Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

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About

Cherished as a local landmark for many years, this stone building was originally the home of the Starsmore family. It was purchased by the City of Colorado Springs and moved to its present location in 1992. It serves as an introduction to Cheyenne Cañon Park and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife. Here you will discover activities for guests of all ages. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available for the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center and Helen Hunt Falls. 

Adult Volunteers

Teen Volunteers

Hours of Operation:

Spring and Fall Schedule, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (First Tuesday of April to Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day  to October 31st)

Summer schedule, Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

Location

2120 South Cheyenne Cañon Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Phone: (719) 385-6086 | Fax: (719) 385-6090
Questions? Email us

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Programs

These are popular large group and school programs available during the spring and fall (call about summer programs)
Our season starts April 1st and rund through October 31st   

For reservations call 385-6086/88 or email Renee.Keele@coloradosprings.gov

Download our program flyer or see below for program details.

Andy’s Animal Senses –Award winning program
(Preschool- ages 3-5)

This program introduces the children to Andy the puppet and the five senses-touch, hear, sight, taste, and smell. Children are introduced to Andy’s animal puppet friends and they learn about their special senses. This program features hands-on activities and a walk around Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center. 

2016 Colorado Academic Standards: Preschool Science: 1.1, 2.1, and 2.2 Preschool Physical Education: 1.1, 4.1

(Cost $4.00).1.25 hrs.  Minimum of 12 Children  

Nature Detectives 
(Grades K-2)

Children learn about Colorado wildlife and their specialized senses that help them survive.  Students will participate in hands on activities using their senses to discover nature in the park.

(Science State Standards 3, Benchmark A, B, C) 
2016 Colorado Academic Standards: Kindergarten  Science: 1, 2; Kindergarten Physical Education: 1.1, 1.2, 3.2; 1st Grade  Science: 1,2;  1st Grade Physical Education: 1,2,3;  2nd Grade  Science: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2  2nd Grade Physical Education: 1.1, 4.1

(Cost $4.00) 1.5 hrs. 

Tipi Raising and Ute Heritage Program/Hike option
(Grades 3-5)

This program involves pulling travois, setting up a Ute tipi and learning about the way of life of the native Ute people through these interactive, hands-on experiences. The children break up into groups learning about art and painting with yucca fronds, Ute history, passing around artifacts inside the tipi, the Bear Dance, making a glass beaded bracelet and participating in the friendship dance.

2016 Colorado Academic Standards: 3rd Grade History: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 3.1, 2; 4th Grade History: 1.1, 1. 2.2, 3.1, 4.1; 5th Grade History 1.1, 1.2. 2.2,

(Cost $9.00) 3-4 hrs.  

Ute Children Program
(Grades K-2)

The children will learn about the Ute Indian culture.   The students will have hands on experiences learning about Ute cooking, painting with yucca fronds, passing around Indian artifacts, participate in a friendship dance and make a beaded bracelet to take home.

2016 Colorado Academic Standards PreK History: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 3.1, 2; K History: 1.1, 1. 2.2, 3.1, 4.1; 1st Grade History 1.1, 1.2. 2.2, 

(Cost $4.00) 1.5 hrs.

Discover the Plant Kingdom
(Grades 5-6) Available in September and May only

Students learn the classification of plants and why other organisms are in other kingdoms.  They will begin with  a power point presentation and then sort leaves, view spores, pollen, pistols and stamen under a microscope, dissect monocot  vs dicot seeds, go into the garden looking at parts of a flower and go for a hike to view the flowering vs non flowering plants, and those organisms that are not plants.

(Cost $6.00) 2.5hrs.

Golden Prospects/Hike option (hike also for groups over 50)
(Grades 3-5)

Students learn the technique of panning for gold in North Cheyenne Creek, what gold looks like among the fools and gem hunt in gold pans and take home the treasures. .  We discuss the history of the Colorado Gold Rush in 1859; discover items from the 1800’s prospector’s pack.

3rd Grade History: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 3.1, 2; 4th Grade History: 1.1, 1. 2.2, 3.1, 4.1; 5th Grade History 1.1, 1.2. 2.2,

(Cost $6.00) 2 hrs. (With the hike- $8.00) 3.5hrs.

Golden Prospects
Summer program
(Cost$4.00) 1.5hrs.

Insects Everywhere
(Grades 1-3)

Children discover insects that lurk in the leaf litter, hang out in the trees, hide in the creek, and fly with amazing wings. They will also view our wonderful insect display in Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center.   It’s all hands-on and who knows what kind of little creature you will uncover.

2016 Colorado Academic Standards:  1st Grade  Science: 1,2;  1st Grade Physical Education: 1,2,3;  2nd Grade  Science: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2  2nd Grade Physical Education: 1.1, 4, 3rd Grade Science: 1,2 3rd Grade PE:1,2,3 . 

(Cost $4.00) 1.5 hrs.

Wildlife Habitats
(Grades 1-3)

Find out about the fascinating animals that are wildlife “neighbors” in Colorado Springs.   The students learn about the components of a good habitat and discover some animals through our habitat logs.  The children will also go on a habitat hike in our park.  

2016 Colorado Academic Standards  1st Grade  Science: 1,2;  1st Grade Physical Education: 1,2,3;  2nd Grade  Science: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2  2nd Grade Physical Education: 1.1, 4.1.

(Cost $4.00).1.5 hrs.

The Wonders of Water
(Grades 3-6)

Discover the wonders of North Cheyenne Creek.  Learn about our watershed, discover the living creatures in the creek, test the pH, and play a water cycle game.

(Cost $6.00). 2.5hrs.