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 range of programs and events for all ages, including sunset and full moon hikes, archery and nature/wildlife education. There are also opportunities to host special events in city parks.

Browse the sections below to view upcoming activities.

FEATURED PROGRAMS 

Volunteer Day Saturday, Sept. 24

8 a.m.-Noon in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Sign up Now

Kids can become Jr. Rangers!

To become a Jr. Ranger, kids can pick up a booklet at the Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center or download it here(PDF, 8MB). Once completed, stop by the Visitor Center between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and let our staff know. They'll call a ranger to swear them in and give them a badge! 

A group of people sit outside in a circle. Programs locations may vary; please register with an email to receive location updates. Hiking programs may take place on uneven terrain. For assistance, contact the Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center at 303-697-6159.

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Archery

Registration opens July 19.

Try your hand at archery at the Bear Creek Lake Park Archery Range. Adult and Family options. $5 per person
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Bear Creek Birding

Spend a Tuesday morning searching for birds with Lakewood's Parks Naturalists! We will explore different parks in search of our feathered friends! Bring your binoculars or cameras. Ages 16+.
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Campfire Programs

Saturday evenings through July.
Roasting marshmallows and learning about the area; that's what these programs are all about! Each Saturday will feature a different topic - some with special guests! All ages welcome. Free; a park pass is required. 
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Full Moon Night Hikes

Registration opens July 19.

Full moon hikes are back this fall! Leave those flashlights at home for this unique hiking adventure. These hikes are designed for the whole family. Each will average 90 minutes and will be on uneven terrain. All ages welcome.
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Nature Hikes

Spend your Saturday morning hiking along a winding trail! You will learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area from Lakewood's Parks Naturalist. All ages welcome.
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Sunset Hikes

Join in on these evening excursions with Lakewood's Park Naturalists and see all the park has to offer before the night sets in. With beautiful views and a variety of wildlife, you're sure to have a good time. All ages welcome. 
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New! Paint in the Park

Registration opens July 19.

Get in touch with your artsy side while enjoying the great outdoors. We will be hiking to a location and painting together the beautiful scenery around us. Ages 10+.
Supplies provided. Hiking may be on uneven terrain.
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Educational Nature Programs (on hold)

Nature program requests are not currently being accepted. Updates will be posted on this page when requests are once again being accepted; keep an eye on this page for updates.

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

Reservations for all park picnic shelters are available through the end of the year. Pools and Surfside are open as of Memorial Day weekend. 

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.

Upcoming special events

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