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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

Cancer Survival Series: Outdoor Preparedness – Essentials for Outdoor Healing

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Outdoor recreation is more than just an A to B experience. On this relaxing social hike we’ll develop new relationships, share our favorite hacks to keep ourselves at ease and safe on the trail, and build perspective on the health benefits of the ...
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Wildflower Bonanza Hike: City Nature Challenge

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

Free by limited to 15 people. Between April 26 - 29, Boulder County is competing against other US cities in the City Nature Challenge! Which city can post the most species observations on the iNaturalist citizen science web page? Join the fun ...
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City Nature Challenge: Boulder Reservoir hike

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Boulder Valley Ranch

Between April 26 - 29, Boulder County is teaming up with Denver to compete against other 170 other cities throughout the globe in the 2019 City Nature Challenge, an international competition to see which city can post the most nature observations ...
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Caminar Para Conectar: Desata tu Super Heroe de la Naturaleza

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 12:30 PM | Wonderland Lake

¡Caminatas dedicadas a la actividad física! Búscanos en el sendero accesible de Wonderland Lake, - ver mapa aqui - 4201 N Broadway. Hay servicio de autobús SKIP. Únase al equipo de “Caminar para Conectar” y de Espacios Abiertos y Parques de Monta...
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Bird Watching and Art at Boulder Valley Ranch

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 08:00 AM | Boulder Valley Ranch

PROGRAM REQUEST DETAILS: Date Requested: 4/30/2019 Time Requested: 08:00 AM to 09:00 AM Requested Place: Lefthand Trailhed at Neva Rd & 39th, Boulder Valley Ranch Group Name / School: public hike Leader / Teacher: Kevin Smith, Mary...
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Springtime in the Rockies: Explore Boulder's Landscape through Photography

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

Spend an afternoon with Boulder's own renowned landscape photographer Christopher Brown. Explore the philosophy, aesthetics and techniques of photography, and your personal relationship with the land, in pursuit of your personal vision. Any skill ...
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KIDS: Shapes in Nature Storytime

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

What kind of shapes will we find at Sawhill Ponds? Join seasonal naturalist Vangi Fortuna for picture books followed by a short hike along the ponds. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and brin...
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KIDS Prairie Dog Town

Sunday, May 05, 2019 | 01:00 PM | Cottonwood

Nature For Kids & Parents: Prairie Dog Town Meet Debora Martin, volunteer naturalist at the Cottonwood trailhead for an adventure into the prairie dog ecosystem. Listen for their calls and watch them communicate danger. Look above for the red-t...
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Caminar Para Conectar: Desata tu Super Heroe de la Naturaleza

Monday, May 06, 2019 | 12:30 PM | Wonderland Lake

¡Caminatas dedicadas a la actividad física! Búscanos en el sendero accesible de Wonderland Lake, - ver mapa aqui - 4201 N Broadway. Hay servicio de autobús SKIP. Únase al equipo de “Caminar para Conectar” y de Espacios Abiertos y Parques de Monta...
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KIDS: Magnification Storytime Hike

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Patterns in the sand, water insects, and budding plants – let’s discover nature’s secrets up close! Join seasonal naturalist Vangi Fortuna for picture books followed by a magnification hike along the ponds. This program is designed for ages 3-5, b...
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Caminar Para Conectar: Desata tu Super Heroe de la Naturaleza

Monday, May 13, 2019 | 12:30 PM | Wonderland Lake

¡Caminatas dedicadas a la actividad física! Búscanos en el sendero accesible de Wonderland Lake, - ver mapa aqui - 4201 N Broadway. Hay servicio de autobús SKIP. Únase al equipo de “Caminar para Conectar” y de Espacios Abiertos y Parques de Monta...
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KIDS: Wetland Critters Storytime

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

What kind of animals live at Sawhill Ponds? Join naturalist Debbie Cushman for picture books followed by a short hike along the ponds to discover the answer. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather ...
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Walk on the Wild Side! Celebrate Migratory Birds

Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with a walk on the wild side at St. Vrain State Park! Open Space & Mountain Parks is teaming up with Environment for the Americas, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and other local organizations to bring you a family-...
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Wildflower Bonanza on Shanahan Ridge

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

The Shanahan Ridge trails loop through one of the most beautiful parts of OSMP. The pine forests and lush, wet meadows are thick with wildflowers and a haven for wildlife. Join a flower treasure hunt with naturalist Dave Sutherland to seek out bl...
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Caminar Para Conectar: Protegiendo el Bienestar de la Naturaleza

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Nature Center

¡Caminatas dedicadas a la actividad física! Búscanos en el sendero accesible de Wonderland Lake, - ver mapa aqui - 4201 N Broadway. Hay servicio de autobús SKIP. Únase al equipo de “Caminar para Conectar” y de Espacios Abiertos y Parques de Monta...
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Wildflower Bonanza on Shanahan Ridge

Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

The Shanahan Ridge trails loop through one of the most beautiful parts of OSMP. The pine forests and lush, wet meadows are thick with wildflowers and a haven for wildlife. Join a flower treasure hunt with naturalist Dave Sutherland to seek out bl...
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Jungle Birds of Boulder

Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 07:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

Why fly to Belize or Costa Rica when their tropical birds will come to us? Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for an easy hike into a local birding hot-spot to search for colorful migratory song birds newly arrived from the steamy jungles south of th...
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KIDS: Spring Color Hunt Storytime

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

9:30 a.m. Story Time 10:00 Color Hunt Can we find ten different colors at Sawhill Ponds? Join seasonal naturalist Ellen Orleans for story time (including foot stomping and arm flapping!) followed by a walk among ponds, with an eye out for ducks ...
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Jungle Birds of Boulder

Saturday, June 08, 2019 | 07:30 AM | Other OSMP Location

Why fly to Belize or Costa Rica when their tropical birds will come to us? Join naturalist Dave Sutherland for an easy hike into a local birding hot-spot to search for colorful migratory song birds newly arrived from the steamy jungles south of th...
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