trolls are coming… with your help! Join us to build the troll of your imagination with the dead, downed, and brown tree limbs on the forest floor of fountain Creek Nature Center’s Magic Woods. Teams of families or friends (5 or less per team) may bring rope, twine, or string to construct your troll. No Power tools! A tour of the giants will take place at noon. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. $10 per team. Prepaid registration required.

Bear Creek Nature Center

245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

719-520-6387, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com

A Valentine’s Evening in Nature

Friday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a date with the natural world this Valentine’s Day! Take a moonlit stroll, make a keepsake to take home, and top the evening off with hot chocolate and s’mores! $5 per member, $6 per nonmember. Prepaid registration required.

Aiken Audubon Monthly Program: Topic TBD

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.

Free monthly Aiken Audubon meeting and educational program. Free and open to the public. Social & refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Nature Explorers: Winter Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.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.

STEM & Snow at Bear Creek Nature Center

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Your kids can join us for a STEM-filled Saturday at Bear Creek! This day will revolve around snow, ice, and everything FUN about winter. From the animal engineers who are experts at staying warm to the science behind snow, we will have an active winter day of exploration and discovery. Lunch provided. Dress for the weather. $15 per member child, $20 per nonmember child. Prepaid registration required.

Little Wonders: Ways Animals Sleep

Wednesday, February 26, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 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 per person including siblings & adults. Prepaid registration required.

Sustainability Series: Back to Nature with Essential Oils

Saturday, February 29, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join certified aromatherapist Debbi Alberto to explore recipes, safety with essential oils, how-to’s, plus do two DIY take-home projects to help you understand how essential oils will be one of your primary go-to’s for sustainable health. We will discuss how to use essential oils and aromatherapy for simple first aid, stress management, pest control and cleaning. $15 per person. Prepaid registration required.