Upcoming Nature Hikes & Programs

Winter Wonderland: Life in the Cold (Virtual)

Wednesday, December 07, 2022 | 06:00 PM | Virtual

Did you know that snowflakes are classified by their shapes? That some animals live under the snow in what scientists called the subnivean world or that lakes actually “turnover” for the winter? Join OSMP Rangers for this informative family virtua...

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A Caroling Hike with Musician Jeff Kagan

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 12:00 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

A part of Winterfest at Chautauqua Park, join Kids' Musician Jeff Kagan of "Jeff & Paige" and OSMP staff for a mellow holiday hike and caroling. Expect a moderate, group stroll through the Chautauqua meadow with a handful of stops along the way to...

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Nature Explorers: Wildlife in Winter (KIDS Ages 5-10)

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 03:00 PM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

A part of Winterfest at Chautauqua Park, join Naturalist Jessie on this family-friendly hike to explore how plants & animals survive the winter in different ecosystems. Make memories while playing kid-oriented nature games and learning the nature ...

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A Trail Less Traveled: Social Hike at Joder

Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 10:00 AM | Buckingham Park

OSMP is so much more than Chautauqua! Hike with naturalist Ellen on the west end of the Joder Ranch trail. We’ll branch off the main trail, visit an old quarry site, and enjoy a fantastic view at the top. This is an easy to moderate hike with ...

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Enchanting Ecology: Winter Edition

Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 12:30 PM | Enchanted Mesa

A part of Winterfest at Chautauqua Park, join OSMP Naturalist Devyn on this family-friendly hike to explore the superpowers of the ponderosa pine forest ecosystem in winter. Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland of snowy ponderosas while learnin...

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StoryTime: Animal Hat Hike (KIDS Ages 3-6)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 11:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Wear your favorite animal hat and join naturalist Ellen Orleans for story time. Our reading time will include arm flapping, finger snow falling, and foot stopping, followed by nature detective sleuthing on a kid-friendly hike. If you don’t have an...

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A Caroling Hike with Jeff and Paige

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 04:00 PM | Bobolink

Join Kids' Musician Jeff Kagan of "Jeff & Paige" and OSMP staff for a mellow holiday hike and caroling. Expect a moderate, group stroll through the Chautauqua meadow with a handful of stops along the way to sing some holiday favorites. Don't know ...

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Burning Stories of the Night Sky

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 05:30 PM | Teller Farm South

Appearing in the mid-1800s the Geminids’ meteor shower was roughly 20 meteors per hour, now it is nearly 120 meteors per hour! See and find out more about the shower on this short walk with some of Boulder’s Park Rangers. We will then gather and l...

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Recovery and Wellness Series: A Social Hike

Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 09:00 AM | Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

Geared towards those in recovery, join OSMP, recovery coach Brian Klink, and recovery veteran Jim Veraldi and come along a social hike with peers. The holiday season can be stressful for many. On this hike there will be plenty of time to meet new ...

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Trail Challenge Series: Anemone Loop

Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 10:00 AM | Centennial

The Anemone Loop Trail is OSMP’s newest trail and provides unique views of the Boulder area. Now is your chance to experience the trail through a guided OSMP hike! Join OSMP Recreation Coordinator, Dakota Anderson, on this moderately strenuous (4 ...

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Out in Nature: Winter Wellness (LGBTQIA+)

Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 02:00 PM | Marshall Mesa

As nature slows down in the winter season, we need to slow down too. Join Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalists for a mindful hour and a half hike on gentle terrain, the chance to connect and process with community, and the opportunity to conn...

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Nature for Kids & Families: Deer Family

Sunday, December 18, 2022 | 01:00 PM | Shanahan Ridge / Lehigh

With two toes and sometimes a bright red nose, deer stay here all winter long. Join volunteer naturalist Debora Martin in looking for deer signs and identifying the things deer need to "weather out" a Colorado winter. Plan to dress warmly and br...

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Solstice Forest Bathing

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

Seize the daylight! Join Naturalist Kelly in celebrating the winter solstice on a gentle, introduction to forest bathing hike from McClintock Lower to the Enchanted Mesa Trail. You are invited to forge a deeper connection with nature to support yo...

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A Nature Play Date (KIDS- All Ages)

Thursday, December 29, 2022 | 10:00 AM | Enchanted Mesa

At a time when the world is moving faster than ever, it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature. Bring it back to the basics at a Nature Play Date. Play Dates offer an opportunity for kids and their parents to have unstructured time in nature, ful...

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