Outdoor Events


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COS 150 Tree Challenge

12-31-2021

Presented by City of Colorado Springs at Various Locations Throughout Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 02 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 03 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 04 @ 12:00 am + 27 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 05 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 06 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 07 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 08 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 09 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 10 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 12 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 13 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 14 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 15 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 16 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 17 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 19 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 20 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 21 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 22 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 23 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 24 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 25 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 26 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 27 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 28 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 29 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 30 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 31 @ 12:00 am - less dates and times

As we get ready to celebrate our City’s 150th anniversary, it’s exciting to reflect on the wonderful gifts that our City’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer, bestowed on us. This includes more than 2,000 acres of incredible parkland – which, 148 years later, still includes some of the most sweeping, majestic views in the world.  Examples of parkland gifts from Palmer include: Alamo, Acacia, Antlers, Monument Valley and Palmer Park.

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As we get ready to celebrate our City’s 150th anniversary, it’s exciting to reflect on the wonderful gifts that our City’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer, bestowed on us. This includes more than 2,000 acres of incredible parkland – which, 148 years later, still includes some of the most sweeping, majestic views in the world.  Examples of parkland gifts from Palmer include: Alamo, Acacia, Antlers, Monument Valley and Palmer Park.

Another of Palmer's amazing legacies to our community is our tree-lined city.  When he founded our city in 1871, it was a nearly treeless, arid plain. Palmer changed that by planting thousands of trees in our city. To celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2021 and carry on Palmer’s vision of a tree-lined city, we are challenging the community to help plant 18,071 new trees over the next two years.

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Gallop in the Garden

12-30-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 02 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 09 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 30 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

Join us every Thursday between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (times vary on/off-season) for the Gallop in the Garden 5K Fun Run! Meet in the lower lobby of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO.  We’ve mapped out some phenomenal routes (available below) through Garden of the Gods Park and Rock Ledge Ranch that start and end at the Visitor & Nature Center.

Milestone prizes begin after completing five events, so be sure to stop by the...

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Join us every Thursday between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (times vary on/off-season) for the Gallop in the Garden 5K Fun Run! Meet in the lower lobby of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO.  We’ve mapped out some phenomenal routes (available below) through Garden of the Gods Park and Rock Ledge Ranch that start and end at the Visitor & Nature Center.

Milestone prizes begin after completing five events, so be sure to stop by the registration desk to look up your progress.  After ten runs, Gallop in the Garden T-Shirts are available at cost for $10.

Info Before you Go:

  • Sign in at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center lobby
  • 1 designated stroller route available – Kids Welcome!
  • Dogs welcome on leash only and please bring baggies to pick up after them!
  • Please dress appropriately for trails and weather
  • There is no bag check-in so please plan accordingly
  • Bring a Friend!
  • This is not a race, just a fun run and a way to enjoy comaraderie and the Great Colorado Outdoors in the #1 Park in the U.S.

*Note: Check-in credentials will be distributed on your first day at the Visitor Center after signing a liability waiver.

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Wild and Scenic Film Fest

12-02-2021

Presented by Fountain Creek Watershed District at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 02 @ 5:00 pm

The first five films, hosted by Fountain Creek Watershed, highlight some challenges we face with sustainable water and examples of how communities have come together for the benefit of all.  The last five films, hosted by TOSC,  raise awareness about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our parks and on our trails.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $35 and include in person viewing at Storybook Brewery , movie snacks, a free beer, and a chance to win some...

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The first five films, hosted by Fountain Creek Watershed, highlight some challenges we face with sustainable water and examples of how communities have come together for the benefit of all.  The last five films, hosted by TOSC,  raise awareness about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our parks and on our trails.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $35 and include in person viewing at Storybook Brewery , movie snacks, a free beer, and a chance to win some fabulous raffle prizes.

Watching at home is easy – fill up your living rooms, one viewing link is just $10.00.

All tickets are good for on-demand viewing from 12/3 – 12/8.

We'll have a live chat during the event. We would like to thank Storybook Brewing for hosting our VIP event.

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Winter Day in the Park & City Tree Lighting

12-03-2021

Presented by City of Woodland Park at Memorial Park, Woodland Park, Woodland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 03 @ 3:30 pm

The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Winter Day in the Park and the City Tree Lighting is back again for another year of joy-filled fun! Featuring hot chocolate, candy cane lane, pictures with Santa, sing along and MORE!

NEW for this year, enjoy the Elf Scramble- walk around Memorial Park and look for candy canes and elves! If you find an elf, you get a prize! Be sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Sarah Minton.

Schedule of Events:

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The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Winter Day in the Park and the City Tree Lighting is back again for another year of joy-filled fun! Featuring hot chocolate, candy cane lane, pictures with Santa, sing along and MORE!

NEW for this year, enjoy the Elf Scramble- walk around Memorial Park and look for candy canes and elves! If you find an elf, you get a prize! Be sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Sarah Minton.

