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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

Magnification Story Time

@ 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Join naturalist Vangi Fortuna for picture books followed by a kid-friendly hike with magnifying glasses to look for tiny nature.

Dog-Friendly Hike to Woods Quarry

@ 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Bring your dog on this fairly easy hike to the gorgeous Woods Quarry while you get a crash course in OSMP's history!

Fishing Fun for Kids!

@ 9 to 11 a.m.

This program is best for children who have never fished or have limited fishing experience. Equipment and bait will be provided.

Sunset & Moonrise Hike at Bobolink Trail

@ 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Explore Bobolink trail month by month in a series of hikes designed to focus on nature's cycles and subtle changes in our favorite spots.

Hiking as a Family

@ 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Parents and grandparents can learn fun tips and tricks for engaging young children in nature. Learn from a seasoned nature momma!

Nature Play Date on Flagstaff Mountain!

@ 2 to 4 p.m.

Nature Play Dates offer opportunities to relax with your children in nature. Drop in to enjoy the cool mountain air and run around in the pine forest!

Cuentos Para Niños

@ 10 to 11 a.m.

¿Qué está pasando en el mundo natural en el verano? Vamos a usar todos nuestros sentidos para descubrir que animales visitan estos lugares.

Nature Play Date at Bobolink Trail!

@ 9 to 11 a.m.

Join OSMP for a morning of nature play! Nature Play dates offer opportunities to relax with your children in nature. Drop in and explore. All ages welcome.

Treasures of White Rocks

@ 8 to 11 a.m.

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of geology, history, wildlife and botany at White Rocks, an area so fragile it is usually closed to visitors.

Nature for Kids & Parents: Seed Need

@ 1 to 3 p.m.

We will go on an adventure hunt to learn how important seeds are for people, wildlife and plants. Games and fun! Ages 5+.

Writing the Natural Word

@ 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join writer and OSMP naturalist Ellen Orleans to deepen your connection with nature through readings, guided writing activities, and sharing of work.

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