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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

KIDS: Nature Play- LOCATION CHANGE!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

LOCATION CHANGE: Due to overnight and morning snow in the forecast, this event has been moved to Enchanted Mesa. Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, creating, and observing signs of wildlife. Nature play is an opportunity for the wh...

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Winter is Coming!

Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Just how do our local plants and animals survive the changing of the seasons and life in the cold? Winter can be a tough time, but our resourceful species have a whole tool box of strategies for survival. Enjoy this easy hike and exploration with ...

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Art in Nature Series - Mandala Making

Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Foothills Nature Center

OSMP is joining up with Live by Living to prepare for the upcoming holiday by centering yourself through mandala making outdoors and focusing on all that you are grateful for. We will be working with natural objects, journaling, and creating than...

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Top of the World!

Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 12:30 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Come along with naturalist Dave Sutherland for a fairly strenuous hike to the top of the Flatirons for a spectacular view of Boulder Valley. We’ll look for winter birds, ancient rocks, and keep our eyes open for Nature’s winter surprises. Meet at ...

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Nature for Kids and Parents: Gobble, Gobble

Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 01:00 PM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Did you know that only the Tom makes the " gobble, gobble " sound we hear from turkeys? Learn the many terrific facts about wild turkeys while learning a song and playing games. Strut like a wild turkey in the ponderosa pines with volunteer natu...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

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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Talkin' Turkey hike (*ages 9+)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 03:00 PM | Lions Lair

This program is geared for Tweens/Teens and their families. Join OSMP Naturalists for a moderate 4 mile hike on one of Boulder's newer trails. This program is all about the wild turkey's living in the area while searching/tracking them in their...

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Trail Challenge Series - Homestead/Towhee Trails

Friday, November 29, 2019 | 10:00 AM | South Mesa

Have you experienced all of OSMP's 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 diversi...

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Art in Nature Series - Journal Making

Saturday, November 30, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Foothills Nature Center

OSMP is joining up with Live by Living and local guest artists Sue Wallingford and Nanci Feeney to lead us in making our very own nature journals. Bring layers appropriate for the weather, water, and snacks as we’ll be taking our journals outside...

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Thanksgiving Gratitude Hike

Sunday, December 01, 2019 | 10:30 AM | Hogback Ridge

Hogback loop Trail -N. boulder from the Foothills TH on the east side of Hwy 36 Join naturalist Debbie Cushman for a steep yet leisurely 3 mile hike in the foothills incorporating elements of moving meditation and Forest Bathing. We will immerse ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Realization Point

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. B...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, December 05, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

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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Trail Challenge Series - Tenderfoot/Chapman Trails

Saturday, December 07, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Realization Point

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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KIDS: Ranger Paula’s Wild Adventures - Winter Warriors

Saturday, December 07, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow on a wild winter adventure. Not all birds fly South for the winter and not all mammals hibernate. We will discover who stays and what their strategies are for survival. Children will discover for themselves who...

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Bald Eagles in Boulder’s Backyard!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 06:30 PM |

Join Ranger/Naturalist Gretchen Bolivar for a slide presentation about the resident bald eagles on Open Space! We will discuss the identification/natural history and biology of bald eagles, but the focus will be on the resident bald eagles on the...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Realization Point

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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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

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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KIDS: Animals in Winter Storytime Hike

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP for 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 detective hike to look for clues of animals. If weather is hospitable, a simple art project will be...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 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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Open Space Holiday Hike

Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Celebrate the longest night of the year with OSMP staff on a night-time holiday hike at Chautauqua. Enjoy singing holiday songs to the deer; take in spectacular views of Boulder's glittering colored lights along the way. Hot chocolate will be prov...

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