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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, 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?  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.

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

Little Town on the Prairie


Visit a prairie dog town with naturalist Dave Sutherland. We’ll learn some amazin’ stuff about Boulder’s favorite rodent! ~

Meadow Music Kickoff Concert


Join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for a fun evening of children’s music at Chautauqua Park. Bring a family picnic. ~

Graphite Snapshots


Spend the morning with professional scientific illustrator and create your own art through step-by-step instruction and demos. ~

Jungle Birds of Boulder


Why fly to the jungle when tropical birds will come to us? We'll use Birds of Costa Rica as our field guide, and see how many we find. ~

Saturn's Rings!


Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for a trip to the stars with a telescope. Tonight’s attraction, Saturn, shows off its gorgeous ring system

Children's Story Time & Hike


Geared for three- to six-year-olds, this program features picture books read aloud, and a kid-paced nature hike to encourage observation. ~

The Moon, Saturn, and Summer Skies


Join City and County Open Space naturalists for a stunning sky show with Saturn. Special guests: Longmont Astronomical Society! ~

Rhythms of Life: Drum Circle


Join an interactive drum and rhythm circle to connect with nature, music, and friends. Many drums and instruments will be provided. ~

Adaptive Mountain Bike Clinic


Want to go faster and further on the trail than your wheelchair or ambulatory device will take you? Try out an adaptive all-terrain cycle! ~

See more upcoming events in the Calendar of Events

Meadow Music 2015 Schedule

June 1st, June 15th, 22nd, and 29th
July 13th, 20th, 27th
Aug. 3rd, 10th, 17th  (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 for 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.

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