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Nature Hikes and Programs

Nature Hikes and Programs

Natural Selections is our ongoing series of educational nature programs on topics including ecology, wildlife, local history, night hikes, field workshops with local artists, star-gazing, children’s programs, plus many more. All programs are free and open to the public. Please do not bring dogs except for special dog-guardian hikes.

Do you want Natural Selections sent to you by email? Follow this link to 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 or send you spam!

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

Nature for Kids & Parents: Tracking Tales

@ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Tracking is exciting! It's like being a detective: you learn about animals' ways and find clues to understand their stories.


@ 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Walk under a brilliant full moon to explore the world of great-horned owls on this easy nighttime hike. With luck we'll see and hear owls!

Animal Hat Hike!

@ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wear an animal hat to story time as we flap our arms and stomp our feet to celebrate animals in winter. Then we'll take a short, kid-friendly hike.

Winter Hiking Essentials – Woods Quarry

@ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join OSMP naturalists to experience winter in all its glory! We will take a moderate hike and explore the landscape and its wild inhabitants.

The Mountain Lion: Fact and Fiction

@ 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.

What are those mysterious mountain lions really like? What should I do if I see one? Is my dog in danger? Learn the answers!

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