Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting March 20, 2017
The Joy Ride - Family-friendly 5- to 6-mile bike ride, meet between 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St.; tinyurl.com/bzpmq8p.
UpaDowna Hikes - 10 a.m.-noon third Saturday. Registration: upadowna.org/programs.
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes - 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0104. - Get Fit in the Garden Wellness Walk, 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Register in person.
Striders Hiking Group - New members being accepted for year-round hikes on Thursdays mornings. Hikes average three to five hours round trip; Rick, 465-3690.
Nature programs at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center - 1805 N. 30th St.; gardenofgods.com. - Pikes Peak or Bust - The Gold Rush of 1859, 11:45 a.m. Saturday. - Pine Needle Basketry Class, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, $20. Registration required.
Nature programs at Fountain Creek Nature Center - 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain. Reservations: 520-6745. - Springs Break Nature Camp: Keepers of the Water, for grades 1-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 27-31, $140.
Nature programs at Bear Creek Nature Center - 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations: 520-6387. - Little Wonders: Knowing Our Noses, for ages 2 and 3, 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday, $3. - Springs Break Camp: Journey through Space, for grades 1-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 27-31, $140.
Pikes Peak District Library nature programs - Free, ppld.org. - Kids on Bikes, learn about cycling safety, helmet fitting, basic maintenance and more, 2 p.m. March 27, Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St.; 1:30 p.m. March 30, Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument; 1 p.m. April 1, Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Gallop in the Garden - 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Garden of the Gods Park, 1805 N. 30th St. Registration: gardenofgods.com/your-visit/visit2/5k-fun-run.
Two Elks Runners Club - 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays, Thunder and Buttons, upstairs, 2415 W. Colorado Ave. Run along Midland Trail; 447-9888, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Muldooniacs Running Club - 5K or 10K, Wednesdays, Homestead Trail, meet between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Jose Muldoons, 5710 S. Carefree Circle; 574-5673, josemuldoons.com.
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center - Needs volunteers for the information desk; Bret Tennis, 219-0108.
Eleven Mile - Needs volunteer naturalist to help facilitate children's craft and educational programs on Saturday mornings; Kristen, 748-3401, email park_ email@example.com.
Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center at The Mark Reyner Stables - Volunteers needed to help special-needs children and adults during their equine-assisted therapy; 634-4173, cstrc.org.
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center - Volunteers needed to work in the visitor center, grounds- keeping, leading tours and more, 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide; 687-9742.
Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.