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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.
Pulling for Colorado
Sat, Jul 11
8 a.m. - Noon
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Join us for this volunteer event focusing on invasive weed education and removal. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 11
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

 

Hawk Quest 


Join us for an evening of fun and education for the entire family! A marshmallow roast will follow, weather permitting. Hawk Quest brings live birds of prey to our Learning Circle Amphitheater. You and your family will have a chance to view predator-prey relationship at close range. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!


No registration required. Park entry fee applies. 

Senior Naturalists: Watchable Wildlife
Wed, Jul 15
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Senior Naturalists is a new program at Bear Creek Lake Park this year! Participants will learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands-on education, programs and hikes. 

 

Ages: 55 and over
Fee: $5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived 
Registration deadline: Monday preceding the session 

 

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Grin and Bear It Family Adventure Race
Fri, Jul 17
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. There are two categories: adult and adult/youth (5-15 years old). Participants will receive an event shirt.

 

$20/person, $40/team


Registration deadline: Jul 16

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 18
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Endangered but Not Forgotten


Join us for an evening of fun and education for the entire family! A marshmallow roast will follow, weather permitting. Join a Park Naturalist and learn about Colorado’s endangered species. We will have pelts and skulls from several animals that need protecting.


No registration required. Park entry fee applies. 

Bear Creek Bear Cubs: Bears
Thu, Jul 23
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Join us for this new program specially designed for children ages 3-5. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs. 

 

Ages: 3-5
Fee: $5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived 
Registration deadline: Monday preceding the session 

 

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Jul 25
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Bodacious Bats 


Join us for an evening of fun and education for the entire family! A marshmallow roast will follow, weather permitting. 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. 

Senior Naturalists: Leave No Trace
Wed, Jul 29
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Senior Naturalists is a new program at Bear Creek Lake Park this year! Participants will learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands-on education, programs and hikes. 

 

Ages: 55 and over
Fee: $5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived 
Registration deadline: Monday preceding the session 

 

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Blue Moon Night Hike
Fri, Jul 31
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465
Join Park Naturalists as we enjoy an evening walk with the light of July's blue moon.

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Aug 1
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Dinosaur Ridge 


Join us for an evening of fun and education for the entire family! A marshmallow roast will follow, weather permitting. The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge will be presenting dinosaur fossils that have been found in and around the Denver area.  We will be discussing Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, Iguanodon, Utahraptor, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Learn about the time periods in which these animals lived and how they survived. After the presentation, Dinosaur Ride interpreters will take time to answer any questions you may have about fossils, prehistoric life or paleontology.


No registration required. Park entry fee applies. 

Saturday Night Campfire Program
Sat, Aug 8
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

 Bug Safari….Butterfly Pavilion


Join us for an evening of fun and education for the entire family! A marshmallow roast will follow, weather permitting. Take a trip around the bug world with the Butterfly Pavilion! Join us as we explore animals from the dessert to the rainforest and everywhere in between.


No registration required. Park entry fee applies. 

Senior Naturalists: Astronomy
Wed, Aug 12
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Senior Naturalists is a new program at Bear Creek Lake Park this year! Participants will learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands-on education, programs and hikes. 

 

Ages: 55 and over
Fee: $5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived 
Registration deadline: Monday preceding the session 

 

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Bear Creek Bear Cubs: Bodacious Bats
Thu, Aug 13
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Join us for this new program specially designed for children ages 3-5. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs and interactive programs. 

 

Ages: 3-5
Fee: $5/person/session, park entrance fee is waived 
Registration deadline: Monday preceding the session

 

 

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For more information please call 303-697-6159 or email BCLP@Lakewood.org.

Trail Running Series
Wed, Sep 2
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Lakewood Trail Running series is a series of 4 races throughout September. Races vary in distance from 4 to 9 miles, beginning and ending at Pelican Point.

 

FOR SERIES

Early registration fee: $60 for the series by September 1
Fee: $65 for series after September 1

 

INDIVIDUAL

Fee: $25 for individual race

 

Registration: online must be done in advance
Call 303.987.4807 to register day of

Bear it All Triathlon
Sat, Sep 19
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Bear it All Triathlon returns to Bear Creek Park, utilizing park trails and Big Soda Lake.

www.withoutlimits.co

Littlefoot Triathlon
Sun, Sep 20
7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Littlefoot Triathlon will take place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on September 20, utilizing Big Soda Lake and park roads/paved trails. 

www.racingunderground.com/littlefoot

Senior Naturalist: Da Bears
Wed, Sep 23
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Senior Naturalist is a program geared toward active adults! We will explore Bear Creek Lake Park and learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands-on activities.

 

Ages: 55 and over

Fee: $5/person/session; park entrance fee is waived.

 

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Bear Chase Race
Sat, Sep 26
6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Bear Chase running race is a two-day event comprising of 10k, 1/2 marathon, 50k, 50 mile and 100k races. The race will utilize most park trails. 

www.bearchaserace.com

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Service Project
Sat, Sep 26
8 a.m. - Noon

Join us for the largest national volunteer service day dedicated to parks and public lands. Lunch will be provided.