Schedule of Events:

  • 3:30 p.m.: Winter Day in the Park, Petting Zoo, Candy Candy Lane, Pictures with Santa, Hot Chocolate & Candy!
  • 5:00 p.m.: Sing Along with Santa, Elf Scramble (NEW)
  • 5:30 p.m.: City of Woodland Park Tree Lighting
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Electric Safari

01-01-2022

Presented by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 03 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 04 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 05 @ 4:00 pm + 22 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm Wed, Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm Thu, Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm Fri, Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm Wed, Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm Thu, Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 25 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 26 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 27 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm Wed, Dec 29 @ 4:00 pm Thu, Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm Fri, Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Jan 01 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only place in Colorado Springs where you can see over 60 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with our animals at the same time! New this year, you’ll enjoy photos with our larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals, located throughout the Zoo. Electric Safari was voted 3rd Best Zoo Lights in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020 by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice.

This year’s event will celebrate 31 years of holiday...

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Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only place in Colorado Springs where you can see over 60 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with our animals at the same time! New this year, you’ll enjoy photos with our larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals, located throughout the Zoo. Electric Safari was voted 3rd Best Zoo Lights in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020 by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice.

This year’s event will celebrate 31 years of holiday cheer, and Santa Claus will be listening to wishes December 3-5 and 10-23. Come celebrate the holiday season with sparkling lights, animals and fun for the whole family! For all the details, visit: cmzoo.org/electricsafari

Advance timed tickets are required for both members and non-members. Zoo member tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Due to the popularity of Electric Safari, times and nights may sell out. Everyone visiting the Zoo must have their own advance e-ticket, including children age 2 and under. Discounted tickets (senior and military) will be validated at the front gate with the appropriate ID.

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Christmas Walk in Old Colorado City

12-04-2021

Presented by Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club at Westside Community Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 9:00 am

Come join us for some fun, fitness, and friendship at this non-competitive walking event. The walk will start at the Westside Community Center

The 5 & 10 kilometer routes will be on Old Colorado City streets and sidewalks. Strollers will be able to complete the courses. Wheelchairs are not recommended. Restrooms are available at the start/finish. Only leashed pets are welcome on the trail. Please, no pets inside the Community Center.

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Come join us for some fun, fitness, and friendship at this non-competitive walking event. The walk will start at the Westside Community Center

The 5 & 10 kilometer routes will be on Old Colorado City streets and sidewalks. Strollers will be able to complete the courses. Wheelchairs are not recommended. Restrooms are available at the start/finish. Only leashed pets are welcome on the trail. Please, no pets inside the Community Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Non-perishable food and cash donations will be collected at the event for the Westside Food Pantry. Register to walk any time between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and walk at your own pace, but please plan on finishing by 3:00 p.m.

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Chasing Santa 5k & 15 Mile Cycling Santa

12-04-2021

Presented by Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort at Legacy Loop, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 9:00 am

LYMevents and the Buffalo Lodge have teamed up again to bring you the 10th Annual Chasing Santa/Cycling Santa Christmas Toy Drive!

There is no better way to kick start your Holiday Season than by supporting 98 year local non profit Christmas Unlimited!

Please bring your unwrapped toys with you on Race Day morning and help us fill the hot tubs from Hanson HotSprings Spas.

Multiple Contests! Prizes for first, second and third! Business that brings the most presents! Prizes for the...

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LYMevents and the Buffalo Lodge have teamed up again to bring you the 10th Annual Chasing Santa/Cycling Santa Christmas Toy Drive!

There is no better way to kick start your Holiday Season than by supporting 98 year local non profit Christmas Unlimited!

Please bring your unwrapped toys with you on Race Day morning and help us fill the hot tubs from Hanson HotSprings Spas.

Multiple Contests! Prizes for first, second and third! Business that brings the most presents! Prizes for the individual that brings the most presents! Start collecting them now!
Prizes for Best Santa Dog Costume on the Walk!

Judging will take place at Legacy Loop Plaza at the Afterparty. This holiday event is designed for the entire family. Instead of your race day T-shirt, you will receive a complete Santa Suit, Pants, Jacket, Belt, Hat and of course a Beard, yours to keep. Santa Suits are limited to the first 950 participants.

The Cycling Santa 15 mile bike ride starts at 9:00 a.m. The bicycling Course is designed by Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

Which serves as the turn around point where you will be served hot chocolate and waffles before returning to the event.

The Chasing Santa 5K starts at 10:00 a.m. and will start/finish at Legacy Loop Plaza (Pharis Plaza) 1800 Recreation Way Colo Spgs Co.

This 5k Run/Walk highlights the Greenway Trail and Legacy Loop through Monument Valley Park

Are you interested in being a vendor at this event? $50.00 Booth Space Option plus a prize give a way valued at $25.00 or greater. Email us at: Pharis@LYMevents.com

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Photos with Santa

12-19-2021

Presented by Historic Old Colorado City at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 05 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Visit Santa's Cabin at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. Bring the whole family for photos with Santa!

Jolly ol' Saint Nick will be greeting folks with Christmas cheer every Saturday and Sunday from November 27th through December 19th!

Visit Santa's Cabin at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. Bring the whole family for photos with Santa!

Jolly ol' Saint Nick will be greeting folks with Christmas cheer every Saturday and Sunday from November 27th through December 19th!

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Festival of Lights Parade

12-04-2021

Presented by Colorado Springs Festival of Lights at Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 5:50 pm

Everyone's favorite family holiday tradition returns to downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street!

