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Nature programs for Morrison; Lair o’ the Bear, Mount Falcon, Bear Creek Lake Park

Sat, May 21

Flower Full Moon Hike
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

The darkness of night provides a unique backdrop for a hiking adventure. Leave those flash lights at home and come spend the evening with a park naturalists as he/she guides you along one of the many trails at Bear Creek Lake Park and the surrounding green spaces. These hikes are for the whole family and average 1-1.5 miles. The trails are on uneven terrain and last about an hour and a half. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for Colorado’s ever changing weather. No dogs please.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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May 21

Full Moon Hike Saturday, May 21 8:30–10pm Mount Falcon West Trailhead Adults Only Are your senses in the dark up to task? The nocturnal creatures of Jefferson County are up to the challenge. Test yours while enjoying this special evening hike.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (16)

 

May 21

Full Moon Hike Saturday, May 21 8:30–10pm Mount Falcon West Trailhead Adults Only Are your senses in the dark up to task? The nocturnal creatures of Jefferson County are up to the challenge. Test yours while enjoying this special evening hikehttp://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/Windy Saddle RangeTracker

May 22

History in the Park Sunday, May 22 9am–12pm Mount Falcon West Trailhead All Ages Explore the natural and cultural history of your Jefferson County Open Space parks. Drop-in program, no registration required.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen R (13)

 

May 22

Meet the Creek Campfire Thursday, May 26 6:30–8pm Lair o’ the Bear All Ages Explore the many sides of Bear Creek as you sit by the campfire and roast s’mores. Join rangers as they explain river rescue gear and techniques to keep you safe!http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (5)

Sat, Jun 4

National Trails Day

8 a.m. – Noon
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Join us for a volunteer trail project at William Frederick Hayden Park at Green Mountain in partnership with the Colorado Mountain Bike Association. Lite breakfast and lunch will be provided.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (2)

Sat, Jun 4
Lets Go Fishing!
9 a.m. – Noon
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

The first full weekend in June has been designated as no license required fishing in the state of Colorado. Come and join park naturalists at the Stone House Shelter and learn the basics of fishing. We will learn about types of fish, bait, fishing ethics and how to catch the big one.
Registration deadline: June 2http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Thu, Jun 9
Bear Creek Lake Park Bear Cubs
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Spiders
Ages: 3-5

 

Join us for this program specially designed for children ages 3-5. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs.
$5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived.
Registration deadline is the Monday before each session.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Sat, Jun 11
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Leave No Trace and Summer Safety

Celebrate National Get-Out Doors day with Leave No Trace and summer safety practices. We will learn how to minimize our impact on the environment when recreating outdoors, as well as important safety rules to follow when spending time outside this summer!
No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Sat, Jun 18
Bear Creek Lake Park Trout Fishing Tournament
5:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Cast your line and reel in the big one at the Bear Creek Lake Park trout fishing tournament! The target fish for this event will be rainbow or brown trout, and the winner will be determined by weight. This is a 2-person team tournament that will take place on Bear Creek Reservoir with 25 team slots available for watercraft and 25 team slots available for shore fisherman. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place. All boats will require a mandatory boat inspection. Check in is at 5:30 am; the tournament begins at 6:30 am.
$60/team (includes park entrance fee)
Registration deadline: June 16http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Sat, Jun 18
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Scat and Tricky Tracks

Join a park naturalist and discover how to identify wildlife by the clues they leave behind – scat and tracks. Participants will learn how to find and identify these clues to tell the story of where they have been, what they eat and maybe even where they are going.

No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Mon, Jun 20
Summer Solstice Event
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Live birds of prey and night sky observation

Join us at the Learning Circle Amphitheater and celebrate the Summer Solstice with live birds of prey and a full moon! Hawk Quest will reveal the importance of raptors and their role in the ecosystem. After the presentation view the “Strawberry” Full Moon through telescopes and enjoy gazing into the night sky. No dogs please. $2/ person; park entrance fee is waived.
Registration deadline: June15http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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SWed, Jun 22
enior Naturalists
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Birds

Ages: 55 and over

Participants will learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands on education, programs and hikes. We will meet at the Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center.
$5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived
Registration deadline is the Monday before each session.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Sat, Jun 25
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Hip on Herps!
Whether they slither, hop, swim or crawl reptiles and amphibians are sure to fascinate. Join the Zoological Discovery Center and come learn what makes these animals unique and explore some common myths and misconceptions. Stick around after the presentation for an opportunity to meet these animals up close and personal.
No registration required. Park entry fee applies. http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (18)

