Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival




2017 Registration CLOSED

We recommend you select all of your choices on this website and then visit the registration site.

Your registration fee covers most events; there are a few field trips and events which have additional fees.

Early bird registration is available through April 17th at midnight and all early registrants will receive a free festival T-shirt:

  • Adults: $20
  • Military: $18
  • Youth (12 and under): $15

Regular registration begins April 18th:

  • Adults: $25
  • Military: $20
  • Youth (12 and under): $18

Please complete and submit your registration by May 15, 2017 and ensure that payment is included. Field trips are ONLY open to those paying the Festival registration fee. Some trips have a limited number of participants, and may sell out quickly, so register early!

  • Registration packets and festival T-shirts will be available for pick-up on Friday, May 19th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and until noon on Saturday, May 20th at the Fountain Creek Nature Center.
  • Cancellations and Refunds: Please don’t—we want you to join us! But if you must cancel, please be aware that no refunds will be given.
  • Substitutions: The Pikes Peak Bird & Nature Festival organizers reserve the right to cancel any Festival activity or make qualified substitutions. If a cancellation is necessary, we will do our best to notify all registered participants. Please note that no refund will be issued for any cancellations. Festival changes or cancellations will be posted here on this website prior to the festival.


As an added incentive, this year all early registrants will be given a free festival T-shirt. T-shirts are available in adult sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Price: $20. Due to production deadlines, all t-shirts must be pre-ordered through the registration form online, but no later than May 2, 2017. There may be extra t-shirts available during the festival but we cannot guarantee you a shirt in your size unless you pre-order it.


Saturday’s keynote event and art auction will be from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Centennial Hall, 190 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903 (map link below). Appetizers and desserts will be served accompanied by an open bar. Keynote event reservations must be ordered through the registration form online and paid in advance.

Bill Schmoker’s keynote presentation will be in the auditorium of Centennial Hall beginning at 6:30 pm. In addition to his 24 years of teaching middle school science in Boulder, CO, Bill is an instructor for the American Birding Association, the National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and the Boulder County Nature Association. His leadership roles in the birding community include terms as Colorado Field Ornithologists president, Colorado Bird Records Committee member, and regional eBird Reviewer.

Bill has embarked on two Arctic Ocean research expeditions as a PolarTREC Teacher and explored Greenland as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. A widely published bird/wildlife photographer, author, and public speaker, Bill finds adventure and seeks new knowledge wherever he finds himself, whether gardening in his back yard, on an icebreaker at the North Pole, and everything in between. (More on Bill…)

There will also be a silent auction for the framed, original artwork featured on the festival’s T-shirt. Created by Pikes Peak Community College artist Tascha Ryan, she used pastels to create this Steller’s Jay.

Event attendees will also have an opportunity to vote by donations on artwork in consideration to be the 2018 Festival featured bird. Pikes Peak Community College art students will be present before and during the keynote event displaying their bird-themed artwork. The art piece receiving the highest amount of donations will be considered, at the committee’s discretion, as the 2018 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival artwork.

  • Keynote Event and Art Auction, Centennial Hall (map).
  • Price: $10.00 per person.