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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

Passionate about Prairie? Jewel Mountain Tour

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 09:00 AM |

Journey through the prairie landscape of Jewel Mountain, one of OSMP’s more remote, diverse and resilient prairies, normally closed to the public except on staff-led hikes. Naturalists Lynne Sullivan and Dave Sutherland will guide you through an i...

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Ancient Hunting Session 1: An Introduction to the Atlatl

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

The CU Museum of Natural History and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) are teaming up for a rare cultural and educational adventure for the ages: Each educational excursion will start at the CU Museum (see link below for di...

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Ancient Hunting Session 2: An Introduction to the Atlatl

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 11:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

The CU Museum of Natural History and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) are teaming up for a rare cultural and educational adventure for the ages: Each educational excursion will start at the CU Museum (see link below for di...

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Ancient Hunting Session 3: An Introduction to the Atlatl

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

The CU Museum of Natural History and the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) are teaming up for a rare cultural and educational adventure for the ages: Each educational excursion will start at the CU Museum (see link below for di...

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Drawing and Hiking in the Open Spaces

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 10:00 AM |

Join Claudia Lastella to learn drawing techniques and what materials you will need to add some creativity to your hikes. We will be changing our focus from macro to micro and back: learning to sketch landscapes as well as flowers and other smaller...

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KIDS: Fishing Fun

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 10:00 AM | 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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White Rocks with a Wildlife Focus

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 09:00 AM |

Enjoy this easy 2-mile White Rocks tour with OSMP’s Wildlife Ecologist Heather Swanson. She will lead an exploration of this area that is so unique and special that it is ordinarily closed to visitation. White Rocks is rich in local history and ge...

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Forest Bathing in the Flatirons

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Join naturalist Vangi Fortuna to learn the restorative practice of Shinrin Yoku - the Japanese art of forest bathing - and explore the woods of Boulder. Let's enjoy a morning of relaxation as we connect with the forest and ourselves building commu...

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KIDS: After School Adventures

Tuesday, October 22, 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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP for a story time at the Ranger Cottage 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. This location is whee...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, October 24, 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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Passionate about Prairie? PROGRAM FULL

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

Journey through the prairie landscape of Jewel Mountain, one of OSMP’s more remote, diverse and resilient prairies, normally closed to the public except on staff-led hikes. Plant ecologist Lynn Riedel and naturalist Lynne Sullivan will guide you t...

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KIDS: Going on a Bear Hunt! - For Naturalists 9+

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 05:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Join OSMP naturalists on a quest to see a black bear! (We are not really hunting them...just seeking a glimpse of one.) While there are no guarantees, we will do our best to locate bear activity on our hike. The location will be announced 2 days b...

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Season of Change: Autumn Community Fire & Gathering

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 04:00 PM | Flagstaff Summit West

Share the joy of a crisp, golden Saturday evening full of stories, song, hiking, and friendship, enhanced by the warmth of a fire. Please register for the activities in ALL CAPS by clicking on their designated links below, all events finish at the...

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KIDS: Fishing Fun

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM | 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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KIDS: After School Adventures

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 03:30 PM | Sawhill Ponds

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: Bats and Owls, Orange and Black: Halloween Story Hour & Hike

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Spread your wings and call hoo, hoo, woo! At today’s story hike, we’ll read picture books about night time creatures then embark on a Halloween-themed walk, looking for orange and black and examining owl pellets. Halloween costumes welcome. Pleas...

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KIDS: Four SPOOKY Birds!

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Special Halloween Program! Throughout history and across many cultures, certain birds have been traditional symbols of Halloween. Can you guess the four spooky species that inhabit North America? Hike in the woods with Debora Martin, Early Chi...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, October 31, 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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Boulder Creek Restoration

Saturday, November 02, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

Join OSMP to assist with ecological restoration of Boulder Creek’s riparian corridor by planting native trees and shrubs and sowing native grass and wildflower seed. Restoration Specialist’s will teach volunteers why creek restoration is important...

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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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Partner Dancing with the Wild

Friday, November 15, 2019 | 01:00 PM |

With the trees as our leaders, we step into a dance with Nature! Listening to ourselves and to our partners in the Wild, we explore embodied expression through movement and writing. Let your hair down, let your breath in, soften your skin, grow ro...

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