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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

Jungle Birds of Boulder - PROGRAM FULL

Monday, June 17, 2019 | 07:30 AM |

Why fly to Belize or Costa Rica when their tropical birds will come to us? Join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow 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...

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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, June 17, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Park

Join OSMP and local musicians Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty, and special guests for an evening of children’s music and nature education. The program begins with a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock trail followed by 45 minutes of nature music ...

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SENIORS 60+: Life in the Wetlands

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Bobolink

Seniors can join OSMP naturalist Betty Naughton for an easy stroll along Bobolink Trail to learn about some of the plants and animals that live in the wetlands and see why wetland ecosystems are so important. This hike is given in conjunction with...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit West

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing and observing 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 great way for child...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Nature's Shapes

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Bobolink

Join OSMP naturalist Ellen Orleans for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to discover the many shapes of nature. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing 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 great w...

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KIDS Fishing Fun - Led by Youth Rangers

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP Youth Rangers (youth ages 14-17) for a two hour fishing excursion. This program is best for children who have never been fishing or have limited fishing experience. We will explore fish adaptations and behaviors as well as places to go ...

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Summer Solstice Community Gathering

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 06:30 PM | Realization Point

Welcome summer with an evening of story, song, hiking, and friendship, enhanced by the warmth of a fire. Choose from a variety of activities, all culminating at the Green Mountain Lodge for a community fire (Fire Regulations permitting). Come earl...

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Sunrise Yoga on Flagstaff Mountain

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 07:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit East

Join local certified yoga instructors for a free Vinyasa Yoga session, where we'll harmonize movement and breath to flow from one pose to the next in one of the best sunrise spots in Boulder. This all levels class will utilize the power of nature ...

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Boas, Bow Ties, and Bluebells: Drag Hike at Enchanted Mesa

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Celebrate Pride Month and OSMP’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors! Boas or bow ties, chiffon or denim, big hair or buzz cut— or a lavish glittery mix— it’s up to you. This 1.5 mile, moderately-paced hike has inclines,...

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Cuentos de la Naturaleza

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Wonderland Lake

Cuarto Sábado del mes (Mayo – Octubre) Los Naturalistas de OSMP estarán leyendo cuentos en español para niños pequeños y sus padres. Vengan a aprender del mundo natural y a descubrir lo que está pasando en cada estación por los senderos. Prepáren...

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KIDS: Ranger Paula’s Wild Adventures

Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow on a wild adventure as we explore the varied ecosystems of Boulder's beloved foothills. Children discover for themselves who inhabits our foothills as they hunt for coyote tracks, find grasshoppers, smell Pondero...

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Rhythms of Life!- Solstice Drum Circle

Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 07:00 PM | Flagstaff Summit East

Join us for an interactive, fun, and uplifting drum and music circle to connect with nature, community, and rhythms of life just after the Summer Solstice. We will develop the circle and experience it as a metaphor for the Circle of Life and our r...

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KIDS: Meadow Music

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 05:30 PM | Chautauqua Park

Join OSMP and local musicians Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty, and special guests for an evening of children’s music and nature education. The program begins with a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock trail followed by 45 minutes of nature music ...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 10:00 AM | South Mesa

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing 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 great w...

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KIDS: Storytime Hike- Nature's Shapes

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Bobolink

Join OSMP naturalist Debbie Cushman for an outdoor story time followed by a kid-friendly hike to explore the local flora and fauna. This program is designed for ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen...

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KIDS: Nature Play

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds

Join OSMP for a morning of exploring, climbing, splashing, and observing 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 great w...

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Sunrise Yoga on Flagstaff Mountain

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 07:00 AM | Flagstaff Summit East

Join local certified yoga instructors for a free Vinyasa Yoga session, where we'll harmonize movement and breath to flow from one pose to the next in one of the best sunrise spots in Boulder. This all levels class will utilize the power of nature ...

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On the Wild Side! Explore your Open Space!

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Whether you’re new to Boulder, a long- time resident, or a short-term visitor, if you’d like to learn what makes the flora, fauna, and history of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks so unique, this hike is for you! We will take a leisurely tw...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

------ Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 08:30 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know th...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know th...

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Community Seed Collection Project

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 09:30 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

--- Project Site: TBD Parking/Registration: TBD Project Contact: TBD Project Volunteers will join staff in collecting native seed for future restoration projects. More detail will be shared once the collection date nears. Please know th...

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