Join OSMP naturalists Dave Sutherland and Jenny Natapow on a wild adventure as we explore Boulder’s vibrant tall grass prairie ecosystem, at the peak of its fall brilliance. Our prairie explorations will include a special excursion through a black-tailed prairie dog town. Through direct experience and observation, children will discover for themselves how prairie dogs communicate, evade predators, and the vital role they play in the prairie ecosystem. This adventure includes a prairie stroll, hands on learning, discovery, nature play, and a sit spot– we will sit quietly for 10 minutes (eyes peeled and senses heightened!) as we observe the wonder and excitement of a bustling prairie dog town. Meet at the South Boulder Creek trail access point on Marshall Road (just off Hwy 93, immediately south of Boulder). Map search 870 Marshall Road, Boulder, CO. Free parking is available along the public road. 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! Please bring water, snacks and lunch on the hikes.
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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.