Get there early for a good seat, bundle up and enjoy the parade as participants put on a dazzling display of lights, sounds and performances. Bands, floats, horses and all kinds of special entries will compete for top honors in their class.

The parade starts at the intersection of Tejon St. and St. Vrain in Downtown Colorado Springs and ends at the intersection of Tejon St. and Vermijo.

Everyone's favorite family holiday tradition returns to downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street!

Get there early for a good seat, bundle up and enjoy the parade as participants put on a dazzling display of lights, sounds and performances. Bands, floats, horses and all kinds of special entries will compete for top honors in their class.

The parade starts at the intersection of Tejon St. and St. Vrain in Downtown Colorado Springs and ends at the intersection of Tejon St. and Vermijo.

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Hiking 101

12-05-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 05 @ 11:00 am

Whether you are going on a simple day hike. climbing one of Colorado's 14ers or planning a multi-day trek into the backcountry, there are proper ways to prepare for your adventure.

In this workshop you will learn the essential gear you should take with you on any adventure, how to physically and mentally prepare yourself, route planning, how to check the weather forecast and more.

This class is instructed by Ruben Rodriguez Jr. a Colorado native and instructor for The Survival University,...

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Whether you are going on a simple day hike. climbing one of Colorado's 14ers or planning a multi-day trek into the backcountry, there are proper ways to prepare for your adventure.

In this workshop you will learn the essential gear you should take with you on any adventure, how to physically and mentally prepare yourself, route planning, how to check the weather forecast and more.

This class is instructed by Ruben Rodriguez Jr. a Colorado native and instructor for The Survival University, as well as Jason Marsteiner, owner/founder of The Survival University and a published author of a wilderness survival guide.

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Rock Identification in the Wild: Basic Rock ID

12-06-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 06 @ 3:15 pm

Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s...

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Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s session will focus on basic rock identification. We will learn how to identify the most common rock types in the area.

For the walk portion of the class, be sure to bring water, a backpack, and a sweatshirt for the weather!

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What's the Weather

12-07-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 07 @ 3:00 pm

Picture it, you are out hiking or camping, and you have no cellphone service. How are you supposed to figure out what the weather will be for the rest of your trip? In this presentation you will learn ways to predict the upcoming weather using what is around you, Mother Nature.

We will be looking at how cloud types, sky coloring, the moon, and even cows can tell you the upcoming weather.  All of the weather prediction tips and tricks you will learn are backed by science and we will explore...

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Picture it, you are out hiking or camping, and you have no cellphone service. How are you supposed to figure out what the weather will be for the rest of your trip? In this presentation you will learn ways to predict the upcoming weather using what is around you, Mother Nature.

We will be looking at how cloud types, sky coloring, the moon, and even cows can tell you the upcoming weather.  All of the weather prediction tips and tricks you will learn are backed by science and we will explore why those phenomena occur the way that they do.  Know that leaving this presentation you will have at least one trick to make sure you are not caught in a rainstorm without a jacket!

Ages: Teenagers to Adults

*Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. No Refunds. Pre-Registration Required.

Follow the link to our Virtual Calendar. Click on the event that you are interested in registering to.

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Downtown Holiday Stroll

12-08-2021

Presented by Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs at Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 08 @ 5:00 pm

Shops are open late with perfect gifts for the holidays. Enjoy festive holiday lights and one-night-only shopping and dining specials.

Plus, Santa himself will be out and about doing a little shopping, listening to wish lists, and posing for photos. Be sure to keep an eye out for the grumpy Grinch gallivanting in and out of shops as well.

Holiday Stroll Events:

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Shops are open late with perfect gifts for the holidays. Enjoy festive holiday lights and one-night-only shopping and dining specials.

Plus, Santa himself will be out and about doing a little shopping, listening to wish lists, and posing for photos. Be sure to keep an eye out for the grumpy Grinch gallivanting in and out of shops as well.

Holiday Stroll Events:

Come down from 5-8 p.m. for holiday fun

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Kids' Morning at Bear Creek

12-11-2021

Presented by Bear Creek Nature Center at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 9:00 am

Children ages 6-11 are invited to spend the morning at Bear Creek Nature Center while caregivers get a morning off. The day will include hiking, playing games, creating a festive craft, and lunch.

Children ages 6-11 are invited to spend the morning at Bear Creek Nature Center while caregivers get a morning off. The day will include hiking, playing games, creating a festive craft, and lunch.

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Go ELF Yourself: A Costumed Ride to Support Downtown Ventures

12-11-2021

Presented by Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs at Acacia Park, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm

How it Works:

  • Gather at Acacia Park at noon. Bring your or bike or reserve a PikeRide for $10 by noon Friday, Dec. 10. Your reservation fee is split equally between Downtown Ventures and PikeRide, and your ride is free!
  • Group photo in front of the Acacia skating rink at 12:50; ride starts at 1 p.m. sharp.
  • Don't want to ride? Meet us in the Wildcat Room at Bristol Brewing at 1:30. First round of snacks is on us, and $0.50 from every beer you order will be given back to the nonprofit of...
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How it Works:

  • Gather at Acacia Park at noon. Bring your or bike or reserve a PikeRide for $10 by noon Friday, Dec. 10. Your reservation fee is split equally between Downtown Ventures and PikeRide, and your ride is free!
  • Group photo in front of the Acacia skating rink at 12:50; ride starts at 1 p.m. sharp.
  • Don't want to ride? Meet us in the Wildcat Room at Bristol Brewing at 1:30. First round of snacks is on us, and $0.50 from every beer you order will be given back to the nonprofit of your choice (choose Downtown Ventures!).
  • Prizes will be awarded for best costume(s) and those who donate via http://indygive.com/downtown during the event. Win tickets to CC Tigers games courtesy Behr & Behr Platinum Group Realtors, T-shirts featuring Iscariot the Octo-Maid sculpture, Downtown gift cards and stickers!
  • Chaperoned ride back to Downtown leaves at 3:30.

