News January 23, 2019

News January 23, 2019
Ribbon Cutting for Foothills and Gateway Trails
Mon. Jan 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Rock Ledge Ranch at Garden of the Gods: 3105 Gateway Rd
Check out the new Foothills and Gateway Trails at Garden of the Gods! The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate all the hard work that went into the new drainage system and pedestrian bridge over Camp Creek.
Community Meeting
Thur. Jan 31, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Black Forest Fire and Rescue Station 1: 11445 Teachourt Road
The public is invited to a community meeting to share their input and learn about the exciting plans for a potential northern El Paso County Nature Center.
County Parks Rule Changes
El Paso County Parks is exploring several changes to parks rules and regulations, including limiting the hours of operation and requiring dogs to be on a leash outside of designated dog parks. County Parks is accepting public comments on these proposed changes through February 4.
PikeRider Party
Fri. Jan 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join PikeRide in celebrating its six-month anniversary. Come race PikeRide bikes on the inside loop at Olympic Training Center Velodrome! Also check out the track racing clinic, food trucks, and beverages.
Karma Night
Tues. Jan 29, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Bristol Brewing Company
1604 S Cascade Ave
Cheers to Bristol Pub for supporting our parks, trails and open spaces! Bristol will be donating $1 for each pint sold to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. So come in, buy a pint, and and learn about the good work that’s being done in our community.
Doing good never tasted better!
Winter Bike to Work Day
Fri. Feb 8, 7:00 – 9:00 am
Join us in celebrating those who ride all year round with Winter Bike to Work Day! Visit Kids on Bikes at the PopCycle Bridge–Beacon St. and Van Buren–or visit Bike Colorado Springs and the Trails and Open Space Coalition at the Sustainacenter: 702 E. Boulder St, to get some breakfast on the way into work.
Click here to sign up. Check out and share our Facebook Event.
Volunteer Projects
El Paso County Nature Centers Volunteer Orientation
Sat. Jan 26, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Attend this orientation session to learn more about becoming a volunteer with El Paso County Nature Centers – an engaging and rewarding experience! Applicants must be 18 or older. Link to Volunteer Application.
Contact Paula at 719-520-6387 or for more information.
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. Feb 7, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
PikeRide Office
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Join PikeRide for the monthly Shooks Run trail clean-up on PikeRide bikes! Please be sure to register so we have enough bikes on hand for everyone. You will be amazed by the things found.
Friends and Partner News
Bear Creek Community Garden
It’s time to start thinking about gardening! Plots are now available at The Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Park.
How Did Those Red Rocks Get There
The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is offering free movie tickets for the short film How Did Those Red Rocks Get There to furloughed federal employees and their immediate family members through February 28, 2019. To be eligible please present a valid federal I.D. badge.
Wed. Jan 23, 6:00 pm
Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N. Cascade Ave
Take part in the City Center Series featuring nationally renowned experts in urbanism, innovation, placemaking and design. The first speaker is Gabe Klein, former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C. Departments of Transportation. In this lively multimedia presentation, Klein expands on the themes of his book START-UP CITY: a manifesto on how cities can get meaningful projects done quickly by bridging the public-private divide and bringing start-up energy to the public sector.
2019 City Center Series
CPR, AED, and First Aid Training
Whether your job requires the training, you work with youth or you just want to get certified; these classes at the Bear Creek Nature Center will proved the information you need to assistance with a cardiac or breathing emergency, or basic First Aid. Upon successful completion, participants will receive certification through the American Red Cross. Must be 16 years old or older, and pre-registration is required.
CPR/AED: Jan 23, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
FIRST AID: Jan 30, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Winter Bird Festival
Sat Jan. 26, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center: 2120 S Cheyenne Canon
Gather at North Cheyenne Cañon Park for a fun family event honoring our local birds! There will be rock painting, bird walks, making pine cone bird feeders, and hot cocoa.
Night Sky Photography Lecture
Tue. Jan 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Come to the Bear Creek Nature Center for a presentation on photographing the stars and the Milky Way given by photographer Mike Pach. Discussion will include tips, techniques and recommended camera gear for capturing images of the night sky.
Activity # 104000-29
Boulder Park Open House
Wed. Feb 6, 6:30 pm
Columbia Elementary School
835 E St Vrain St
Be a part of the of the first public open house to discuss plans to renovate Boulder Park. The Park and Rec department has established a timeline to begin the process of renovating the park; including three public open houses for citizens to give input, which will culminate into a master plan!
For more information please contact
14th Annual
Bighorn Sheep Day
Sat. Feb 9th, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
1805 N 30th St
Come celebrate the 14th Annual Bighorn Sheep Day! It’s a full day of free family fun with wildlife viewing stations, educational presentations, guided nature walks, live zoo animalsand lots more.
Snowshoeing & Snow Science at Dome Rock
Sat. Feb 9, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Dome Rock State Wildlife Area
56 Rampart Cir, Florissant
Join Bear Creek staff as they lead a wintry snowshoe hike. Enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter and explore the spectacular science behind snow. Prepaid registration required.
Click here to register and search activity# 104000-30.
Wed. Feb 13, 6:30 pm
Regal Interquest Stadium 14 & RPX
1120 Interquest Pkwy
Visit Regal Interquest Stadium 14 & RPX for a special viewing of sports and fitness documentary The Bikes of Wrath. Five Australians attempt to cycle 2600kms from Oklahoma to California in honor of the westward migration undertaken by ‘The Grapes of Wrath’s’ Joad family. The Bikes of Wrath is a unique, funny and insightful documentary series filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.
Wine Tasting and Awards Reception
Sat. Feb 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Come to Bear Creek Nature Center to sample various wines, enjoy light appetizers and mingle with others who appreciate wine. The Winter Hobby Wine Competition Awards will be presented at this special event.
Prepaid registration required.
Click here to register. Activity #504300
Corral Bluffs AllianceKarma Hour
Tues. Feb 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bristol Brewing Company
1604 S Cascade Ave
Join Bristol in supporting our friends at Corral Bluffs Alliance. $1 for every pint sold will be donated to help maintain, preserve and protect Jimmy Camp Creek and Corral Bluffs Open Space. So come in, buy a pint, and support the good work that’s being done in our community.
Rainbow Falls Winter Waterfall Viewing
Sat. Feb 23, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Rainbow Falls
While the cold winter months and dwindling daylight can really put a damper on the season, a visit to see the frozen Rainbow Falls will give you a great reason to be outside on a cold day. Winter offers a striking new perspective on this area that is often crowded during the warmer months!
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