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
Please call the visitors center at 303.697.6159 for more information.
Adult Nature ExplorersAges 18 and upParticipants 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 (registration opens April 25 at 10 a.m.):June 13 - BatsJuly 18 - Birds of Bear Creek
Bear CubsAges 3-5Join 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 (registration opens April 25 at 10 a.m.):June 6 - Terrific TreesJuly 11 - Colors in Nature
Campfire ProgramsAll agesRoasting 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 (registration opens April 25 at 10 a.m.):June 15 - Campfire StoriesJune 22 - Firemen and WildfiresJune 29 - Bats of Bear CreekJuly 6 - Falcon Frenzy (with live animals)July 13 - Stars and Their StoriesJuly 20 - Carnivores of ColoradoJuly 27 - Colorado Snakes (with live animals)August 3 - End of Season Party
Guided Night HikesAll agesLeave 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
Nature HikesAll agesHike 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 (registration opens April 25 at 10 a.m.):June 15 - William F. Hayden Park on Green MountainJuly 6 - Bear Creek GreenbeltAugust 10 - Bear Creek Lake Park
Ice Fishing 101Saturday, January 26 | 8 a.m.-noonLearn 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.
Volunteer Open HouseWednesday, 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:
Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center15600 W. Morrison Road
Earth Day Volunteer Project Saturday, April 27 Bear Creek Lake ParkCelebrate 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!
Fishing TournamentSaturday, 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.
National Trails DaySaturday, June 1Bear Creek Lake ParkCelebrate 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.
Let's Go Fishing!June 1 | 9 a.m.-noonThe 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 (registration opens April 25 at 10 a.m.)
Let's Go Camping!Friday-Saturday, June 7-8Never 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 OutTuesday, 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.
Grin and Bear ItJuly 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 (registration opens April 25 at 10 a.m.)
National Public Lands DaySeptember 22, 2018National 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.
Haunted Trail AdventureOctober 13, 2018Experience 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.
Winter SolsticeDecember 21, 2018Celebrate 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.