Last Friday, I joined the 4th and 5th grade classes from Buena Vista Elementary School (full disclosure: my son goes there) for a field trip to the Fountain Creek Nature Center to see what we could see. And see we saw: butterflies, snakes, snails, birds, bugs, spiders and much more. If you haven’t been to the FCNC of late, or ever, do treat yourself to a couple of hours of and some time at the visitors center at any time of year. Riding there via the Pikes Peak Greenway on bicycle (approx. 17 miles from downtown Colorado Springs with a few strange turns, so be sure to stay near Fountain Creek) is also great fun and takes about an hour.

 

7 Responses to Field Trip to the Fountain Creek Nature Center

  1. Dixie Cole says:

    Great photos of a special place… Thanks so much,

  2. Sandra says:

    Loved the orb spider pictures! Thanks for letting us enjoy the field trip too.

  3. What a jewel of a park in every season! How long did it take for the spider to wrap its prey? The children will be talking about their field trip to such a beautiful place for a long time.

  4. Mary Heimerman says:

    What gorgeous colors. Didn’t know poison ivy was so pretty!

  5. Shannon Bevington says:

    My son, who is now 16, grew up at the summer camps there. He LOVED it! We live in Salida, CO and his grandma who lives in Widefield would keep him for a week and take him to FCNC every day! The best!

  6. Hiker gal says:

    Monarch butterflies and milkweed – how much better can it get?!

  7. Mary Ellen says:

    THIS IS AMAZING–IT MADE MY DAY.

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