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Naturalist Guided Hike at Bear Creek Lake Park Campfire Program at Bear Creek Lake Park
Bear Creek Lake Park and the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division offer a wide range of programs and events at all of our locations. Find out what's happening and get outside and visit us at Bear Creek Lake Park, William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain and the Bear Creek Greenbelt.
Battle the Bear mountain bike race
Sat, May 14
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

The start/finish and race venue will be at Pelican Point.  The intimate venue and Pit Zone offers a fantastic setting for hot racing action. There will be a sponsors chalet with product sampling, and a Kidz Zone with jumpy house and our free Warriors Kids Race

 

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Free! Wildflower Hike
Sat, May 14
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain
1000 S. Rooney Rd., Lakewood CO 80228

Join the park naturalist and members of the Bureau of Land Management as we explore the spring floral display on William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain. Bring comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. No dogs please. We will meet in the Florida parking lot.

 

Registration deadline: May 9

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Flower Full Moon Hike
Sat, May 21
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.

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Thunder Valley National Motocross
Sat, Jun 4
12 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

 For more information, visit  http://www.tvmx.net/

 

National Trails Day
Sat, Jun 4
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.

 

Lets Go Fishing!
Sat, Jun 4
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 2


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Bear Creek Lake Park Bear Cubs
Thu, Jun 9
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.

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Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jun 11
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.



Bear Creek Lake Park Trout Fishing Tournament
Sat, Jun 18
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 16


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Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jun 18
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. 

Summer Solstice Event
Mon, Jun 20
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: June15


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Senior Naturalists
Wed, Jun 22
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.

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Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jun 25
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. 

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 2
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.

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 9
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.

Bear Creek Lake Park Bear Cubs
Thu, Jul 14
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.

 

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Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 16
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.

Full Moon Observation on the Dam
Tue, Jul 19
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.

 

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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: 303.697.6154

 

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

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

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Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 23
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.

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 30
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.

Bear Creek Lake Park Bear Cubs
Thu, Aug 4
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.

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Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Aug 6
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.

No registration required. Park entry fee applies. 

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Aug 13
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.

Littlefoot Triathlon
Sat, Sep 17
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/
Bear Chase Race
Sat, Sep 24
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/
Bear Chase Race
Sun, Sep 25
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/
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Sat, Oct 1
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/

Contact Information:

Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center
15600 W. Morrison Rd.
Lakewood, CO 80465
Direct: 303-697-6159 | Email: BCLP@Lakewood.org

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