Ranger Paula’s Wild Adventures: Kids 8 and up can join a wild adventure to explore the fascinating world of Boulder’s “herps” – reptiles and amphibians – with OSMP naturalists Jenny Natapow and Dave Sutherland. Find out about all the kinds of snakes that live around here, search for toads and turtles, see if you can find your mate using frog songs, and learn to hike like a snake. Meeting location will be included in your confirmation email. Every hike in the monthly Ranger Paula Wild Adventure series focuses on a different exciting topic. Attend two of these programs and kids are well on their way to completing their Ranger Paula Passport and earning a patch for their backpacks. To receive your patch, submit a completed passport to the Ranger Cottage and take the Ranger Paula Oath of Stewardship! Remember to bring: snacks, water, clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy (long pants recommended), sun protection, and your sense of adventure!Minimum Participants: 8
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Dave is an award-winning field naturalist with Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks department. Besides over 20 years working in the Boulder area, Dave has led outdoor education programs in Idaho, California, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. Dave is a natural science geek who uses games and activities to inspire others with his love of nature. He has been training for his job since the age of 4, when he began collecting rocks and butterflies and drawing his own bird books with crayons.
Jenny is a naturalist, writer, and photographer living in Boulder. The landscape inspires her work and she spends as much time as possible outdoors learning, exploring, and playing. Jenny is passionate about providing her daughter with a childhood steeped in curiosity, exploration, and mud puddles because she knows, from experience, that her own free range childhood is her most valuable asset.