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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: Ranger Paula’s Wild Adventures: The Secret Life of Trees

Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow on a wild adventure where we will listen to trees and peer into their secret lives. Did you know that trees live in a community, just like you and me? They communicate with each other too. Come discover how trees...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 | 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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Coordinating a Rescue

Friday, March 06, 2020 | 04:30 PM |

Ever wondered what to do if you ever needed to coordinate emergency response on OSMP lands? Join OSMP First Responders Jasmine Sim (Ranger) and David Ford (Recreation Coordinator) in an empowering presentation to learn tips in keeping your party s...

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Nature For Kids & Families: Animal Ninjas

Saturday, March 07, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

You can learn a lot from watching animals. Animals are sneaky, they can hide well, attack quickly to catch food and fight hard to defend themselves. Meet volunteer naturalist Debora Martin to explore the ways that animals are like Ninjas and Nin...

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Winter Raptor Watch!

Sunday, March 08, 2020 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

During the winter, Boulder is a hot spot for birds of prey: some migrate here from the very far north! Join OSMP Naturalists Dave Sutherland and Debbie Cushman to watch majestic birds of prey wheel and hunt over the prairie as we hike near Boulder...

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Owl Moon - PROGRAM FULL

Monday, March 09, 2020 | 07:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Celebrate the full moon with a journey into the world of the great horned owl -- a powerful and mysterious nocturnal predator. Naturalist Dave Sutherland will guide you into the darkness on this easy nighttime hike in the moonlight, suitable for a...

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KIDS: Shapes & Art Storytime Hike

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP Naturalist Debbie Cushman for story time followed by a kid-friendly hike! Meet at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage for stories, then we will head outdoors to create some art on the trails using natural materials found there. Snow, sticks, r...

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Wings of Spring: Waterfowl Watching

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 07:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join us to do the Duck Walk! When spring springs, thousands of water birds leave their southern homes for the breeding grounds of the north. Many stop over at Sawhill Ponds. Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for this early morning hike to spy on m...

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Music For Butterfly Lovers

Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 08:00 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

Like ephemeral pieces of light, butterflies flit through our lives, inspiring us to joy. At a pair of upcoming concerts, the Boulder Philharmonic will perform the gorgeous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto by Chinese composers He Zhanhao and Chen ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, March 19, 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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Music For Butterfly Lovers

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 06:00 PM | Other Off-OSMP Location

Like ephemeral pieces of light, butterflies flit through our lives, inspiring us to joy. At a pair of upcoming concerts, the Boulder Philharmonic will perform the gorgeous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto by Chinese composers He Zhanhao and Chen ...

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The Ghost Cats of Boulder

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 06:30 PM | Other OSMP Location

Mountain Lions: What are they really like? Gentle over-sized kitties? Dangerous man-eaters? What should I do if I see one? Is my dog in danger? Could one have been watching me? How can I tell a mountain lion from a bobcat or lynx? Could the tr...

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Nature For Kids & Families: Is it Spring Yet?

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

The air warms, the ground thaws, the trees reawaken. Did you know that some male birds signal spring and the coming mating season by getting dressed up? Play games and explore the signs of spring on a scavenger hunt with volunteer naturalist Debo...

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TRAINING: Skulldugery

Friday, April 10, 2020 | 03:00 PM |

Skulldugery - Training with Dave Sutherland Friday, April 10, 2020 | 03:00 PM - 4:30 PM OSMP staff and volunteers can join naturalist Dave Sutherland explore some of the amazing stuff you can learn about animals by looking at and comparing th...

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