Inclement Weather Plan: No ride. Get yourself and your costume to Bristol by 2 p.m.!

What Should I Wear? Please wear a bike helmet if you plan to ride. Tinsel, lights, red and green, candy cane stripes, ugly Christmas sweaters. May the best elf win!

Bonus Challenge: Dress like your favorite Art on the Streets artwork for a special chance to win!

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Holiday Music

12-18-2021

Presented by Historic Old Colorado City at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 2:30 pm Sun, Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 2:30 pm

Old Colorado City will be hosting free holiday concerts at Bancroft Park.  We invite families to come out and enjoy the music and then enjoy the specialty shops and restaurants throughout Old Colorado City.

  • November 27th:  Back Stage People
  • December 11th: Christmas Brass
  • December 12th: Bare Bones Trombone
  • December 18th: Hot Boots Group

Old Colorado City will be hosting free holiday concerts at Bancroft Park.  We invite families to come out and enjoy the music and then enjoy the specialty shops and restaurants throughout Old Colorado City.

  • November 27th:  Back Stage People
  • December 11th: Christmas Brass
  • December 12th: Bare Bones Trombone
  • December 18th: Hot Boots Group
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Manitou Christmas Parade

12-11-2021

Presented by O'Donnell & O'Donnell, LLP at Downtown Manitou Springs, Manitou Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm

Season’s Greetings!

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the land,

excitement grew quickly for the parade we have planned!

For Christmas Begins on December Eleven,

The streets will be lit, the city full of fun!

Manitou Avenue will be all aglow,

as happy attendees jaunt to and fro!

Bring out your family and all of your friends

Bring out your hat and fuzzy mittens!

The Parade begins at the sixth strike of the clock,

From Ruxton to El Paso is where our marchers will...

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Season’s Greetings!

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the land,

excitement grew quickly for the parade we have planned!

For Christmas Begins on December Eleven,

The streets will be lit, the city full of fun!

Manitou Avenue will be all aglow,

as happy attendees jaunt to and fro!

Bring out your family and all of your friends

Bring out your hat and fuzzy mittens!

The Parade begins at the sixth strike of the clock,

From Ruxton to El Paso is where our marchers will walk.

Children can gather for the rare and special site,

Of the man all in red and a beard big and white!

Come early and enjoy the fine sights of the city,

Radiant, lively, the lights will be pretty!

Stay for dinner with family and your friends,

Finish last minute shopping to tie those loose ends!

Rejoice Seasons Greetings! and celebrate with us this year,

As Christmas Begins in Manitou with a parade full of Cheer!

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Rock Identification in the Wild: Mineral ID

12-13-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 13 @ 3:15 pm

Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s...

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Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s session will focus on mineral identification. All rocks are made up of minerals, they are like the ingredients in each rock. We will learn the various traits that all minerals share and how to differentiate between them!

For the walk portion of the class, be sure to bring water, a backpack, and a sweatshirt for the weather!

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Rock Identification in the Wild: Mineral ID

12-16-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm

Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s...

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Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s session will focus on mineral identification. All rocks are made up of minerals, they are like the ingredients in each rock. We will learn the various traits that all minerals share and how to differentiate between them!

For the walk portion of the class, be sure to bring water, a backpack, and a sweatshirt for the weather!

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

12-18-2021

Presented by Bear Creek Nature Center at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 18 @ 8:00 am

Come help Bear Creek Nature Center count the birds. Be prepared for cold, snow, and icy trails. Limited group size.

Come help Bear Creek Nature Center count the birds. Be prepared for cold, snow, and icy trails. Limited group size.

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Nature Explorers

02-17-2022

Presented by Bear Creek Nature Center at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 23 @ 10:00 am Wed, Jan 19 @ 10:00 am + 3 more dates and times

Thu, Jan 20 @ 10:00 am Wed, Feb 16 @ 10:00 am Thu, Feb 17 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Come enjoy nature through your child's eyes! Nature Explorers is a monthly program geared to 4 and 5 year-olds and their caregivers.

Programs run the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month.

Come enjoy nature through your child's eyes! Nature Explorers is a monthly program geared to 4 and 5 year-olds and their caregivers.

Programs run the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month.

