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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

Choosing Your Adventure: The Boulder Trails Challenge

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 06:00 PM | Other

Need a late start to an epic resolution? The City of Boulder is surrounded by 72 square miles of protected land with over 150 miles of trails. Could you hike them all in a year? Too many miles? Not enough? Maybe you don’t have 5 straight months of...

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KIDS: Animal Hat Storytime Hike!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Wear your animal hat (or animal pajamas) to celebrate the animals of Open Space. Don’t have an animal hat? We have paper ears, horns or antlers to tape on your hat or wear on your head. We’ll begin with picture books starring bats, baby bears, and...

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Trail Challenge Series - Mallory Cave

Saturday, February 01, 2020 | 09:00 AM | NCAR

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...

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Flatiron Freddy: A Ground Hog Day Celebration

Sunday, February 02, 2020 | 08:00 AM | Chautauqua

Ground Hog day! Join city of Boulder OSMP Rangers for a celebration of Ground Hog Day and a short hike/program. Hike the Chautauqua trail a few hundred yards to meet Freddy and see if his shadow appears. We will learn how the stars above have som...

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Boulder’s Snowbirds -DOUBLE FEATURE with Flatiron Freddy

Sunday, February 02, 2020 | 08:45 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Celebrate Ground Hog day with Bird Watching! Do all the best birds fly south for the winter? No way! Some of our most beautiful—and comical—residents stay here all year long. Naturalist Dave Sutherland will lead a winter bird watching expedition ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 | 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...

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Nature for Kids & Families: Lions, Bobcats, Lynx, Oh My!

Saturday, February 08, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Fascinated by cats? Join Debora Martin, volunteer naturalist, on an adventure into the mystery of our Colorado cats! Long tail, short tail, spots, bearded, tufted ears, ghost cats? With a little understanding of these great cats and their habit...

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Trail Challenge Series - The Shanahan Figure 8

Saturday, February 08, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

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...

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Owl Moon

Sunday, February 09, 2020 | 06:00 PM |

Celebrate February’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 moonlight, suitabl...

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Mountain Lions Fact & Fiction

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 06:30 PM |

What are those mysterious mountain lions really like? Gentle oversized kitties? Dangerous man-eaters? What should I do if I see one? Is my dog in danger? Could one have been watching me? How can I tell a mountain lion from a bobcat or lynx? Co...

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