Park Programs and Events

A campfire program crowd watches a park ranger presentation.

Bear Creek Lake Park (BCLP) and the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division offer a wide range of programs and events at all of our locations. There are also opportunities to host special events within the city parks.

 

Featured Programs

New! Birding  

On the last Tuesday of every month, search for birds alongside a Park Naturalist. Register (opens Dec. 5)

Full Moon Night Hikes

Leave your flashlight at home for this unique hiking adventure! Register

The following programs are located at Bear Creek Lake Park unless otherwise noted. Contact the Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 for more information.

Adult Nature Explorers (ages 18+)

Participants will explore Bear Creek Lake Park through activities including hikes, special guests and so much more! So leave the kids at home and enjoy an evening out in the park! Registration is required. Cost is $5.
View schedule/register

 

Bear Cubs (ages 3-5)

Designed specifically for young children, Bear Cubs allows participants to explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs. Registration is required. Cost is $5.
View schedule/register

New! Birding (ages 16+) 

On the last Tuesday of every month, explore different parks in search for birds alongside Park Naturalists. Bring your binoculars and warm clothes.
Locations vary: Register with a valid email address to receive updated location information. Cost is $5.
View schedule/register (Registration opens Dec. 5)

Campfire Programs (all ages) 

This program is offered seasonally spring-summer.
Roasting marshmallows and learning about the area, that's what the Campfire Programs are all about!
Each Saturday, participants will learn about a different subject with occasional special guests. This is a free program but a park pass is required.
View schedule/register

Guided Night Hikes (all ages)

Leave your flashlight at home for this unique hiking adventure! You will be guided by the park naturalist along trails and green spaces.
Wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress for weather conditions and bring water. These hikes are designed for the whole family and each will average an hour and a half of walking on uneven terrain. Registration is required. Cost is $5.
View schedule/register

Nature Hikes

Hike along a winding trail and learn about the flora, fauna and history of the area from a park naturalist. Bring your water and sunscreen.
Registration is required. Cost is $5.

View schedule/register


Educational Nature Programs

Bear Creek Lake Park staff offer educational programming for all ages and group sizes. To request a nature program at the park or on location, please fill out a request. 

Nature Program Request

A variety of events are permitted within the City of Lakewood's parks each year.  Special events within the city are regulated by Lakewood Municipal Code, sections 9.32.030 and 9.32.120.

Special events can include the following:

  • Any organized competitive or noncompetitive event
  • Non-recreational park uses
  • Commercial uses
  • Filming
  • Groups needing to reserve a park area
  • Group use involving more than 25 people
  • Rallies
  • Any other use that may conflict with established park uses, policies or rules.

Application Instructions

In order to host an event, an organizer must submit a completed event application form to the Regional Parks Supervisor for review and approval. Most events will also be required to submit a non-refundable application fee.  

Event Approval Guidelines

  • Based on the recommendations in the park Master Plan, trail-based events will not be allowed at William Frederick Hayden Park. Certain parking lot and educational events may be approved, including mountain bike demonstrations and filming permits.
  • Events requesting the use of the Bear Creek Greenbelt will need special review and may not be allowed. This park has limited parking and high use in a narrow corridor. It is not well-suited for large events.

  

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