• CU Museum Family Day: Explore Antarctica

    University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

    Tighten your chinstraps and waddle in for some epic family fun! On Saturday, April 20, the CU Museum is accentuating Antarctica, the coldest, windiest place on earth for April's Famly Day! Meet the CU scientists who venture into some of the harshest climates and learn about what it is like to live there; step into an tent just like the ones the scientists live in, try on modern expeditionary clothing; make your own ice core and SO much more! Free. Open to the public! Sponsored in part by CU Science Discovery. For more information: www.colorado.edu/cumuseum; [masked];[masked]

  • Open Space and Mountain Parks: Story Time hike

    Sawhill Ponds Trailhead

    Nature Detective! Up-Close and Personal at Sawhill Ponds Sawhill Ponds, west of 75th Street What will we find when we look up close at budding flowers, tree bark, and bird feathers? Join seasonal naturalist Ellen Orleans at Sawhill Ponds to find out. We’ll start with our favorite picture books then go for a kid-friendly hike to a bird blind, magnifying glasses in hand. This program is geared toward 3- to 5-year-olds but all are welcome. Hats, sunscreen, snacks and water encouraged. Please meet at the picnic tables near the parking lot.

  • Mornings at the Museum: Birds

    University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

    Bring your favorite preschooler to our Discovery Corner for a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of science, literacy and nature! Have fun learning together as you examine museum specimens, make crafts, hear a story and even make new friends! The program is free and while the Monday and Wednesday classes will feature the same content, each month will feature a different theme, so stop by monthly to experience a new wonder each time! Perfect for parents, grandparents and caregivers with children ages 2-5. April's workshops will explore birds of the spring, from building nests to singing songs.

  • Mornings at the Museum: Spring Birds

    University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

    Bring your favorite preschooler to our Discovery Corner for a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of science, literacy and nature! Have fun learning together as you examine museum specimens, make crafts, hear a story and even make new friends! The program is free and while the Monday and Wednesday classes will feature the same content, each month will feature a different theme, so stop by monthly to experience a new wonder each time! Perfect for parents, grandparents and caregivers with children ages 2-5. April's workshops will explore birds of the spring, from building nests to singing songs.

  • Preschool Mornings at the Museum: A is for Action

    University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

    Bring your favorite preschooler to our Discovery Corner for a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of science, literacy and nature! Have fun learning together as you examine museum specimens, make crafts, hear a story and even make new friends! The program is free and while the Monday and Wednesday classes will feature the same content, each month will feature a different theme, so stop by monthly to experience a new wonder each time! Perfect for parents, grandparents and caregivers with children ages 2-5. March's workshops will explore 'A is for Action: Astronauts, Alligators, and Alphabets.'

  • Preschool Mornings at the Museum: A is for Action

    University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

    Bring your favorite preschooler to our Discovery Corner for a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of science, literacy and nature! Have fun learning together as you examine museum specimens, make crafts, hear a story and even make new friends! The program is free and while the Monday and Wednesday classes will feature the same content, each month will feature a different theme, so stop by monthly to experience a new wonder each time! Perfect for parents, grandparents and caregivers with children ages 2-5. March's workshops will explore 'A is for Action: Astronauts, Alligators, and Alphabets.'

  • Welcoming Spring: Community Fire and Gathering

    Chautauqua Park

    Share the awakening of spring with an afternoon of story, song, hiking, and friendship, enhanced by the warmth of a fire. Choose from the activity options below, all culminating at the Bluebell Shelter for a community fire. Option #1 Adults and Older Kids 2 p.m. Meet at the Ranger Cottage for a moderate hike by the base of the Flatirons with David Ford. (suggested ages: 12+). Ending at the Bluebell Shelter, we’ll learn the basics of building a successful fire, as well as campfire etiquette and safety. Option #2 Family and Younger Kids 2 to 3:15 p.m.Meet in the Ranger Cottage. Drop in for family arts & crafts, a kid-friendly scavenger hunt, and picture books. At 3:15, we’ll get ready to walk to the Bluebell Shelter together (about a half-hour walk.) Option #3 Open to All Meet at the Ranger Cottage at 3:30 to walk a half mile (500-ft elevation gain) to the Bluebell Shelter for a community campfire. We’ll light a fire together to celebrate a joyful winter night. Instruments encouraged! We’ll sing songs, share stories, sip cider, and enjoy each other’s company. Follow this link for a map to the meeting place. What to bring: Dress in layers, traction for your boots, blankets, water or warm beverage, your sense of adventure. Sleds and toboggans are a fun way to bring small children up the mountain. Optional: S’more makings, snacks, musical instruments.

  • 1st Day of Spring-Open Space story time hike

    Ranger Cottage

    Of course we know it is usually snowy and cold when spring begins! But that won't stop us from a hike after stories in the cozy ranger cottage. Join OSMP naturalist Debbie Cushman for books about birds and buds on the trees and other signs that spring is emerging followed by a short hike to look for clues of spring. Best for kids 2 to 6 years old. But all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a snack if you’d like. Magnifying glasses supplied.

  • CU Museum Family Day: A is for Action

    CU Museum of Natural History

    This March, we're putting boots to the ground and talking about all things action based in a fun and inspiring way! Stop by the CU Museum to explore issues connecting art to climate change from the Anthropocene to Alligators. Get creative, learn how to problem solve and make positive changes in your daily lives through hands on activities, role playing and museum crafts. Be sure to stick around for some Good Natured Fun through activities and games that physicalize the science of our natural world. Enjoy funny skits that cleverly demonstrate how to activate top climate solutions locally in daily life, facilitated and performed by a group of Boulder young women (ages 13-16) who are a part of Young Women’s Voices for Climate (from 10am-1pm). Free and open to the public. Fun for all ages.

  • Open Space Story Time/Art Hike

    Ranger Cottage

    10:00 am Stories inside the ranger cottage, 10:30 am hike and outdoor art Join OSMP Naturalist Debbie Cushman for stories read aloud inside, followed by an easy kid-friendly art hike at Chautauqua Park. We'll go outside and create art using the snow, twigs, leaves, rocks and other natural resources we find on our hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a snack if you’d like. Meet at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. Recommended for children ages 3 to 5 but everyone is welcome! The story time portion of this program is accessible to wheelchairs