Upcoming Nature Hikes & Programs

8th Annual “Celebrating Bird Migration” at Waneka Lake and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve

Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 01:00 PM | Other Off-OSMP Location

Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place! See a live birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars. Learn about migration, marshes and the role avian friends play in our lives. Enjoy g...

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Welcome the Night: A Full Moon Sunset Hike

Monday, September 20, 2021 | 06:00 PM | Flagstaff Nature Center

September’s full moon presents us with a unique hiking opportunity - a sunset over the continental divide and an almost simultaneous moonrise over the great plains. Join OSMP Recreation Coordinator, Dakota Anderson, to experience the beauty of bot...

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Prairie Wonders: A Jewel Mountain Hike

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 09:00 AM |

Journey through the prairie landscape of Jewel Mountain, one of OSMP’s more remote, diverse and resilient prairies, normally closed to the public except on staff-led hikes. Plant ecologist Lynn Riedel and volunteer naturalist Lynne Sullivan will g...

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Escape to White Rocks

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 08:00 AM |

Experience the beauty and mystery of nature at Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks' White Rocks, where natural forces have created a unique environment available to the public through guided hikes. Join OSMP naturalist Casey Bries for a 2 mile h...

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Roll and Stroll: A Wheelchair/Disability Hike for Families

Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 09:00 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location

Join Pam Christy with PEAK and OSMP's Mark Davison and Topher Downham for a spectacular hike at Colorado Spring's Garden of the Gods. We will begin at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. At 9 am we will gather for coffee and treats o...

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Nature for Kids & Families: Autumn Black Bears

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 09:30 AM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

Suddenly summer passes into Autumn, the days shorten, the temperature drops. This is the season that the Black Bear ambles through, consuming 20,000 calories a day, often feeding beyond the daylight hours, seeking more food than sleep. There will ...

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Chautauqua History Hike

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 04:00 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Join Naturalist Debbie Cushman to learn about the fascinating history of Chautauqua Park and its beginning as a National Historic Landmark in Boulder. We will hike through the park past the old Bachelder Ranch house, the auditorium and many origin...

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Last Minute Astronomy: Saturn's Rings and Beyond

Friday, October 01, 2021 | 08:15 PM | Other Off-OSMP Location

One night only! First available clear sky night either October 1st OR 2nd from 8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. The rings and moons of Saturn through a telescope: guaranteed to blow you away! Spend a clear night exploring the planet Saturn as well as oth...

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Recovery and Wellness Series: Celebration of Recovery

Saturday, October 02, 2021 | 02:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Geared towards those in recovery, join David Ford, from OSMP, recovery coach Brian Klink, and recovery veteran Jim Veraldi for an afternoon strengthening our community and connection to life around us. Bring your art and hobbies that help you stay...

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Last Minute Astronomy: Saturn's Rings and Beyond

Saturday, October 02, 2021 | 08:15 PM | Other Off-OSMP Location

One night only! First available clear sky night either October 1st OR 2nd from 8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. The rings and moons of Saturn through a telescope: guaranteed to blow you away! Spend a clear night exploring the planet Saturn as well as oth...

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Canning: You CAN survive a zombie apocalypse!

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 | 07:00 PM | Virtual location (from home)

Have you ever thought about preserving your own food for the winter? Join Ranger Dave Gustafson to see how simple it can be to prepare and preserve food though the process of canning, and how Open Space and Mountain Park’s agricultural heritage he...

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Autumn on Flagstaff Mountain: A colorful hike

Friday, October 08, 2021 | 04:00 PM | Flagstaff Nature Center

As the poet William Watson once wrote about autumn, “O be less beautiful or be less brief.” Fall is a special, fast paced time in Boulder. The plants and trees change rapidly, animals scurry around preparing for winter, and the season holds some o...

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Last Minute Astronomy: Saturn's Rings and Beyond

Friday, October 08, 2021 | 08:15 PM | Boulder Valley Ranch

One night only! First available clear sky night either October 8th OR 9th from 8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. The rings and moons of Saturn through a telescope: guaranteed to blow you away! Spend a clear night exploring the planet Saturn as well as oth...

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Your Place in the Universe: First Magnitude (Self-Guided)

Friday, October 08, 2021 | 10:00 PM | Other OSMP Location

Time: Evening after 10:00pm Location: East Boulder or any place with a great view of the night sky. Optional Materials: A sky chart or a smartphone with your favorite night sky or star app downloaded to help you identify stars and planets be...

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Recovery and Wellness Series: Nature & Recovery

Saturday, October 09, 2021 | 02:00 PM | 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 giv...

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Last Minute Astronomy: Saturn's Rings and Beyond

Saturday, October 09, 2021 | 08:15 PM | Boulder Valley Ranch

One night only! First available clear sky night either Octover 8th OR 9th from 8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. The rings and moons of Saturn through a telescope: guaranteed to blow you away! Spend a clear night exploring the planet Saturn as well as oth...

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Where are the Bears?

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 08:30 AM | Devils Thumb Access

The bears are where the food is! This time of year it’s mostly all bears think about as they stay busy putting on enough fat to last through the winter. Hear how bears get ready for their long winter sleep. We’ll look for bear sign and also hear a...

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Stones and Homes: An Enchanted History Hike

Sunday, October 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

What do an old quarry, 100+ year old graffiti, a romantic story about an old cabin, and John Philip Sousa have in common? They’re all part of the colorful and dramatic history the lands of OSMP. Join OSMP Naturalist Ellen Steiner on this easy-to-...

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Recovery and Wellness Series: Conscious Reconnection on the Farm

Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 09:00 AM | Other OSMP Location

A program geared towards those in recovery, join us for a morning at Light Root Community farm - a regenerative, draft-horse powered farm and dairy located on 60 acres of Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) farmland in Boulder, CO. Join OSMP nat...

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The Flatirons: Icons of Boulder

Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 09:30 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

The Flatirons serve as the iconic backdrop of Boulder and the centerpiece of Open Space & Mountain Parks. These striking formations have attracted scores of adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts for generations. Join OSMP Recreation Coordinator...

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A Homestead History Hike

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 09:00 AM | South Mesa

Join naturalist Debbie Cushman for an adventure back in time and discover the history of the homesteads and their dwellers in the South Boulder foothills area. We will explore the remains of some properties as well as the still standing historic c...

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