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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

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!

Introduction to Hiking – Woods Quarry

@ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join staff-guided hike to a historic stone quarry, where awesome views await. This is a moderate climb of 700 feet - one of Boulder's best hikes.

The Buzz About Bats

@ 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Learn fun facts about our gentle, helpful bat friends. See how bats live, feed, fly and more and learn the TRUTH about vampires.

Guided Hike - Royal Arch Trail

@ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hike with a group to the beautiful iconic sandstone arch above Chautauqua. This is a strenuous 1700 foot climb, but well worth it!

Rhythms of Life: Solstice Drum Circle

@ 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Join an interactive drum and rhythm circle to connect with nature, music, and friends. Many drums and instruments will be provided.

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.

Bats in the Moonlight

@ 7 to 10 p.m.

Bats! Scary, bloodsuckers that get stuck in people’s hair? Or gentle, helpful, misunderstood animals? Look for bats on a night hike with naturalists.

Wild Wildfire Hike

@ 5 to 7 p.m.

Hike to the site of the most recent prescribed fire on Shanahan Ridge with an OSMP Ranger to learn how fire can affect the forest and challenge firefighters.

Vitality of Living Spaces - CANCELED

@ 4 to 6 p.m.

Join Lynne Sullivan OSMP Naturalist and Chi Kung practitioner, for this gentle, slow meander, reconnecting to nature and the cosmos, and deeper mindfulness.

Flowers, Floods and Flocking Birds

@ 9 to 11 a.m.

Families can explore North Boulder's foothills with naturalist Dave Sutherland on an easy hike to look for flowers, birds and geology in action.

Just for Kids - nature program

Meadow Music

@ 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for a fun evening of children’s music at Chautauqua Park. Bring a family picnic.

Nature Play Date at Teller Lake!

@ 2 to 4 p.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.

Grandparents as Nature Guides for Grandchildren

@ 2 to 4 p.m.

Grandparents can be a powerful part of keeping wonder alive in their grandchildren! Learn a variety of fun activities and resources for your nature grandkid.

Cuentos Para Niños: CANCELADO

@ 9:30 to 10:30 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 McClintock!

@ 9 to 11 a.m.

Join OSMP staff for a morning of nature play! Nature Play dates offer opportunities to relax with your children in nature. Drop in!

Relaxing Through Forest Bathing

@ 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn the Japanese stress-busting technique of Shinrin Yoku - "forest bathing" - on this relaxing hike, while you soak up the calm of nature.

Guided Hike – Green Mountain Summit

@ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join OSMP staff for a steep but rewarding hike to the spectacular summit of Green Mountain. This is an all-day hike. Watch for butterflies!

Roll and Stroll Bird Watching

@ 9 to 11 a.m.

OSMP teams up with Boulder Audubon to provide a fun bird-watching field trip to people who use walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, young legs, or older legs.

Just for Kids - nature program

Meadow Music

@ 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for a fun evening of children’s music at Chautauqua Park. Bring a family picnic.

Nature Play Date at Wonderland Lake!

@ 2 to 4 p.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.

Nature Play Date on Flagstaff Mountain!

@ 9 to 11 a.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!

Just for Kids - nature program

Meadow Music

@ 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for a fun evening of children’s music at Chautauqua Park. Bring a family picnic.

Nature Play Date at Bobolink Trail!

@ 2 to 4 p.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.

Nature Play Date at Teller Lake!

@ 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.

Mornings at Bobolink: Honing a Sense of Place

@ 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Using the Field Notes method of inquiry, we will look and listen, raise questions, and track our observations at four spots along the Bobolink Trail.

Nature Play Date at McClintock!

@ 2 to 4 p.m.

Join OSMP staff for a morning of nature play! Nature Play dates offer opportunities to relax with your children in nature. Drop in!

Nature Play Date at Wonderland Lake!

@ 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.

Just for Kids - nature program

Meadow Music

@ 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for a fun evening of children’s music at Chautauqua Park. Bring a family picnic.

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!

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.

Walkin’ in the Moonlight

@ 8 to 10 p.m.

Join a family-fun hike in the moonlight to hear amazing stories and learn incredible science about the Earth's nearest neighbor.

Just for Kids - nature program

Meadow Music

@ 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and Mark Wesson for a fun evening of children’s music at Chautauqua Park. Bring a family picnic.

Nature Play Date at Teller Lake!

@ 2 to 4 p.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.

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