 

Ages: All

Location: TBD

 

Please register in advance.

Registration is open July 23 at 10 a.m.

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Bear Chase Race
Sun, Sep 27
6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Bear Chase running race is a two-day event comprising of 10k, 1/2 marathon, 50k, 50 mile and 100k races. The race will utilize most park trails. 

www.bearchaserace.com

Naturalist Guided Night Hikes
Sun, Sep 27
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Harvest Full Moon

 

Leave those flashlights at home for this unique hiking adventure. Guided by a park naturalist along the park's trails and surrounding green spaces, these hikes are designed for the whole family.

Each hike averages an hour and a half of walking and observing. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress for the weather conditions and bring water. No dogs please.

 

Ages: All

Fee: $2/person; park entrance fee is waived.

 

All registration close dates are the Monday preceding the hike.

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Bear Cubs
Wed, Sep 30
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Creepy Crawlers in the Fall

Join us for this interactive program designed especially for young children. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs, and interactive programs.

 

Ages:3-5

Fee: $5/person/session; park entrance fee is waived.

 

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Special Event: Live Bat Encounter
Thu, Oct 1
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Wheat Ridge Recreation Center and Bear Creek Lake Park will partner together for a live bat encounter! Learn about the benfits of bats, the need for conservation and what we can be done to help these unique mammals. There will be live bats from North America, Africa and Asia. Bring your camera!! No registration is required. Event is at Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.

 

Ages: All

Fee: $5/person (payable to Wheat Ridge Recreation Center)

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Sat, Oct 3
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Every year, COMBA and Trips for Kids invites all kids ages 6 through 14 to Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. The event includes a guided bike ride for all kids based on their age and skill level, free kid bike tunes, workshops where the kids will learn basic bike skills, bike maintenance, ecology of area and rules of the trail, a raffle, breakfast and lunch!

www.comba.org

Stonehouse Triple Cross Running Race
Sat, Oct 10
7 a.m. - Noon

The Stonehouse Triple Cross running race will utilize Mount Carbon and Bear Creek Greenbelt from 7 a.m.-noon.

www.comastersrun.org

Haunted Trail Adventure
Sat, Oct 17
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Experience Bear Creek Lake Park with all its ghostly magic in an evening of ghostly trails and tales. Walk along the Owl Trail and discover critters of the night. We'll have games and even a visit from a few "live" owls. After your adventure warm your toes by the fire at the amphitheater and enjoy roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate.

 

Ages: All

Fee: $5/person (Children under 3 are free)

Registration is required, and space is limited. There are no refunds for cancellations.

 

Registration opens Thursday, July 23 at 10 a.m.

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Senior Naturalist: Bats
Wed, Oct 21
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Senior Naturalist is a program geared toward active adults! We will explore Bear Creek Lake Park and learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands-on activities.

 

Ages: 55 and over

Fee: $5/person/session; park entrance fee is waived.

 

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Beware the Bear Race
Sat, Oct 24
8 a.m. - Noon

Beware the Bear is a 5k and 15k race utilizing Coyote Crossing and north park trails from 8 a.m.-noon. 

www.runuphillracing.com

Naturalist Guided Night Hikes
Tue, Oct 27
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Hunters Full Moon

Leave those flashlights at home for this unique hiking adventure. Guided by a park naturalist along the park's trails and surrounding green spaces, these hikes are designed for the whole family.

Each hike averages an hour and a half of walking and observing. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress for the weather conditions and bring water. No dogs please.

Ages: All

Fee: $2/person; park entrance fee is waived.

 

All registration close dates are the Monday preceding the hike.

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Bear Cubs
Wed, Oct 28
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Dinosaurs

Join us for this interactive program designed especially for young children. Participants will explore their natural environment through stories, songs, and interactive programs.

Ages:3-5

Fee: $5/person/session; park entrance fee is waived.

 

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Senior Naturalist: Winter Raptors
Wed, Nov 11
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Senior Naturalist is a program geared toward active adults! We will explore Bear Creek Lake Park and learn about the wildlife and natural history of the park through hands-on activities.

 

Ages: 55 and over

Fee: $5/person/session; park entrance fee is waived.

 Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Naturalist Guided Night Hikes
Tue, Nov 24
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Raven Full Moon

 

Leave those flashlights at home for this unique hiking adventure. Guided by a park naturalist along the park's trails and surrounding green spaces, these hikes are designed for the whole family.

Each hike averages an hour and a half of walking and observing. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress for the weather conditions and bring water. No dogs please.

Ages: All

Fee: $2/person; park entrance fee is waived.

 

All registration close dates are the Monday preceding the hike.

Registration opens July, 23 at 10 a.m.

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Winter Solstice Celebration
Mon, Dec 21
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood CO 80465

Celebrate the first day of winter with us. We will go on a short night hike and then gather around the campfire for marshmallow roast and celebration of the winter solstice that will include traditional burning of the yule log. Please bring your own mug to enjoy a hot beverage. No dogs please.

 

Ages: All

Fee: $2 per person; park entrance fee is waived

Registration deadline: December 16

 

 

Registration opens Thursday, July 23 at 10 a.m.

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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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