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Nature Hikes and Programs

Nature Hikes and Programs

COVID19 cancellations: All OSMP public programs, including Voice and Sight Tag Program education classes, nature hikes and education programs are canceled. Learn more about city-related COVID19 closures. Other OSMP-related closures can be viewed at OSMP.org.

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: Signs of Spring Storytime and Kids Hike - CANCELED

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Celebrate the arrival of spring and the joy of Mother Earth with naturalist Ellen Orleans. We will read spring-themed picture books, adding our own animal noises, splash sounds, and wing flapping! Next we’ll head off for a half-hour hike to look l...

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KIDS: Nature Play - CANCELED

Thursday, April 16, 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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OLDER ADULTS: Try Out Fly Fishing - CANCELED

Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 01:00 PM |

Join naturalist and fly-fisherman Vijay Viswanathan for a fly-fishing experience! New anglers will learn and practice the skills necessary to take part in a popular Colorado pastime, and get an introduction to topics such as fly fishing history, r...

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Mystic Mountains: A Musical Journey - CANCELED

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 02:00 PM | NCAR

When the Boulder Philharmonic plays Alan Hovhaness’s 2nd Symphony: Mysterious Mountain at its next concert, it will transport your mind to far away places and spectacular vistas. Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a free pre-concert nature h...

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OLDER ADULTS: The Plant Families of Wonderland Lake

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 09:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

Join naturalist and semi-retired herbalist Karen Churnside for an easy walk as we learn about the plants growing in and near Wonderland Lake. Using the idea of plant families we will meet, greet, and learn about our plant neighbors and observe th...

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KIDS: Earth Day Storytime Hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP in celebrating Earth Day! This program will begin with a 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 hike. If weather is inhospitable, a simple art...

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Mystic Mountains: A Musical Journey - CANCELED

Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM | NCAR

When the Boulder Philharmonic plays Alan Hovhaness’s 2nd Symphony: Mysterious Mountain at its next concert, it will transport your mind to far away places and spectacular vistas. Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a free pre-concert nature h...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, April 28, 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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OLDER ADULTS: Wildflowers & More: Signs of Spring

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Enjoy a peaceful and gentle walk in Boulder's Open Space Mountain Parks with naturalist Brigid Sanner to observe the magical changes as spring arrives. The earth is awakening from winter's slumber, birds are returning Colorado's Front Range, flowe...

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National Trails Day 2020

Saturday, June 06, 2020 | 08:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for National Trails Day 2020 where volunteers will help kickoff construction of a new, sustainable reroute of the Tenderfoot Trai!. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect valuabl...

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Tenderfoot Reroute - Trail Volunteer Event

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for this fun and informative event where volunteers will help construct of a new, sustainable reroute of the Tenderfoot Trail. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect valuable res...

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Fern-Mesa Reroute - Trail Volunteer Event

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for this fun and informative event where volunteers will help construct of a new, sustainable reroute of the Mesa & Fern Canyon Trails. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect val...

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Tenderfoot Reroute - Trail Volunteer Event

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for this fun and informative event where volunteers will help construct of a new, sustainable reroute of the Tenderfoot Trail. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect valuable res...

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Fern-Mesa Reroute - Trail Volunteer Event

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for this fun and informative event where volunteers will help construct of a new, sustainable reroute of the Mesa & Fern Canyon Trails. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect val...

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Tenderfoot Reroute - Trail Volunteer Event

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for this fun and informative event where volunteers will help construct of a new, sustainable reroute of the Tenderfoot Trail. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect valuable res...

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Tenderfoot Reroute - Trail Volunteer Event

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for this fun and informative event where volunteers will help construct of a new, sustainable reroute of the Tenderfoot Trail. This project will improve trail sustainability and protect valuable res...

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National Public lands Day 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 08:00 AM |

Join City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks for National Public Lands Day 2020 where volunteers will help construct or maintain an OSMP trail. The project will involve hiking over uneven terrain, bending, lifting up to 25lbs, and using gener...

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