Sat, Jul 2
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

The Big Cycle about Recycle
Ever wonder what you could do with your leftover pizza or your soda can? Join Julie Elam and a park naturalist in a recycling and composting adventure. We will discuss easy ways to develop a plan that the whole family can do together to save Mother Earth via one can and one compost pile at a time.
No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen R (17)

Sat, Jul 9
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Sensational Spiders 
Do these eight legged creatures give you the creeps? Join us for an educational evening as we learn about these misunderstood arachnids!
No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (33)

Thu, Jul 14
Bear Creek Lake Park Bear Cubs
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Cats of BCLP

 

Join us for this program specially designed for children ages 3-5. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs.
Ages: 3-5
$5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived. Registration deadline is the Monday before each session.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

 

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Sat, Jul 16
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Bodacious Bats
Do vampire bats really exist? Are bats blind? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we unfold the secret life of bats. We will also go on a short hike in search of the bats that call the park home!

No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen R (9)

Tue, Jul 19
Full Moon Observation on the Dam
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Experience the quiet beauty of Bear Creek Lake Park at night and enjoy an adventure under the magic of the full moon. Park naturalists will have telescopes available for viewing the “Thunder” full moon. Bring a blanket
or lawn chair if you’d like to sit back, relax and soak up the stars. No dogs please. We will be meeting at the northeast parking lot just past the Mountain View shelter.
Park entrance fees apply. Cost of program is free.
Registration required. Registration deadline: July 15.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

 

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Grin and Bear It
Fri, Jul 22
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

This annual family adventure race involves teams of two completing a lake crossing, mountain bike course and a run. Participants will receive an event shirt. $40 for team. Park entrance fee is waived.
Information: 303.697.6154http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

 

GIGGLING BEARS (Adult + youth 6-11 years old)

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GRINNING BEARS (Adult + youth 12-16 years old)

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Sat, Jul 23
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Wild Wings (Live Birds of Prey) 
Raptors of the Rockies is a program that concentrates on birds of prey found in the Rocky Mountain region, paying special attention to those birds found in Colorado. In this interactive program, we explore the tools and adaptations that different raptors use to be successful in the wild. The program features live birds – a hawk, an owl, and a falcon – all species that are found here in Colorado.

No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Sat, Jul 30
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

 Cats of the Front Range
Did you known there are 3 different big cats that call Colorado home? A park naturalist will assist us in exploring the ‘Big 3’ cats of Colorado. We will look at the similarities between wild cats and domestic cats, learn where they live, and what they eat.

No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (14)

Thu, Aug 4
Bear Creek Lake Park Bear Cubs
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Water Wonders

Ages: 3-5

Join us for this program specially designed for children ages 3-5. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs.

$5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived. Registration deadline is the Monday before each session.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

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Sat, Aug 6
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Things That Sting
Join Liz Wickard, an interpretive naturalist and beekeeper from Aurora Nature Center as she sets the story straight about our stinging friends. Stinging insects can change from frightening to fascinating. Learn how beneficial stinging insects can be and how to tell them apart.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

No registration required. Park entry fee applies. RangeTracker Colinda de Groen R (8)

Sat, Aug 13
Saturday Night Campfire Program
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Back Yard Astronomy
Bring your sense of cosmic wondering as we look to the night skies! Lookout Mountain Nature Centers’ astronomy team will join us as we learn about the tools astronomers use to explore the night skies and discover how you can use the same tools in your own backyard!
No registration required. Park entry fee applies.http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen R (6)

Sat, Sep 17
Littlefoot Triathlon
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465
Occupying Big Soda Lake and park roads/paved trails. For more information, visit http://www.racingunderground.com/littlefoot/Elk Meadow RangeTracker (4)
Sat, Sep 24
Bear Chase Race
12 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465
Two day event. 10k, half marathon, 50k, 50mi, 100k; most park trails will be occupied. For more information, visit http://www.bearchaserace.com/
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Sun, Sep 25
Bear Chase Race
12 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465
Two day event. 10k, half marathon, 50k, 50mi, 100k; most park trails will be occupied. For more information, visit http://www.bearchaserace.com/RangeTracker Colinda de Groen (38)
Sat, Oct 1
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465
For more information, visit http://www.comba.org/