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COS 150 Tree Challenge

12-31-2021

Presented by City of Colorado Springs at Various Locations Throughout Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 02 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 03 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 04 @ 12:00 am + 27 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 05 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 06 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 07 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 08 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 09 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 10 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 12 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 13 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 14 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 15 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 16 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 17 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 18 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 19 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 20 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 21 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 22 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 23 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 24 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 25 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 26 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 27 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 28 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 29 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 30 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 31 @ 12:00 am - less dates and times

As we get ready to celebrate our City’s 150th anniversary, it’s exciting to reflect on the wonderful gifts that our City’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer, bestowed on us. This includes more than 2,000 acres of incredible parkland – which, 148 years later, still includes some of the most sweeping, majestic views in the world.  Examples of parkland gifts from Palmer include: Alamo, Acacia, Antlers, Monument Valley and Palmer Park.

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As we get ready to celebrate our City’s 150th anniversary, it’s exciting to reflect on the wonderful gifts that our City’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer, bestowed on us. This includes more than 2,000 acres of incredible parkland – which, 148 years later, still includes some of the most sweeping, majestic views in the world.  Examples of parkland gifts from Palmer include: Alamo, Acacia, Antlers, Monument Valley and Palmer Park.

Another of Palmer's amazing legacies to our community is our tree-lined city.  When he founded our city in 1871, it was a nearly treeless, arid plain. Palmer changed that by planting thousands of trees in our city. To celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2021 and carry on Palmer’s vision of a tree-lined city, we are challenging the community to help plant 18,071 new trees over the next two years.

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Gallop in the Garden

12-30-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 02 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 09 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 30 @ 3:00 pm - less dates and times

Join us every Thursday between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (times vary on/off-season) for the Gallop in the Garden 5K Fun Run! Meet in the lower lobby of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO.  We’ve mapped out some phenomenal routes (available below) through Garden of the Gods Park and Rock Ledge Ranch that start and end at the Visitor & Nature Center.

Milestone prizes begin after completing five events, so be sure to stop by the...

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Join us every Thursday between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (times vary on/off-season) for the Gallop in the Garden 5K Fun Run! Meet in the lower lobby of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO.  We’ve mapped out some phenomenal routes (available below) through Garden of the Gods Park and Rock Ledge Ranch that start and end at the Visitor & Nature Center.

Milestone prizes begin after completing five events, so be sure to stop by the registration desk to look up your progress.  After ten runs, Gallop in the Garden T-Shirts are available at cost for $10.

Info Before you Go:

  • Sign in at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center lobby
  • 1 designated stroller route available – Kids Welcome!
  • Dogs welcome on leash only and please bring baggies to pick up after them!
  • Please dress appropriately for trails and weather
  • There is no bag check-in so please plan accordingly
  • Bring a Friend!
  • This is not a race, just a fun run and a way to enjoy comaraderie and the Great Colorado Outdoors in the #1 Park in the U.S.

*Note: Check-in credentials will be distributed on your first day at the Visitor Center after signing a liability waiver.

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Wild and Scenic Film Fest

12-02-2021

Presented by Fountain Creek Watershed District at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 02 @ 5:00 pm

The first five films, hosted by Fountain Creek Watershed, highlight some challenges we face with sustainable water and examples of how communities have come together for the benefit of all.  The last five films, hosted by TOSC,  raise awareness about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our parks and on our trails.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $35 and include in person viewing at Storybook Brewery , movie snacks, a free beer, and a chance to win some...

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The first five films, hosted by Fountain Creek Watershed, highlight some challenges we face with sustainable water and examples of how communities have come together for the benefit of all.  The last five films, hosted by TOSC,  raise awareness about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our parks and on our trails.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $35 and include in person viewing at Storybook Brewery , movie snacks, a free beer, and a chance to win some fabulous raffle prizes.

Watching at home is easy – fill up your living rooms, one viewing link is just $10.00.

All tickets are good for on-demand viewing from 12/3 – 12/8.

We'll have a live chat during the event. We would like to thank Storybook Brewing for hosting our VIP event.

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Winter Day in the Park & City Tree Lighting

12-03-2021

Presented by City of Woodland Park at Memorial Park, Woodland Park, Woodland Park
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 03 @ 3:30 pm

The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Winter Day in the Park and the City Tree Lighting is back again for another year of joy-filled fun! Featuring hot chocolate, candy cane lane, pictures with Santa, sing along and MORE!

NEW for this year, enjoy the Elf Scramble- walk around Memorial Park and look for candy canes and elves! If you find an elf, you get a prize! Be sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Sarah Minton.

Schedule of Events:

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The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Winter Day in the Park and the City Tree Lighting is back again for another year of joy-filled fun! Featuring hot chocolate, candy cane lane, pictures with Santa, sing along and MORE!

NEW for this year, enjoy the Elf Scramble- walk around Memorial Park and look for candy canes and elves! If you find an elf, you get a prize! Be sure to dress warm and bring a flashlight!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Sarah Minton.

Schedule of Events:

  • 3:30 p.m.: Winter Day in the Park, Petting Zoo, Candy Candy Lane, Pictures with Santa, Hot Chocolate & Candy!
  • 5:00 p.m.: Sing Along with Santa, Elf Scramble (NEW)
  • 5:30 p.m.: City of Woodland Park Tree Lighting
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Electric Safari

01-01-2022

Presented by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 03 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 04 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 05 @ 4:00 pm + 22 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm Wed, Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm Thu, Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm Fri, Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm Wed, Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm Thu, Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 25 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 26 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 27 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm Wed, Dec 29 @ 4:00 pm Thu, Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm Fri, Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Jan 01 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only place in Colorado Springs where you can see over 60 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with our animals at the same time! New this year, you’ll enjoy photos with our larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals, located throughout the Zoo. Electric Safari was voted 3rd Best Zoo Lights in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020 by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice.

