Show/Hide

The City of Boulder welcomes your feedback. Use our Inquire Boulder customer service tool to tell us what’s on your mind.

  • OSMP Trails & Recreation
  • OSMP Visitor Info
  • OSMP Get Involved
  • OSMP Nature & Restoration
  • OSMP - About
  • OSMP Kids & Families
  • OSMP Plans & Reports
  • OSMP en Español

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

Trail Challenge Series - Homestead/Towhee Trails

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 01:00 PM | South Mesa

Have you experienced all of OSMP's trails? Immerse yourself in local lands with these OSMP led hikes where we help you design your own trail challenge and keep you motivated. As a part of the Trail Challenge Series we’ll explore the unique diversi...

Sign Up

KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, creating, and observing signs of 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...

Sign Up

KIDS: Animals in Winter Storytime Hike

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP for story time followed by a kid-friendly hike! Meet at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage for stories and then we’ll head off for a 30-minute detective hike to look for clues of animals. If weather is hospitable, a simple art project will be...

Sign Up

KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, creating, and observing signs of 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...

Sign Up

Trail Challenge Series - Hogback Ridge

Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Hogback Ridge

Have you experienced all 150 miles of OSMP trails? Immerse yourself in local lands with these OSMP led hikes where we help you design your own trail challenge and keep you motivated. As a part of the Trail Challenge Series we’ll explore the unique...

Sign Up

Open Space Holiday Hike

Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Celebrate the longest night of the year with OSMP staff on a night-time holiday hike at Chautauqua. Enjoy singing holiday songs to the deer; take in spectacular views of Boulder's glittering colored lights along the way. Hot chocolate will be prov...

Sign Up

Last Royal Arch Hike of the Decade!

Sunday, December 29, 2019 | 12:30 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Come along with naturalist Dave Sutherland for a fairly strenuous winter hike to Boulder’s iconic Royal Arch for a spectacular view of Boulder Valley and stunning photo opportunities. We’ll look for winter birds, ancient rocks, and keep our eyes o...

Sign Up

KIDS: Talkin' Turkey hike (*ages 9+)

Thursday, January 02, 2020 | 03:00 PM | Lions Lair

This program is geared for Tweens/Teens and their families. Join OSMP Naturalists for a moderate 4 mile hike on one of Boulder's newer trails. This program is all about the wild turkey's living in the area while searching/tracking them in their...

Sign Up

Owl Moon

Friday, January 10, 2020 | 06:00 PM |

Celebrate January’s full moon with a journey into the world of the great horned owl -- a powerful and mysterious nocturnal predator. Naturalist Dave Sutherland will guide you into the darkness on this easy nighttime hike in the dazzling moonlight,...

Sign Up