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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.


Please call the visitors center at 303.697.6159 for more information.


Ongoing Programs | Annual Events



Ongoing Programs

Adult Nature Explorers
Ages 18 and up
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 required: $5.


Summer 2019:
June 13 - Bats
July 18 - Birds of Bear Creek

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Adult Nature Explorers

Bear Cubs
Ages 3-5
Join us for a program designed especially for young children. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs. Registration required: $5.


Summer 2019:
June 6 - Terrific Trees
July 11 - Colors in Nature

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Bear Cubs

Campfire Programs
All ages
Roasting marshmallows and learning about the area, that's what the Campfire Programs are all about! Each Saturday will learn about a different subject with occasional special guests. This is a free program; park pass required.


Summer 2019:
June 15 - Campfire Stories
June 22 - Firemen and Wildfires
June 29 - Bats of Bear Creek
July 6 - Falcon Frenzy (with live animals)
July 13 - Stars and Their Stories
July 20 - Carnivores of Colorado
July 27 - Colorado Snakes (with live animals)
August 3 - End of Season Party

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Campfire Programs

Guided Night Hikes
All ages
Leave those flashlights 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 required: $5.


Winter/Spring 2019:
May 18 - Flower Full Moon

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Full Moon Hike

Nature Hikes
All ages
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 required: $5.


Winter/Spring 2019:
May 4

Summer 2019:
June 15 - William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain
July 6 - Bear Creek Greenbelt
August 10 - Bear Creek Lake Park

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Nature Hikes





Annual events

Ice Fishing 101
Saturday, January 26 | 8 a.m.-noon
Learn from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other great guest speakers in a one-hour class. Then, put your new skills to the test and ice fish at Bear Creek Lake Park. Open to all ages. Fishing license required.

Winter Ice Fishing

Volunteer Open House
Wednesday, March 6 | 5-7 p.m.
Curious about volunteering in a park? This is your chance! Come meet the crew at Bear Creek Lake Park and learn about our programs, including:

  • Volunteer park patrol (mountain bike, horse, hike)
  • Visitor Center volunteers
  • Adopt-a-garden
  • Adopt-a-park
  • Nature ambassadors
  • Park advocate
  • Wildlife monitors
There is no admission fee, and the entry into the park is waived for this event, just come say hi!


Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center
15600 W. Morrison Road



Earth Day Volunteer Project 
Saturday, April 27 
Bear Creek Lake Park

Celebrate Earth Day by giving back to your local parks. Each year, we'll pick a project to complete like trail repairs, removing invasive weeds or planting trees. Projects will be outside and involve some manual labor; tools will be provided. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Registration is now full. Thank you for your interest!

Earth Day Project

Fishing Tournament
Saturday, May 11 | 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cast your line and reel in the big one in 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 two-person team tournament that will take place at Bear Creek Reservoir.

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Trout Fishing Tournament

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 1
Bear Creek Lake Park

Celebrate American Hiking Society's National Trails Day with a volunteer project at one of your favorite local parks. Volunteers will help park staff with a variety of park projects that could include restoration, trail work or litter removal.


Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest and hope to see you next year!

National Trails Day

Let's Go Fishing!
June 1 | 9 a.m.-noon
The first full weekend in June has been designated as no license required fishing in the state of Colorado. Register to join the park staff at Cottonwood Park, 10461 W. Evans Ave., for this program geared for children and learn the basics of fishing. We will learn about types of fish, bait, fishing ethics and how to catch the big one! 

This is a free event but registration is required.

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Lets Go Fishing

Let's Go Camping!
Friday-Saturday, June 7-8
Never been camping? No sweat! Learn the basics at this overnight event for first-time campers. We'll provide outdoor activities, dinner and breakfast. Limited gear is available to borrow. Registration required, $3 per person. Call 303-697-6157 to register.


Weed 'Em Out
Tuesday, June 11 | 6-8 p.m.
Bear Creek Greenbelt; Meet at the picnic shelter near the Stone House, 2900 S. Estes Street.
Join park staff and other area experts to learn about the threats associated with invasive weed species and the efforts being taken to combat them. Then, help remove invasive weeds from the park. Refreshments will be served. 

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Weed Em Out

Grin and Bear It
July 19 | 6-9 p.m.
This annual family adventure race involves teams of two that will compete by completing a lake crossing, mountain bike course and a run. There are two categories: adult with a youth 6-11 years old and adult with a youth 12-16 years old. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt. 

Registration: $50 

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Grin And Bear It

National Public Lands Day
September 22, 2018
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Volunteers will help park staff with a variety of park projects that could include restoration, trail work or litter removal.

National Public Lands Day

Haunted Trail Adventure
October 13, 2018
Experience Bear Creek Lake Park in all its haunted magic with an evening of ghostly trails and tales! Walk along the Owl Trail and discover critters of the night. We'll have games and fun for everyone! After your hiking adventure, warm your toes by the fire at the amphitheater and enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate. We also will have food for purchase. Costumes encouraged! Registration: $5.

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Haunted Trail

Winter Solstice
December 21, 2018
Celebrate the first day of winter with a guided night hike. Then, gather around the campfire for a marshmallow roast and celebration of the Winter Solstice that includes the traditional burning of the yule log. Please bring your own mug to enjoy a hot beverage! Registration required: $5.

BCLP Winter Solstice


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Contact Information:

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

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