This year’s event will celebrate 31 years of holiday...

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Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only place in Colorado Springs where you can see over 60 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with our animals at the same time! New this year, you’ll enjoy photos with our larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals, located throughout the Zoo. Electric Safari was voted 3rd Best Zoo Lights in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020 by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice.

This year’s event will celebrate 31 years of holiday cheer, and Santa Claus will be listening to wishes December 3-5 and 10-23. Come celebrate the holiday season with sparkling lights, animals and fun for the whole family! For all the details, visit: cmzoo.org/electricsafari

Advance timed tickets are required for both members and non-members. Zoo member tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Due to the popularity of Electric Safari, times and nights may sell out. Everyone visiting the Zoo must have their own advance e-ticket, including children age 2 and under. Discounted tickets (senior and military) will be validated at the front gate with the appropriate ID.

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Christmas Walk in Old Colorado City

12-04-2021

Presented by Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club at Westside Community Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 9:00 am

Come join us for some fun, fitness, and friendship at this non-competitive walking event. The walk will start at the Westside Community Center

The 5 & 10 kilometer routes will be on Old Colorado City streets and sidewalks. Strollers will be able to complete the courses. Wheelchairs are not recommended. Restrooms are available at the start/finish. Only leashed pets are welcome on the trail. Please, no pets inside the Community Center.

This event is free and open to the public....

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Come join us for some fun, fitness, and friendship at this non-competitive walking event. The walk will start at the Westside Community Center

The 5 & 10 kilometer routes will be on Old Colorado City streets and sidewalks. Strollers will be able to complete the courses. Wheelchairs are not recommended. Restrooms are available at the start/finish. Only leashed pets are welcome on the trail. Please, no pets inside the Community Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Non-perishable food and cash donations will be collected at the event for the Westside Food Pantry. Register to walk any time between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and walk at your own pace, but please plan on finishing by 3:00 p.m.

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Chasing Santa 5k & 15 Mile Cycling Santa

12-04-2021

Presented by Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort at Legacy Loop, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 9:00 am

LYMevents and the Buffalo Lodge have teamed up again to bring you the 10th Annual Chasing Santa/Cycling Santa Christmas Toy Drive!

There is no better way to kick start your Holiday Season than by supporting 98 year local non profit Christmas Unlimited!

Please bring your unwrapped toys with you on Race Day morning and help us fill the hot tubs from Hanson HotSprings Spas.

Multiple Contests! Prizes for first, second and third! Business that brings the most presents! Prizes for the...

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LYMevents and the Buffalo Lodge have teamed up again to bring you the 10th Annual Chasing Santa/Cycling Santa Christmas Toy Drive!

There is no better way to kick start your Holiday Season than by supporting 98 year local non profit Christmas Unlimited!

Please bring your unwrapped toys with you on Race Day morning and help us fill the hot tubs from Hanson HotSprings Spas.

Multiple Contests! Prizes for first, second and third! Business that brings the most presents! Prizes for the individual that brings the most presents! Start collecting them now!
Prizes for Best Santa Dog Costume on the Walk!

Judging will take place at Legacy Loop Plaza at the Afterparty. This holiday event is designed for the entire family. Instead of your race day T-shirt, you will receive a complete Santa Suit, Pants, Jacket, Belt, Hat and of course a Beard, yours to keep. Santa Suits are limited to the first 950 participants.

The Cycling Santa 15 mile bike ride starts at 9:00 a.m. The bicycling Course is designed by Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

Which serves as the turn around point where you will be served hot chocolate and waffles before returning to the event.

The Chasing Santa 5K starts at 10:00 a.m. and will start/finish at Legacy Loop Plaza (Pharis Plaza) 1800 Recreation Way Colo Spgs Co.

This 5k Run/Walk highlights the Greenway Trail and Legacy Loop through Monument Valley Park

Are you interested in being a vendor at this event? $50.00 Booth Space Option plus a prize give a way valued at $25.00 or greater. Email us at: Pharis@LYMevents.com

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Photos with Santa

12-19-2021

Presented by Historic Old Colorado City at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 05 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm + 3 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Visit Santa's Cabin at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. Bring the whole family for photos with Santa!

Jolly ol' Saint Nick will be greeting folks with Christmas cheer every Saturday and Sunday from November 27th through December 19th!

Visit Santa's Cabin at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. Bring the whole family for photos with Santa!

Jolly ol' Saint Nick will be greeting folks with Christmas cheer every Saturday and Sunday from November 27th through December 19th!

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Festival of Lights Parade

12-04-2021

Presented by Colorado Springs Festival of Lights at Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 04 @ 5:50 pm

Everyone's favorite family holiday tradition returns to downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street!

Get there early for a good seat, bundle up and enjoy the parade as participants put on a dazzling display of lights, sounds and performances. Bands, floats, horses and all kinds of special entries will compete for top honors in their class.

