Nature Hikes and Programs
Natural Selections is our ongoing series of educational programs on topics including ecology, wildlife, local history, night hikes, children’s programs, plus many more. All programs are free and open to the public. Please do not bring dogs.
Do you want Natural Selections sent to you by email? Join our mailing list! Select "Natural Selections" from the drop down list. You will receive a weekly notice about upcoming programs. We will not share your email address.
Teachers, scout troops and community groups can obtain free individual programs from Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalists, visit the Request an Environmental Education Program page to learn more.
Upcoming Nature Hikes & Programs
Spend the morning with Boulder’s own Christopher Brown, renowned landscape photographer, to explore a flood-impacted area of OSMP.
September’s storm dropped a huge amount of rainfall onto the city's Open Space. See a slide talk about the damage and recovery efforts.
Join a naturalist to hike the Upper McClintock trail and visit areas affected by the flood. We will provide contemplative time to absorb the changes on the land, as well as a brief overview of these events from the perspective of natural geologic change.
Prepare for the upcoming Boulder Philharmonic concert with a nature hike about creeks, featuring classical music.
Naturalist Alycia Knutson leads an easy hike at Sawhill Ponds to explore the possible effects of the September flood on local wildlife.
Insects are everywhere! A million different kinds have been discovered and more are waiting to be found. Learn about the many different habitats of insects and what makes them so successful!
Want to go faster and further on the trail than your wheelchair or ambulatory device will take you? Try out an adaptive all-terrain handcycle!
Join OSMP naturalists an informative and creative session to explore and express Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of “the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, modest and humble, things unconventional.”
Meadow Music 2014 Schedule
Mondays in June: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
Mondays in July: 14th, 28th
Mondays in August: 4th, 11th, 18th (finale)
Chautauqua Park 5:30 –7 pm
Meadow Music programs are our most popular (and very fun) education events. Children and parents join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for evenings of children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock Trail followed by 45 minutes of nature music for kids on the Chautauqua Green, by the Ranger Cottage. Best of kids ages 2-8. Meadow Music is free! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, rain or shine. Follow this link for a map to the meeting place.