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:
- Wearing a face covering outdoors is no longer required by Boulder County.
- 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.
- 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
Sunrise Yoga: the power of connection
Saturday, June 19, 2021 | 08:00 AM | Flagstaff Sunrise Amphitheater
Join local certified yoga teacher Maddie Tyo 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 ...
Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff with Creativity Alive
Saturday, June 19, 2021 | 07:00 PM | Flagstaff Sunrise Amphitheater
Please join us for a Mmmwhahsome! celebration of the Solstice with Creativity Alive at Flagstaff's Sunrise Amphitheater. Enjoy live music and dance performance, and live painting, then join in, as you feel inspired, in a participatory, creative ex...
Father's Day Fun: The Magical Forest
Sunday, June 20, 2021 | 10:00 AM | McClintock Lower
Fathers, families, and caretakers, join OSMP naturalist Jenny Natapow on a wild adventure, as we explore our local forest and learn its secrets. Through hands-on sensory exploration, children will discover who inhabits our foothills as they search...
Your Place in the Universe: Summer solstice activity! (Self-guided)
June 20 marks this year’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. On this day, the sun is as far north as it will get. Henceforth it will appear to move southward, and the days will shorten until Winter Solstice in December: an “eternal” osc...
Save Enchanted Mesa! A history hike
Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 09:30 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage
Blue lines, bake sales and luxury resorts- there is no shortage of stories to tell about beautiful Enchanted Mesa! Join OSMP Education & Outreach Coordinator, Casey Bries, for this 2-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation gain. We will begin at the ...
Outdoors for All Reading and Discussion Series: "Green Deen" by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
Monday, June 28, 2021 | 06:00 PM | Virtual location (from home)
Join Education & Outreach Coordinator, Casey Bries, in reviewing Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet in which Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research and scripture to better understand the connections between Islamic teachings...
Kids' Fishing is Fun!
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 09:00 AM | Sawhill Ponds
Join OSMP Rangers and Youth Rangers 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 on OSMP ...
Rollin into the Sunset: A mountain bike tour
Thursday, July 01, 2021 | 06:30 PM | Left Hand
Join OSMP Rangers and cruise 5-6 miles of single track and crusher-fine trails learning about the prairie and its history. Explore and find evidence proving it was once an inland sea. Learn its plants, animals and how its managed today.