Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. "Wildfires Where We Live," June 17. Bird banding, June 24. "Rattlesnakes Alive," July 15. Big Bear Day, July 20. Wildflower Wonders, July 22. "Natural History of the Pikes Peak Region 101," Aug. 3-19, Thurs., 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat. field trips, 9 a.m. to noon. $50. Call 520-6387 for more.
Summer Programs at Garden of the Gods Park, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Free. Daily Nature walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pike's backpack program, daily, 11 a.m. Bat Walks, Tues., 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region, 4:45 p.m. Call 634-6666 or visit gardenofgods.com for more.
The Rock Climbing Center Events, 16240 Old Denver Hwy., Monument. Offering introductory classes from $30, outdoor daytrips for $50 and climbing camps from $100. Call 719/481-9099 or visit climbingtherock.com for more.
Colorado Climbing School is offering four different weeklong summer camps on various topics. Call 322-5970 for more information.
Mountain Park Environmental Park Events, 9161 Mountain Park Road. $5. Beginning Bird Hike, June 17, 7:30 a.m. Call 719/485-4444 or visit hikeandlearn.org for more.
Trails and Open Space Coalition Hikes, Bear Creek to Buckhorn Trails on June 17, 8 a.m. Call 633-6884 for meeting locations and more information.
Wildflowers and the Woods, Catamount Institute Mountain Campus, 3168 Country Road 28, Woodland Park. Enjoy workshops, hiking and more. Sat., June 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 471-0910, ext. 105 for more or visit catamountinstitute.org.
Catamount Institute and REI Overnight Campout, location near Woodland Park. $60-$75 per family. Learn outdoor stewardship, wildlife ecology and more on an overnight campout. Pre-orientation July 11 and 13, 7 p.m. at REI, 1376 Woodman Road. Campout, July 15-16. Call 260-1455 for more.
Catamount Institute and REI Introduction to Backpacking, $25-$30. Learn backpacking basics, low-impact skills and more. Pre-orientation July 27, 7 p.m. at REI, 1376 Woodman Road. Overnight trip, July 29-30. Call 260-1455 for more.
dance parties & workshops The Carriage Stop Events, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Colorado Ballroom, Sat., June 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Country-Western Dance Party, Sat. June 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Partners not mandatory, but preferred for classes. Call 598-8624 for more.
Colorado Springs Victorian Dance Group, Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Free. Learn Victorian dance and meet friends. Partners not mandatory. Sat., June 22, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 592-1648 for more.
Ballroom Dance Classes, YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Fees include six hours of classes, and Y membership is not required. Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, fox trot, waltz and more. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., start anytime. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.
Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meetings on the first three Wednesdays of each month. Call 473-0714 for more.