Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. "Big Bear Day," July 20. "Wildflower Wonders," July 22. Dog Days Art Celebration, Aug. 5. "A Step Into Zebulon Pike's World," Aug. 19. Eat-A-Bug! Aug. 26. "Natural History of the Pikes Peak Region 101," Aug. 3-17, Thurs., 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat. field trips, Aug. 5-19, 9 a.m. to noon. $50. Call 520-6387 for more.
Starsmore Discovery Center Events, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road. Featuring free Wednesday Guided Hikes, 6:30-9 p.m. Chamberlain from La Veta Trailhead, July 26. Free climbing wall available Tues.-Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. Children's programs also available. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org 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.
Tuesday Night Birding, various venues. Presenting a weekly bird watching group. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Red Rock Canyon, July 25. Fountain Creek Nature Center, Aug. 1. Bear Creek East, Aug. 8. Call 964-7826 for more.
The Nature Conservancy at Aiken Canyon Preserve Guided Botany Hike, 3350 Turkey Canyon Ranch Road. Free. Take a hike along Aiken Canyon's trail system with a Pikes Peak Community College botanist to admire Colorado's flora. Sat., July 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 576-4336 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 E. Woodmen Road. Overnight trip, July 29-30. Call 260-1455 for more.
dance parties & workshops The Carriage Stop Events, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Country Western Dance Party, Sat., July 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Partners not mandatory, but preferred for classes. Call 598-8624 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.
Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Must have a partner. Beginning Aug. 8; Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Call 598-2885 to register or visit broadmoorwaltzclub.com.