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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

KIDS: Nature Play *LOCATION CHANGE*

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit West

Due to potentially harmful blue-green algal blooms, this Nature Play event has been moved from Sawhill Ponds to Flagstaff Summit West. Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, and observing wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the...

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KIDS Fishing Fun

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 05:00 PM | Sawhill Ponds

Learn to fish with OSMP naturalist and angler extraordinaire Vijay Viswanathan. This program is best for children who have never been fishing or have limited fishing experience. Equipment and bait will be available, but feel free to bring your own...

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Sunrise Yoga on Flagstaff Mountain

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 07:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit East

Join local certified yoga instructors for a free Vinyasa Yoga session, where we'll harmonize movement and breath to flow from one pose to the next in one of the best sunrise spots in Boulder. This all levels class will utilize the power of nature ...

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Cuentos de la Naturaleza

Saturday, August 24, 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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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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Escape to White Rocks - PROGRAM FULL

Friday, August 30, 2019 | 07:30 AM |

Enjoy an easy 2-mile hike to see the White Rocks, an area both fragile and precious, open to the public through guided hikes. This hike will include a geology story as seen in the rocks, an exploration of several microhabitats and a short cliff-to...

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KIDS: After School Adventures *LOCATION CHANGE*

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 | 03:30 PM | Enchanted Mesa

Due to potentially harmful blue-green algal blooms, this After School Adventures event has been moved from Sawhill Ponds to Enchanted Mesa. Join OSMP for an afternoon of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. After School Adven...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Outdoor Games

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Wonderland Lake

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike and outdoor games. 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. Please meet at t...

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Seasonal Changes: SPARK hike for People with Early Memory Loss

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 | 10:00 AM |

This hike gives people with early memory loss and their caregivers the opportunity to be outside together, enjoying the land and all it has to offer. Join Open Space & Mountain Parks naturalists Rebecca Trafton and Jim Watkins to explore how seas...

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Wabi Sabi: Subtle Beauty

Thursday, September 05, 2019 | 09:00 AM |

Wabi sabi is the Japanese aesthetic that recognizes and values beauty in the passage of time, the simple, humble, and authentic. It is a state of mind arising from isolation in a serene and peaceful setting. Take a walk through the forest on Flags...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, September 05, 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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Women-Trans*-Femme Trail Day

Saturday, September 07, 2019 | 08:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks as we host the first of what we hope will be many more trail “micro-engagements” to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors! This gender-inclusive event will help construct a new, su...

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KIDS: After School Adventures

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 03:30 PM | Flagstaff Summit West

Join OSMP for an afternoon of exploring, climbing, and observing wildlife. After School Adventures is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural world. A gre...

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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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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Seeds & Agriculture

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Wonderland Lake

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to look for seeds and learn about agriculture . 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...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, September 12, 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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Flagstaff Trash Bash

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 04:30 PM | Flagstaff

Join us for the 20th Annual Flagstaff Trash Bash on Thursday, Septmber 12 at 4:30pm. This is a community clean-up effort co-hosted by Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC), Boulder Climbing Community (BCC), and Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP). We ...

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KIDS: Nature at Night - Ranger Paula’s Wild Adventures

Friday, September 13, 2019 | 07:30 PM | Sawhill Ponds

As a spooky full moon rises over the land, join naturalist Dave Sutherland for a wild adventure into the mysterious world of nocturnal animals. Explore your senses in the darkness: listen like a bat, smell like a moth, feel with your whiskers and ...

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Something New, Something Old, Something Fast, Something Slow

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Something New, Something Old, Something Fast, Something Slow: The Dynamic Landscape of OSMP 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 mountain...

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KIDS: Black Bear's Autumn

Sunday, September 15, 2019 | 01:00 PM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Nature for Kids & Parents: Black Bear's Autumn Suddenly, summer passes into autumn, the days shorten, the temperature drops. This is the season that the Black Bear ambles through, consuming 20,000 calories per day, often feeding beyond the dayli...

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KIDS: After School Adventures

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 03:30 PM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for an afternoon of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife. After School Adventures is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, discover, and observe the natural w...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Magnification

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Wonderland Lake

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike. 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. Please meet at the trailhead. Thi...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, September 19, 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: After School Adventures

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 03:30 PM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP for an afternoon of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing wildlife along the Lower McClintock Trail. After School Adventures is an opportunity for the whole family to connect with nature. Enjoy using your imagination to build, di...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Nature Detectives

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Wonderland Lake

Join OSMP for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike. 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. Please meet at the trailhead. Thi...

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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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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, September 26, 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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Cuentos de la Naturaleza

Saturday, September 28, 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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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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