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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

Something New, Something Old, Something Fast, Something Slow

Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

When you hike in Open Space, do you expect to encounter the same scene year after year? Are the Flatirons forever? Are flowers fleeting? Can a hummingbird dive as fast as a mountain lion can run? Join us on this moderate hike to learn about fleet...

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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Park

Join OSMP and local musicians Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty, and special guests for an evening of children’s music and nature education. The program begins with a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock trail followed by 45 minutes of nature music ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 10:00 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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Sumertime in the Rockies: Explore Boulder's Landscape through Photography

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 08:30 AM |

Spend a morning with Boulder's own renowned landscape photographer Christopher Brown. Explore the philosophy, aesthetics and techniques of photography, and your personal relationship with the land, in pursuit of your personal vision. Any skill lev...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Five Senses

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP naturalists for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike using all of our senses to explore the local flora and fauna. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water,...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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Stories in the Rocks

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 05:30 PM | NCAR

If you think geology is fascinating but too technical, this is the program for you. Boulder’s rocks tell wild stories that include dinosaurs, glaciers, vast swamps, oceans and ancient mountain ranges now vanished into the dust of time. Join natura...

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A healthy mix of Sunrise Yoga and Forest Bathing

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 07:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit East

Join OSMP outreach coordinator Vangi Fortuna and yoga instructor Maddie Tyo for a program combining Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of Forest Bathing, with an all levels Vinyasa Yoga session. Let's take a moment to relax and connect with the land, ...

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Cuentos de la Naturaleza

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

Cuarto Sábado del mes (Mayo – Octubre) Los Naturalistas de OSMP estarán leyendo cuentos en español para niños pequeños y sus padres. Vengan a aprender del mundo natural y a descubrir lo que está pasando en cada estación por los senderos. Prepáren...

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TWEENS: Boulder ROCKS Rocks!

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM | NCAR

Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for a fun family-friendly geology hike for rock jocks ages 9 - 14 and parents, and explore the amazing rock layers at NCAR. Be prepared to crash like continents, flow like igneous rock, get buried in sediment, and h...

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KIDS: Ranger Paula’s Wild Adventures

Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow on a wild adventure. We will venture deep into the Ponderosa Pine ecosystem searching for signs of the illusive Abert’s squirrel. Through hands on learning, children will discover for themselves where the Abert’s...

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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Park

Join OSMP and local musicians Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty, and special guests for an evening of children’s music and nature education. The program begins with a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock trail followed by 45 minutes of nature music ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Insects

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP naturalist Debbie Cushman for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to explore the types of insects found in Boulder's foothills. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather an...

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Chautauqua History Hike

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join naturalist Debbie Cushman to explore Chautauqua's history and beauty on a summer evening. We will hike up to Wood's Quarry, passing the spot that almost housed a luxury hotel on Enchanted Mesa and back down past an old ski jump and the site ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, August 01, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit West

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great way for child...

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The Riches of Ditches Bike Tour

Saturday, August 03, 2019 | 08:30 AM |

Join Boulder historian and water resources expert Bob Crifasi for a half-day bike trip across OSMP to explore Boulder’s early history, hear about historic irrigation ditches, and the settlers who built the first farms. See how land and water manag...

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Singing with Nature's Heartbeat

Sunday, August 04, 2019 | 08:30 AM |

Singing with Nature's Heart Beat ~ Honoring the Flow of Giving and Receiving Come and be held in a gorgeous setting, walking among ponds in Boulder. We will listen to nature, and each other, with open hearts; sing with joyous bodies; and explore...

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On the Wild Side! Explore your Open Space!

Sunday, August 04, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Whether you’re new to Boulder, a long- time resident, or a short-term visitor, if you’d like to learn what makes the flora, fauna, and history of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks so unique, this hike is for you! We will take a leisurely tw...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: Sniff. Touch. Listen. Storytime and Walk

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 | 09:30 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP naturalist Ellen Orleans as we explore the sights, sounds, and scents of South Mesa Trail. We’ll start with colorful picture books— kids can stomp, wiggle, flap as we read—then head to the trail to explore flowers, insects and the creek....

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, August 08, 2019 | 10:00 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: MEADOW MUSIC FINALE

Monday, August 12, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Park

Join OSMP and local musicians Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty, and special guests for the 2019 finale of Meadow Music! Meadow Music is an evening of children’s music and nature education. The program begins with a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClint...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit West

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great way for child...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Nature's Shapes

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 09:30 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to discover the many shapes of nature. This program is designed for ages 3-6, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen, and a snack if you’d li...

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Forestry Project

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: Josh Weinstein 720-607-3481 Project Volunteers will work alongside the City of Boulder, OSMP Forestry and Bridge House RTW Crew to reduce the risk of damaging wildfire ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 10:00 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Water Critters

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 09:30 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to discover nearby water critters. This program is designed for ages 3-6, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen, and a snack if you’d like. ...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

------ Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great w...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Outdoor Art

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 09:30 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by time to create art in and from nature. This program is designed for ages 3-6, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen, and a snack if you’d like. Meet at the picn...

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Forestry Project

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: Josh Weinstein 720-607-3481 Project Volunteers will work alongside the City of Boulder, OSMP Forestry and Bridge House RTW Crew to reduce the risk of damaging wildfire ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit West

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A great way for child...

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Forestry Project

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

--- Project Site: Foothills TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: Josh Weinstein 720-607-3481 Project Volunteers will work alongside the City of Boulder, OSMP Forestry and Bridge House RTW Crew to reduce the risk of damaging...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know th...

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Forestry Project

Thursday, October 03, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

--- Project Site: Foothills TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: Josh Weinstein 720-607-3481 Project Volunteers will work alongside the City of Boulder, OSMP Forestry and Bridge House RTW Crew to reduce the risk of damaging...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know th...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know th...

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