Upcoming Children Programs

SEE Community Bonfire &
“Star Party” with Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSASTRO)

Fri. May 26th – RSVP Here
Enjoy views of Venus, Mars, & stars during a 1st quarter moon!
Bonfire*: 7:30pm
Telescopes: 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Fri. June 23rd – RSVP Here
Enjoy views of Venus, Mars, & stars during a crescent moon!
Bonfire*: 7:30pm
Telescopes: 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Sat. July 8th – RSVP Here
Enjoy views of Venus, Mars, maybe Mercury, and deep sky objects!
Bonfire*: 7:30pm
Telescopes: 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Public Event! Donation Encouraged:
Suggested $5-10/person

Join Sustainable Educational Experience (SEE) and Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSASTRO), for a community bonfire at the Shire (3890 Old Ranch Rd. Colorado Springs), followed by night sky observations with telescopes.   Fun for all ages!

Consider bringing camp chairs, blankets, snacks, or a warm beverage, to enjoy for comfort during your stargazing experience!

*Note: In the case of a fire ban, the bonfire will be cancelled and telescope will continue beginning at 8:30pm.

The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSASTRO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of astronomy enthusiasts dedicated to the promotion and advancement of astronomy throughout Southern Colorado. CSASTRO is a community engaged organization with over 230 active members and an active public outreach program providing over 100 hours of astronomy programs each year for the community.

Bats of Colorado
Thursday June 1st
5:30pm – 7:30pm

RSVP Required
Meet at SEE Outdoor Classroom + Garden

Adult Ticket Cost: $10
Child Ticket Cost: $5


Class Description
Bats play important roles in ecosystems from pollination to insect control, and Colorado is home to over eighteen species of bats. Join Gale Motter from Cave of the Winds to learn about the bats that reside in Colorado! This class is great for children and adults who want to learn more about these flying mammals.

About the Instructor
Gale Motter is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about bats. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and then went to work at a bat rescue and rehab for ten years at the Cincinnati Museum Center. She has been working at Cave of the Winds since 2017 where her duties include bat education.

Nature Art Summer Camp
Tuesdays + Thursdays
July 11th to July 27th
10:00am – 12:00pm

Meet at SEE Outdoor Classroom + Garden

Individual Class Ticket Cost: $25
Entire Camp Ticket Cost: $125

Camp Description:
This summer camp will focus on creating art with nature, and it is best suited for ages 8-12. Each class will have a specific concentration ranging from studying wildflowers to insects (see below for specific class subjects). Class tickets can be purchased individually or attendance to the entire camp can be purchased at a discount. The majority of each class will be spent creating nature art in our Outdoor Classroom; then we will finish with a story and snack time in the garden.

About the Instructor
Landis Wilson received her Bachelor’s in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting and a Gradate Certificate in K-12 Art Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She then relocated to Austin, TX where she met her husband and now has a 2.5-year-old daughter. Nature is a creative inspiration in her own art and life, and she has spent time coordinating and teaching Summer Art Camps for ages 5-13 in a variety of mediums. Her family relocated to Colorado this year to be close to the mountains and raise their daughter closer to nature. They have two dogs, love hiking, kayaking, gardening, exploring, and camping.

Nature Art Camp Schedule:
Tuesday July 11th 10am – 12pm : Nature Painting
We will be creating and using items from nature to paint with using mud paints! This will be an exciting exploratory process-based art class full of possibilities!!

Thursday July 13th 10am – 12pm: Wildflower Study
We will be creating wildflower sun-catchers and a Dandelion Oil Pastel/Watercolor Resist.

Tuesday July 18th 10am – 12pm: Tree Life Cycles
We will be looking at tree life cycles and recreate our own tree life cycle using watercolor and colored pencils.

Thursday July 20th 10am – 12pm: Bird Study
We will be using air dry clay and found objects to create bird’s nests.

Tuesday July 25th 10am – 12pm: Insect and Bug Study
We are going to create 3D Doodlebugs!

Thursday July 27th 10am – 12pm: Garden and Plant Study
We are going to create our own above and below ground vegetable gardens!

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