Boulder, Outdoors

Hike. Learn. Get Outside With Your Family With Boulder’s Natural Selections

Photo credit: City of Boulder
Photo credit: City of Boulder

Get to know Boulder. Get to know Boulder better. I bet you will learn something new if you participate in the Natural Selections hikes/events. Natural Selections is the City of Boulder’s ongoing series of educational nature programs on topics including ecology, wildlife, local history, night hikes, children’s programs, plus many more. These programs happen year around and are free and open to the public.

Take a look at these great upcoming hikes & programs for families:

Family Wildlife Program
Sat. Aug. 27, 9 – 10:30 am

Join Education and Outreach coordinator Jean Koszalka for a morning hike at the top of Flagstaff Mountain to look at some of the incredible animals that call Open Space and Mountain Parks home.  We will explore their habitat, and play a few games to help us understand how they use their senses. We will meet at the Flagstaff Nature Center. Please leave your pups at home.
• Follow this link for a map to the meeting place.
• More information on the Flagstaff Nature Center.

Nature For Kids & Parents:  A Black Bear’s Summer with Her Cubs
Sun. Aug. 28, 1  –  3 pm

Summer is a season of play for bear cubs!  Join Debora Martin, Early Childhood Educator/Volunteer Naturalist for an easy hike, while learning the importance of play for survival! Learn about the yummy summer foods they eat, how mom protects them, what happens to the yearling bears that were cut off from mom, and now are finding out what the world is like.  Meet at the Lehigh Street entrance to Shanahan Ridge (map search 1903 Lehigh Street in Boulder, where Lehigh and Lafayette Streets intersect) for cool facts, & fun!  Ages 5+

Five Senses Nature Hike: Story Time & Kids’ Hike
Tue. Aug. 30, 10  –  11 am

Join naturalist Ellen Orleans for story time along the Bobolink Trail. Celebrate Boulder’s Open Spaces with colorful picture books and participatory foot stomping, arm flapping, and animal noise-making. At 10:30, we’ll leave for a Five Senses nature hike along the shady creek. This activity is geared toward 2- to 5-year-olds, but open to all. Please bring weather-appropriate clothes, water, and a snack if you’d like.  • Follow this link for a map to the meeting place.

Get on the mailing list to get these programs emailed to you and find out about upcoming events here:

City of Boulder Natural Selections Website

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