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Stay connected to the natural world during COVID-19


Last updated 4/8/2020 at 5:46pm

A message from the El Paso County Nature Centers:

In response to the COVID-19 health pandemic, your El Paso County Nature Centers are doing their part to keep citizens connected to nature while using wise physical distancing practices. It is well documented that time spent outdoors in nature helps reduce stress, is linked to better sleep, and reduced depression.

First, we have updated our website with helpful, downloadable Outdoor Guides, Activities, and Resources for you to engage with yourself or your immediate family to enhance your outdoor activities or to enhance your at home school endeavors. Check out the Family Outdoor Activities Passport, A Guide to Common Trees of Bear Creek Nature Center, Fountain Creek & Bear Creek Junior Naturalist Journals, Spring Bingo, and A Guide to Common Tracks & Scat of Bear Creek Nature Center. Coming soon will be the Podcast Guide to Fountain Creek Nature Trail and more!

Second, the staff of the nature centers are actively creating videos to be posted on the nature centers Facebook page (Bear Creek Nature Center & Fountain Creek Nature Center) on a variety of topics to assist you in your daily walks, backyard, and at-home classroom pursuits. Look for posts on Backyard Magic Spots, Santa Fe Regional Trail & Ponderosa Pine Trees, Make Your Own Birdfeeder, and more to come! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram.

Lastly, these are unusual and challenging times for many of us and we hope you enjoy these resources. Thankfully, we do not need to distance ourselves from the beauty and healing found in the nature. May the trails and open spaces of El Paso County Parks and Nature Centers bring you solace and peace!

The staff of Bear Creek & Fountain Creek Nature Centers

El Paso County Parks, Recreation & Community Services


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