The parade starts at the intersection of Tejon St. and St. Vrain in Downtown Colorado Springs and ends at the intersection of Tejon St. and Vermijo.

Everyone's favorite family holiday tradition returns to downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street!

Get there early for a good seat, bundle up and enjoy the parade as participants put on a dazzling display of lights, sounds and performances. Bands, floats, horses and all kinds of special entries will compete for top honors in their class.

The parade starts at the intersection of Tejon St. and St. Vrain in Downtown Colorado Springs and ends at the intersection of Tejon St. and Vermijo.

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Hiking 101

12-05-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 05 @ 11:00 am

Whether you are going on a simple day hike. climbing one of Colorado's 14ers or planning a multi-day trek into the backcountry, there are proper ways to prepare for your adventure.

In this workshop you will learn the essential gear you should take with you on any adventure, how to physically and mentally prepare yourself, route planning, how to check the weather forecast and more.

This class is instructed by Ruben Rodriguez Jr. a Colorado native and instructor for The Survival University,...

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Whether you are going on a simple day hike. climbing one of Colorado's 14ers or planning a multi-day trek into the backcountry, there are proper ways to prepare for your adventure.

In this workshop you will learn the essential gear you should take with you on any adventure, how to physically and mentally prepare yourself, route planning, how to check the weather forecast and more.

This class is instructed by Ruben Rodriguez Jr. a Colorado native and instructor for The Survival University, as well as Jason Marsteiner, owner/founder of The Survival University and a published author of a wilderness survival guide.

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Rock Identification in the Wild: Basic Rock ID

12-06-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 06 @ 3:15 pm

Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s...

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Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s session will focus on basic rock identification. We will learn how to identify the most common rock types in the area.

For the walk portion of the class, be sure to bring water, a backpack, and a sweatshirt for the weather!

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What's the Weather

12-07-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 07 @ 3:00 pm

Picture it, you are out hiking or camping, and you have no cellphone service. How are you supposed to figure out what the weather will be for the rest of your trip? In this presentation you will learn ways to predict the upcoming weather using what is around you, Mother Nature.

We will be looking at how cloud types, sky coloring, the moon, and even cows can tell you the upcoming weather.  All of the weather prediction tips and tricks you will learn are backed by science and we will explore...

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Picture it, you are out hiking or camping, and you have no cellphone service. How are you supposed to figure out what the weather will be for the rest of your trip? In this presentation you will learn ways to predict the upcoming weather using what is around you, Mother Nature.

We will be looking at how cloud types, sky coloring, the moon, and even cows can tell you the upcoming weather.  All of the weather prediction tips and tricks you will learn are backed by science and we will explore why those phenomena occur the way that they do.  Know that leaving this presentation you will have at least one trick to make sure you are not caught in a rainstorm without a jacket!

Ages: Teenagers to Adults

*Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. No Refunds. Pre-Registration Required.

Follow the link to our Virtual Calendar. Click on the event that you are interested in registering to.

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Downtown Holiday Stroll

12-08-2021

Presented by Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs at Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 08 @ 5:00 pm

Shops are open late with perfect gifts for the holidays. Enjoy festive holiday lights and one-night-only shopping and dining specials.

Plus, Santa himself will be out and about doing a little shopping, listening to wish lists, and posing for photos. Be sure to keep an eye out for the grumpy Grinch gallivanting in and out of shops as well.

Holiday Stroll Events:

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Shops are open late with perfect gifts for the holidays. Enjoy festive holiday lights and one-night-only shopping and dining specials.

Plus, Santa himself will be out and about doing a little shopping, listening to wish lists, and posing for photos. Be sure to keep an eye out for the grumpy Grinch gallivanting in and out of shops as well.

Holiday Stroll Events:

Come down from 5-8 p.m. for holiday fun

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Kids' Morning at Bear Creek

12-11-2021

Presented by Bear Creek Nature Center at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 9:00 am

Children ages 6-11 are invited to spend the morning at Bear Creek Nature Center while caregivers get a morning off. The day will include hiking, playing games, creating a festive craft, and lunch.

Children ages 6-11 are invited to spend the morning at Bear Creek Nature Center while caregivers get a morning off. The day will include hiking, playing games, creating a festive craft, and lunch.

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Go ELF Yourself: A Costumed Ride to Support Downtown Ventures

12-11-2021

Presented by Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs at Acacia Park, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm

How it Works:

  • Gather at Acacia Park at noon. Bring your or bike or reserve a PikeRide for $10 by noon Friday, Dec. 10. Your reservation fee is split equally between Downtown Ventures and PikeRide, and your ride is free!
  • Group photo in front of the Acacia skating rink at 12:50; ride starts at 1 p.m. sharp.
  • Don't want to ride? Meet us in the Wildcat Room at Bristol Brewing at 1:30. First round of snacks is on us, and $0.50 from every beer you order will be given back to the nonprofit of...
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How it Works:

  • Gather at Acacia Park at noon. Bring your or bike or reserve a PikeRide for $10 by noon Friday, Dec. 10. Your reservation fee is split equally between Downtown Ventures and PikeRide, and your ride is free!
  • Group photo in front of the Acacia skating rink at 12:50; ride starts at 1 p.m. sharp.
  • Don't want to ride? Meet us in the Wildcat Room at Bristol Brewing at 1:30. First round of snacks is on us, and $0.50 from every beer you order will be given back to the nonprofit of your choice (choose Downtown Ventures!).
  • Prizes will be awarded for best costume(s) and those who donate via http://indygive.com/downtown during the event. Win tickets to CC Tigers games courtesy Behr & Behr Platinum Group Realtors, T-shirts featuring Iscariot the Octo-Maid sculpture, Downtown gift cards and stickers!
  • Chaperoned ride back to Downtown leaves at 3:30.

