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Nature Hikes and Programs

Nature Hikes and Programs

Natural Selections is our ongoing series of educational nature-based programs on a variety of topics including ecology, wildlife, safety, local history, night hikes, art hikes, stargazing, and programs designed specifically for children. All programs are free and open to all. (But please don't bring your dog.)

Would you like Natural Selections sent to you by email? Join our mailing 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: Sign up for free individualized programs from Open Space and Mountain Parks staff. Visit the Request an Environmental Education Program page to learn more!

Also, 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. 

COVID Safety for OSMP Programs:

  1. Wearing a face covering outdoors is no longer required by Boulder County.
  2. Boulder County Public Health still recommends wearing a face covering outdoors if 6 feet of social distance from non-household members cannot be maintained. Learn more at: Boulder County Public Health Updates Facial Covering Order to Remove Outdoor Requirements.
  3. In order to help keep our programs safe, if you have any of these symptoms please stay home.

We will look forward to seeing you at a future program soon.

Upcoming Nature Hikes & Programs

Recovery and Wellness Series

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 09:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Geared towards those in recovery, join David Ford, from OSMP, recovery coach Brian Klink, and recovery veteran Jim Veraldi to learn about the value of local nature from a recovery perspective, and experience how these lands and inhabitants help gi...

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Nature for Kids & Families: Bushels of Bugs

Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 10:00 AM |

Insects are everywhere! A million different kinds have been discovered and more are waiting to be found. Learn why insects are so successful and important. Meet volunteer naturalist Debora Martin at the Lehigh Street entrance to Shanahan Ridge, ...

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Wander with the Warblers: A Playful Birding Program

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 07:30 AM | Bear Canyon

Let your playful-self fly and soar today as we honor World Migration Day. Birds have the power to connect us with nature, each other and ourselves. All we need to do is slow down and notice the winged beings in our presence. Join naturalist Jenny...

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Community Connections Hike

Friday, May 21, 2021 | 05:00 PM |

Spring is here! Changing scenery, warming weather, and new life make the spring months a fantastic time to be out on the trails. Join OSMP Outreach Coordinator Dakota Anderson and your fellow community members on this social hike, making new frien...

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A World Migratory Bird Day Exploration

Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 07:30 AM |

Let your playful-self fly and soar today as we honor World Migration Day. Birds have the power to connect us with nature, each other and ourselves. All we need to do is slow down and notice the winged beings in our presence. Join naturalist Jenny...

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Outdoors for All Reading and Discussion Series: Trace, by Lauret Savoy

Monday, May 24, 2021 | 06:00 PM | Virtual location (from home)

Join Education & Outreach Coordinator, Casey Bries, in reviewing Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape in which Lauret Savoy explores human relationship to land and place. This month’s discussion will focus on the following prom...

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Your Place in the Universe: Total Lunar Eclipse! (Self-Guided)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 03:45 AM |

On May 26 we will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon. That happens when the shadow of the Earth completely covers the Moon, often lighting it with an eerie reddish glow. A total lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon, when the Eart...

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Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty on OSMP: Collage

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 09:00 AM |

Join naturalist Jane Larson for an informative and creative program to explore and express Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, modest and humble, things unconventional. Participants will...

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