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Entering the Kingdom: A nature walk in honor of the life and work of poet, Mary Oliver Profile Photo  Sign Up Entering the Kingdom: A nature walk in honor of the life and work of poet, Mary Oliver
  Friday, September 17, 2021 |   09:00 AM

Please join Volunteer Naturalist Diane Wells at Sawhill Ponds for an experiential walk that will include readings from Mary Oliver's poetry, sharing the impact her words have had on our own lives, and practicing her "instructions for living a life...

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Escape to White Rocks Profile Photo  Waitlist Escape to White Rocks
  Friday, September 17, 2021 |   08:30 AM | White Rocks/Weiser |  Registration Required

Enjoy an in-depth easy 2-mile White Rocks tour with the specialists! OSMP wildlife ecologist Heather Swanson and geologist Sue Hirschfeld will lead an information-rich trip into this area that is so fragile and precious that it is ordinarily close...

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8th Annual “Celebrating Bird Migration” at Waneka Lake and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve Profile Photo  Sign Up 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 Profile Photo  Waitlist Welcome the Night: A Full Moon Sunset Hike
  Monday, September 20, 2021 |   06:00 PM | Flagstaff Nature Center |  Registration Required

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 Profile Photo  Waitlist Prairie Wonders: A Jewel Mountain Hike
  Tuesday, September 21, 2021 |   09:00 AM |  Registration Required

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 Profile Photo  Register Escape to White Rocks
  Wednesday, September 22, 2021 |   08:00 AM |  Registration Required

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 Profile Photo  Register Roll and Stroll: A Wheelchair/Disability Hike for Families
  Saturday, September 25, 2021 |   09:00 AM | Other Off-OSMP Location |  Registration Required

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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National Public Lands Day 2021 - Tenderfoot Trail Restoration Profile Photo  Register National Public Lands Day 2021 - Tenderfoot Trail Restoration
  Saturday, September 25, 2021 |   09:00 AM |  Registration Required

Join the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks to celebrate National Public Lands Day 2021! We invite you to get outside with your fellow community members and help restore the old Tenderfoot Trail alignment after the completion of a new sus...

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Nature for Kids & Families: Autumn Black Bears Profile Photo  Sign Up 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 Profile Photo  Sign Up 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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