Inclement Weather Plan: No ride. Get yourself and your costume to Bristol by 2 p.m.!

What Should I Wear? Please wear a bike helmet if you plan to ride. Tinsel, lights, red and green, candy cane stripes, ugly Christmas sweaters. May the best elf win!

Bonus Challenge: Dress like your favorite Art on the Streets artwork for a special chance to win!

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Holiday Music

12-18-2021

Presented by Historic Old Colorado City at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 2:30 pm Sun, Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm Sat, Dec 18 @ 2:30 pm

Old Colorado City will be hosting free holiday concerts at Bancroft Park.  We invite families to come out and enjoy the music and then enjoy the specialty shops and restaurants throughout Old Colorado City.

  • November 27th:  Back Stage People
  • December 11th: Christmas Brass
  • December 12th: Bare Bones Trombone
  • December 18th: Hot Boots Group

Old Colorado City will be hosting free holiday concerts at Bancroft Park.  We invite families to come out and enjoy the music and then enjoy the specialty shops and restaurants throughout Old Colorado City.

  • November 27th:  Back Stage People
  • December 11th: Christmas Brass
  • December 12th: Bare Bones Trombone
  • December 18th: Hot Boots Group
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Manitou Christmas Parade

12-11-2021

Presented by O'Donnell & O'Donnell, LLP at Downtown Manitou Springs, Manitou Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm

Season’s Greetings!

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the land,

excitement grew quickly for the parade we have planned!

For Christmas Begins on December Eleven,

The streets will be lit, the city full of fun!

Manitou Avenue will be all aglow,

as happy attendees jaunt to and fro!

Bring out your family and all of your friends

Bring out your hat and fuzzy mittens!

The Parade begins at the sixth strike of the clock,

From Ruxton to El Paso is where our marchers will...

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Season’s Greetings!

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the land,

excitement grew quickly for the parade we have planned!

For Christmas Begins on December Eleven,

The streets will be lit, the city full of fun!

Manitou Avenue will be all aglow,

as happy attendees jaunt to and fro!

Bring out your family and all of your friends

Bring out your hat and fuzzy mittens!

The Parade begins at the sixth strike of the clock,

From Ruxton to El Paso is where our marchers will walk.

Children can gather for the rare and special site,

Of the man all in red and a beard big and white!

Come early and enjoy the fine sights of the city,

Radiant, lively, the lights will be pretty!

Stay for dinner with family and your friends,

Finish last minute shopping to tie those loose ends!

Rejoice Seasons Greetings! and celebrate with us this year,

As Christmas Begins in Manitou with a parade full of Cheer!

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Rock Identification in the Wild: Mineral ID

12-13-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 13 @ 3:15 pm

Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s...

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Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s session will focus on mineral identification. All rocks are made up of minerals, they are like the ingredients in each rock. We will learn the various traits that all minerals share and how to differentiate between them!

For the walk portion of the class, be sure to bring water, a backpack, and a sweatshirt for the weather!

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Rock Identification in the Wild: Mineral ID

12-16-2021

Presented by Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm

Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s...

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Rocks are all around us, but very few of us can name the rocks we see! Come to the Rock Identification in the Wild series. We will learn the skills to identify different traits in rocks that geologists use to determine the rock type. The class will begin indoors in the Red Rocks Room so that we can learn the traits that we are looking for and how to measure them.

Then we will head out into Garden of the Gods and put our new knowledge to work identifying any rocks that we find! This week’s session will focus on mineral identification. All rocks are made up of minerals, they are like the ingredients in each rock. We will learn the various traits that all minerals share and how to differentiate between them!

For the walk portion of the class, be sure to bring water, a backpack, and a sweatshirt for the weather!

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

12-18-2021

Presented by Bear Creek Nature Center at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 18 @ 8:00 am

Come help Bear Creek Nature Center count the birds. Be prepared for cold, snow, and icy trails. Limited group size.

Come help Bear Creek Nature Center count the birds. Be prepared for cold, snow, and icy trails. Limited group size.

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Nature Explorers

02-17-2022

Presented by Bear Creek Nature Center at Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 23 @ 10:00 am Wed, Jan 19 @ 10:00 am + 3 more dates and times

Thu, Jan 20 @ 10:00 am Wed, Feb 16 @ 10:00 am Thu, Feb 17 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Come enjoy nature through your child's eyes! Nature Explorers is a monthly program geared to 4 and 5 year-olds and their caregivers.

Programs run the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month.

Come enjoy nature through your child's eyes! Nature Explorers is a monthly program geared to 4 and 5 year-olds and their caregivers.

Programs run the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month.

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