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Unwind after a busy work day by taking a fun hike to Woods Quarry. Follow naturalist Suzanne Michot to one of the historic stone quarries within the City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks. Find out about this unique place and the interesting plants and animals of the area. You’ll also learn some of the history and geology of the quarry. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip with a 700 foot elevation gain. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and rain gear.  Meet at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. No pets, please. 

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; starting 8/3/2017, ending 8/3/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Chautauqua Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 

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If you've ever wondered about all the spring flowers you see when you're hiking, then you're ready to take a fun-filled walk on open space trails to learn flower identification skills. During the hike, there will be discussion about flower families, and both traditional and alternative uses for flowers. Come and discover how these beautiful plants are named. The hike will be approximately 3 miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet and will start from the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Wear sturdy tennis shoes or boots and bring water and rain gear.  No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; starting 6/8/2017, ending 6/8/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Chautauqua Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 

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Two essential problems of marine navigation are knowing where you are and where to go.  A GPS loaded with electronic charts can answer those questions efficiently, but it can lull the skipper in delegating navigational responsibilities to a system which could suddenly fail.  With the safety of crew and vessel at stake, one must be able to navigate with tools other than a GPS.  In this class, focused on daylight, coastal navigation, you will learn about nautical charts, passage plotting, dead reckoning, position fixing, course correction in the presence of current, and collision avoidance. No previous sailing experience required. The class involves a practicum for each session and 2 - 4 hours of homework each week.  A detailed syllabus is available from the instructor.  A $40 materials fee, which covers course plotter, nautical charts and handouts, is payable to instructor at first class.  Class is limited to 6 students.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 4/6/2017, ending 5/25/2017

Tuition: $199.00

Materials Cost: $40.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  C335

Instructor : Roberto Bianco 



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Discover how the histories of Chautauqua and Open Space Mountain Parks (OSMP) are woven together. We will stop along the way to view historic Chautauqua and OSMP structures and observe where Lyons sandstone was quarried for some of the buildings in Boulder. We'll discuss the amazing flora, fauna and geology of the area. Please wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water, a snack and rain gear. The hike is about 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of around 700 feet. Meet at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 3/25/2017, ending 3/25/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Dining Hall Location : 
  Chautauqua Dining Hall.

Room :  Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 



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Discover how the histories of Chautauqua and Open Space Mountain Parks (OSMP) are woven together. We will stop along the way to view historic Chautauqua and OSMP structures and observe where Lyons sandstone was quarried for some of the buildings in Boulder. We'll discuss the amazing flora, fauna and geology of the area. Please wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water, a snack and rain gear. The hike is about 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of around 700 feet. Meet at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; starting 9/7/2017, ending 9/7/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Dining Hall Location : 
  Chautauqua Dining Hall.

Room :  Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 



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Nature is an endless source of inspiration and visual stimulation. See our land with new eyes as you hike and draw on City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks (OSMP) trails with a view of the famous Flatirons. Create a closer connection to place by responding to the natural phenomena you'll learn about and observe along the way. Explore a variety of drawing media and techniques and apply the basic visual elements of art: line, shape, space, light, color, and texture. Naturalist Suzanne Michot will guide participants along the trails, interpreting aspects of the natural world that surround us and give us inspiration. She'll discuss the flora, wildlife, geology and history of the area. Lisa Michot, artist and teacher, will provide drawing instruction. No drawing experience is necessary to take this class. Participants should bring their own supplies, such as a sketchbook or loose drawing paper, drawing pencils, color pencils, and something to sit on while drawing.  Meet at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring water and a snack.  No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 6/10/2017, ending 6/10/2017

Tuition: $30.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Chautauqua Dining Hall

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Lisa Michot  2.Suzanne Michot 

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In today's world of technology, many of us feel overwhelmed  by the growing army of devices and gadgets that dominate our daily lives.  Fortunately, wilderness can provide the escape we so desperately need.  In this course, you will learn how to travel safely and confidently in the wilderness for days at a time.  We'll discuss the spiritual and therapeutic benefits of solo backpacking and how it can recharge the soul.  Then we'll dive into the gear, food, and packing for multi-day trips.  Everyone will leave with a checklist and resources outlining all you'll need to start your next adventure.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/6/2017, ending 4/6/2017

Tuition: $59.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  C240

Instructor : Scott Stillman 



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In today's world of technology, many of us feel overwhelmed  by the growing army of devices and gadgets that dominate our daily lives.  Fortunately, wilderness can provide the escape we so desperately need.  In this course, you will learn how to travel safely and confidently in the wilderness for days at a time.  We'll discuss the spiritual and therapeutic benefits of solo backpacking and how it can recharge the soul.  Then we'll dive into the gear, food, and packing for multi-day trips.  Everyone will leave with a checklist and resources outlining all you'll need to start your next adventure.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 5/6/2017, ending 5/6/2017

Tuition: $59.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Platt Middle Location : 
  Platt Middle.

Room :  library

Instructor : Scott Stillman 



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As summer progresses, so do the wildflowers. August brings sunflowers and other late-season beauties.  Take an easy hike on open space trails to practice your identification skills and learn new ones. You will find out about flower families and how these plants are named. The hike will be approximately 3 miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet and will start from the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Wear sturdy tennis shoes or boots and bring water and rain gear.  No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 8/26/2017, ending 8/26/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Ranger Cottage

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 

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Gain the confidence you need to walk safely alone or with others on nearby trails.  Take an informational hike on Open Space Mountain Parks lands to learn what to expect while on these trails. Discover facts about bears, mountain lions, snakes and lightning as well as how to react in potentially hazardous situations while hiking. Topics will include what to carry in your pack to be comfortable hiking no matter the season. Starting at the Chautauqua Dining Hall, this hike will be 2 -3 miles in length.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM; starting 4/4/2017, ending 4/4/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Chautauqua Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 



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Just another cute wildflower? Think again! If you've ever wondered about all the spring flowers you see when you're hiking, then you are ready to take a fun-filled walk on Open Space trails to learn flower identification skills. During the hike there will be discussion about flower families, and the many uses for flowers. Come and discover how these beautiful plants are named. The hike will be approximately three miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet and start from the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Wear sturdy tennis shoes or boots and bring water and rain gear. No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 5/27/2017, ending 5/27/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Chautauqua Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 

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Just another cute wildflower? Think again! If you've ever wondered about all the spring flowers you see when you're hiking, then you are ready to take a fun-filled walk on Open Space trails to learn flower identification skills. During the hike there will be discussion about flower families, and the many uses for flowers. Come and discover how these beautiful plants are named. The hike will be approximately three miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet and start from the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Wear sturdy tennis shoes or boots and bring water and rain gear. No pets, please.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 6/3/2017, ending 6/3/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Chautauqua Park Location : 
  Chautauqua Park.

Room :  Chautauqua Dining Hall

Instructor : Suzanne Michot 

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