Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

River Campus and Raptor Center

The mission of the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center is to promote environmental stewardship and population health through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, and outdoor recreation.
Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

Latest News and Events

NOTE: As of January 1, 2018, NRCP has merged with the Mountain Park Environmental Center to become the NATURE & WILDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTER. We are in the process of updating our website to reflect this merge. In the meantime, you can learn about our activities and facilities through this website as well as MPEC’s website here!

Join us for our 2019 Earth Day Dinner celebration!

Come enjoy an evening of food and drink, a meet and greet with our resident raptors, a silent auction, and a fascinating exploration of Nature around the World with Pueblo native, mountain expeditioner, and world traveler Brenda Porter!

Click here to RSVP!

Starting November 1st, our River Campus Office and Gift Shop hours will be changing.

Our new hours will be the following:

Monday through Thursday: CLOSED

Friday and Saturday: 9AM – 4PM

Sunday: 11AM – 4PM

For fishing, biking, hiking, and picnicking, the River Campus grounds will be open seven days a week from 6:30AM to 10PM. Restrooms will be open only during business hours, but feel free to use the portable toilets along the trail on the days we are closed.

If you would like to visit our resident birds of prey, the Raptor Center’s hours will be the same:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday through Sunday: 11AM – 4PM

Our Mountain Campus Office and Gift Shop hours in Beulah will also stay the same:

Monday through Friday: 8AM – 4PM

Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

August is Approaching Fast!

Register your child today for Earthkeeper Nature Preschool – Save Your Spot!

For more information and to learn about the many benefits of a Nature-based preschool program, CLICK HERE!

Programs Guide

We have lots of great programs and events scheduled for this month!

Click here for this month’s schedule!

We also offer educational programs year-round, which you can check out on our Program Guide page.

  Past News

Merger with the Mountain Park

The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo will be merging with the Mountain Park Environmental Center to create one new organization, effective January 1st, 2018. After much deliberation, we made this decision based on our shared missions and motivations, including our goals of environmental education, wildlife stewardship, and preservation of nature. Starting next year, we will collectively be known as the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center.

The NWDC will operate out of and oversee our two locations, the River Campus at 5200 Nature Center Rd. and the Mountain Park Campus at 9112 Pueblo Mountain Park Rd. Over the next few months, we will be transitioning the NRCP’s and MPEC’s websites and contact information, and we would greatly appreciate your help getting the new name out into the public eye as we grow and improve throughout the coming years.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on the trails at our Mountain Park Campus and River Campus soon!

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Day Pass Fee Increased – Membership Fees Remain The Same

Effective January 1, 2017 our Day Pass fee increased from $4 to $5 per vehicle.  The Day Pass fee is vital for us to provide services to the public and for meeting our mission. Each vehicle brings visitors that expect clean restrooms and well-maintained grounds and this fee helps make that happen. Fortunately for our members, our membership fees did not increase in 2017.  So if you are a regular visitor, but not a member, now would be a great time to consider purchasing an annual membership, which includes free entry.  With the increase in the Day Pass fee, our membership becomes an even better value.  To learn more about our membership prices and benefits go here.

Log Jam Playground Removed

Unfortunately our beloved Log Jam Playground sustained a significant amount of damage during the major rainstorm on July 8th. Although it has survived a number of bad storms since it was erected in 1984, the damage to the playground’s foundation from the flooding this time has brought it to its end and it has been removed. But with tragedy comes opportunity. Although we had to take down the log playground, that opens up the space to design and install a new nature playground. Research shows that when nature elements are incorporated into playgrounds, kids have more fun, are more active, and utilize more motor and cognitive skills.

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We are part of Amazon Smile!

Are you an Amazon customer? Now you can donate to the Nature and Raptor Center when purchasing online at! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the NRCP! To support us, go to Amazon Smile Online and add us as your charitable organization of choice!


Donate Your Unwanted Vehicle

Individuals and businesses may donate a car (working or not) to the Nature Center through Cars Helping Charities. This organization ensures that the proceeds from your donation benefit NRCP . Cars Helping Charities will pick up your car and sell it at an auction. Proceeds are then given to the Nature Center on your behalf. Give us a call for more information.


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Want a Free Annual Membership to the Nature and Raptor Center?

Enjoy a full day fly fishing with Steel City Anglers! Pueblo’s premier guides in-struct all skill levels from beginner to pro. All gear is provided and at the end of the day we’ll hook you up with an individual annual Nature Center pass! Read more here or visit their website at