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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!

Visit the new Environmental Education Virtual Learning Database. It contains high quality, largely bilingual content from organizations like ours from across the state. You can search by grade, subject, topic and more! Plus, all content is designed to be easily shared with students learning at home. 

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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

Discover your Inner Artist through Photography

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM |

Allow your inner artist to come out with a morning photographing along South Boulder Creek. We will talk a lot about the aesthetic aspects of taking a photograph, the psychology and physiology of vision, the philosophy of photography, and various ...

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Homestead History Hike

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 09:00 AM |

Join naturalist Debbie Cushman for an adventure back in time and discover the history of the homesteads and their dwellers in the South Boulder foothills area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will explore the remains of some propertie...

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

Friday, November 13, 2020 | 04:00 PM |

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. Plan on a moderate 2 to 2.5 mile hike m...

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Homestead History Hike

Sunday, November 15, 2020 | 10:00 AM |

Join naturalist Debbie Cushman for an adventure back in time to discover the history of 19th/20th century homesteads in the South Boulder foothills areas. We will explore their remains while hearing tales of old along our journey. Come hear the st...

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Chautauqua History Hike

Friday, November 20, 2020 | 11:00 AM |

Join naturalist Debbie Cushman to explore Chautauqua's rich history and beauty. We will hike up to Wood's Quarry, passing the location that almost housed a luxury hotel on Enchanted Mesa and head back down past an old ski jump near the site of the...

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