Date(s) - 09/04/2021 - 09/25/2021
***All programs require pre-registration. In light of COVID-19, programs are subject to cancellation. Please call 719-520-6387 or visit communityservices.elpasoco.com for current status.***
Family Cornhole Tournament
September 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., At Fountain Creek Regional Park
Come to Fountain Creek Regional Park to try your hand at Cornhole. This tournament is a family focused event and is good for all ages. Bring the family and a picnic to enjoy the day at the park. All proceeds will go to Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers, a 501-c-3 organization. For more information call 719-520-6977.
- Youth Division: 12 years old and under: $10 per team
- Teen Division: age 13 to 16 years old: $15 per team
- Adult Division: age 17 to 117 years old: $20 per team
($5 discount for Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers, and Military Families and Veterans with ID)
Nature Explorers – Migratory Story
Wednesday, September 8, 10–11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.
Discover the world of nature with your 4 or 5 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per person including siblings and adults.
Little Wonders – Sensory Adventures
Wednesday, September 15, 10-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, September 22, 10-11:15 a.m.
Discover the world of nature with your 2 or 3 year old. Outdoor exploration and theme-related activities. $3 per person including siblings and adults.
Saturday, September 18
Register for interactive sessions led by trained guides to earn badges for:
Arrow of Light Adventures;
Into the Woods- 9-11 a.m.
Into the Wild- 11 a.m-1 p.m.
Earth Rocks! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
$4 per badge per scout. Limited space and limited group sizes. Prepaid registration required.
Mindfulness Photography Workshop
Saturday, September 18, 3–5 p.m.
Practice slowing down and bringing awareness to the present moment to enhance your nature photography skills with photographer Mike Pach and Forest Therapy Guide Summer Lajoie. $30 per person. Prepaid registration required.
Pikes Peak Mycological Society Presents: Harnessing the Power of Mushrooms
Wednesday, September 22, 6 p.m.
Jim Alderink, Chief Product Officer of Mycotechnology will present “Leveraging Mushrooms To Improve Taste, Texture, Nutrition and Bioavailability Of The Food We Eat.” He will be handing out free samples to all who attend, as well as recipes for you to try at home. Free but space is limited. First come, first serve basis.
Sketching Autumn’s Bounty
Saturday, September 25, 9–11 a.m.
Deepen your observations through nature sketching in this guided workshop. The focus will be on fall trees, leaves and landscapes. All levels, children 8+ are welcome with an adult. $15 per person. Prepaid registration required. For supply list, visit communityservices.elpasoco.com/sketching-autumns-bounty/.
Forest Bathing Walk
Saturday, September 25, 1-3:30 p.m.
Practice mindfulness in nature with a certified Forest Therapy Guide on a gentle walk through the woods concluding with a beautiful tea ceremony. For more information on Forest Therapy please listeningpines.com. $30 per non-member/$20 per member. Prepaid registration required.
Other County Park Programs: To register for any of the following programs, please call Bear Creek Nature Center at 719-520-6387.
Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshop at Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Thursday, September 9, 9 p.m.–Friday, September 10, 7 a.m.
This guided overnight photography workshop led by Mike Pach of 3 Peaks Photography & Design will include how to photograph the Milky Way and the stars as points of light, how to photograph star trails, light painting techniques and how to post-process your images in Photoshop and Lightroom. $250 per person. Limit 6 participants.
To register, call 719-520-6387. Prepaid registration required. For detailed information visit 3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops.html.