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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

Thursday, May 23, 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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Wildflower Bonanza on Shanahan Ridge- PROGRAM FULL

Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

The Shanahan Ridge trails loop through one of the most beautiful parts of OSMP. The pine forests and lush, wet meadows are thick with wildflowers and a haven for wildlife. Join a flower treasure hunt with naturalist Dave Sutherland to seek out bl...
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Jungle Birds of Boulder - PROGRAM FULL

Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 07:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

Why fly to Belize or Costa Rica when their tropical birds will come to us? Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for an easy hike into a local birding hot-spot to search for colorful migratory song birds newly arrived from the steamy jungles south of th...
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KIDS: After School Adventures

Tuesday, May 28, 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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Ancient Hunting: Learn Spear Throwing with an Atlatl - PROGRAM FULL

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 05:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Join us for this rare opportunity to test your skills with an ancient spear throwing technique over 30,000 years old, used by Paleo hunters to bring down mammoths and giant bison. In this interactive program, OSMP’s Christian Driver of Cultural Re...
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KIDS: Spring Color Hunt Storytime

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

9:30 a.m. Story Time 10:00 Color Hunt Can we find ten different colors at Sawhill Ponds? Join seasonal naturalist Ellen Orleans for story time (including foot stomping and arm flapping!) followed by a walk among ponds, with an eye out for ducks ...
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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, May 30, 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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Sketchbook Exercise in the Open Spaces

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 10:00 AM | NCAR

This class can be a first introduction into a drawing and sketchbook practice or initiate new attempts in an established drawing routine outdoors. This hike is open to all generations and invites participants from ages 7 to 100. We provide drawin...
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KIDS Fishing Fun - Colorado Free Fishing Weekend

Sunday, June 02, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP Rangers and OSMP Education Staff for a two hour fishing excursion. This program is best for children who have never been fishing or have limited fishing experience. We will explore fish adaptations and behaviors as well as places to go o...
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Singing with Nature's Heartbeat

Sunday, June 02, 2019 | 03:00 PM | Sawhill Ponds

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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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, June 04, 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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Wildflower Hike With Your Dog!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Join Naturalist Debbie Cushman for a 3.5 mile loop while we look for blooming wildflowers, shrubs and trees and enjoy Open Space with our furry friends. Please bring at least a liter of water (and a way to share with your dog), good walking or hi...
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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Nature Detectives

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Bobolink

Join naturalist Joe Corporon and Ranger Brandon Garret for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to investigate the local flora and fauna. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and...
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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, June 06, 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 chil...
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Pollinator Gardening with Native Plants

Thursday, June 06, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Other OSMP Location

Natives are gorgeous additions to any garden. They need virtually no water or care and support our local pollinators. Naturalist and gardener Dave Sutherland will share information and growing tips so you can enjoy Boulder’s wildflowers in your ow...
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Jungle Birds of Boulder

Saturday, June 08, 2019 | 07:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

Why fly to Belize or Costa Rica when their tropical birds will come to us? Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for an easy hike into a local birding hot-spot to search for colorful migratory song birds newly arrived from the steamy jungles south of th...
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Entering the Kingdom: Hike Honoring Poet Mary Oliver

Saturday, June 08, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Please join Volunteer Naturalist Diane Wells at Sawhill Ponds for an experiential walk that will include readings from Mary Oliver's poetry, sharing the impact her words have had on our own lives, and practicing her "instructions for living a life...
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Stroll or Roll Wildflowers

Saturday, June 08, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit West

Wheelchair users and other people with mobility challenges will love this easy hike. Join naturalists Topher Downham and Betty Naughton for a stroll on the Ute Trail looking for spring wildflowers in bloom. Extra wheelchairs available if needed or...
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Pollinator Gardening with Native Plants

Saturday, June 08, 2019 | 04:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Natives are gorgeous additions to any garden. They need virtually no water or care and support our local pollinators. Naturalist and gardener Dave Sutherland will share information and growing tips so you can enjoy Boulder’s wildflowers in your ow...
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Gunbarrel Hill: A Prairie Treasure

Sunday, June 09, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

The grasslands at Gunbarrel tell an amazing story of farmland restored to prairie. After thirty years of replanting with native grasses, the land is now home to a vibrant plant and animal community, including uncommon ground-nesting songbirds who...
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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, June 10, 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, June 11, 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: Storytime Hike

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Bobolink

Join OSMP naturalist Vangi Fortuna for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to investigate 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, sunscr...
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Destination: Ice Age

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 05:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Twelve thousand years ago, mammoths lumbered through Boulder’s cool deciduous forests. As glaciers melted, the climate dried up and the ancient forests vanished . . . except for a few rare hidden pockets. Travel back with naturalist Dave Sutherlan...
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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, June 13, 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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Gunbarrel Hill: A Prairie Treasure

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

The grasslands at Gunbarrel tell an amazing story of farmland restored to prairie. After thirty years of replanting with native grasses, the land is now home to a vibrant plant and animal community, including uncommon ground-nesting songbirds who...
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Jungle Birds of Boulder

Monday, June 17, 2019 | 07:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

Why fly to Belize or Costa Rica when their tropical birds will come to us? Join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow for an easy hike into a local birding hot-spot to search for colorful migratory song birds newly arrived from the steamy jungles south of...
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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, June 17, 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, June 18, 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, June 19, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Bobolink

Join OSMP naturalist Ellen Orleans for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to discover the many shapes of nature. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen...
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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, June 20, 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 Fishing Fun - Led by Youth Rangers

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP Youth Rangers (youth ages 14-17) for a two hour fishing excursion. This program is best for children who have never been fishing or have limited fishing experience. We will explore fish adaptations and behaviors as well as places to go ...
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Boas, Bow Ties, and Bluebells: Drag Hike at Enchanted Mesa

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Celebrate Pride Month and OSMP’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors! Boas or bow ties, chiffon or denim, big hair or buzz cut— or a lavish glittery mix— it’s up to you. This 1.5 mile, moderately-paced hike has inclines,...
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Rhythms of Life!- Solstice Drum Circle

Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 07:00 PM | Flagstaff Summit East

Join us for an interactive, fun, and uplifting drum and music circle to connect with nature, community, and rhythms of life just after the Summer Solstice. We will develop the circle and experience it as a metaphor for the Circle of Life and our r...
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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, June 24, 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, June 25, 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- Nature's Shapes

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Bobolink

Join OSMP naturalist Debbie Cushman for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike 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, sunscreen...
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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, June 27, 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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Explore your Open Space!

Saturday, June 29, 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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