Teachers and Educators!

Classroom Backpacks!!
Teachers, enhance your classroom curriculum with backpacks from DNS. Each backpack includes lesson plans, activities with materials you will need, books, movies, and more around a specific topic. They are easy for teachers to incorporate into their classroom. Backpacks can be taylored for grades K-5. Check a backpack out for a week for $30, with a $10 deposit.

We can provide a backpack for each of our NIC topics, or work with teachers to provide enrichment materials around a topic they are interested in.
To reserve your backpack, contact Program Director, John Duwe at ,769-6482

Even though we love having kids down at the Nature Center, we realize that sometimes time, weather, and budgets don't allow it. We also recognize that teachers often would like to dig a little deeper into something that the class is studying or present a standards based environmental education topic. Therefore, we offer one-hour programs in the classroom. Each program offers unique curriculum presented by DNS instructors, that engages students in a number of topics. All of our NIC programs help teachers meet state science standards (see program overview).

Below are links to registration documents and program descriptions. Please follow the directions below to register.

Nature in the Classroom

Step 1:

If you would like Durango Nature Studies' Staff to design a taylored program on the topic of your choice we will charge a development fee in addition to the cost of our classroom visit. This will be worked out on a case by case basis. Contact John Duwe, Program Director, to discuss ideas at

These one-hour programs engage students in hands-on, in-depth explorations of natural history and ecology topics. NIC programs address important scientific concepts and focus on local environments.

Programs include:
* Animal Tales
* Buzz on Bees
* Insect Investigation
* Discovering Your Senses
* Watery World
* Fire: A Forest Friend
* All About Owls
* Winter Wildlife

Step 2:
Pick a Date
Call Sally Shuffield
at 970-769-1800
or .

Nature in the Classroom is offered for classrooms any day during the school year that DNS staff is not teaching another program. Please call or email with a range of dates and we will pick one that works for both of us. We will do everything we can to accomodate your needs. Once we have decided on a date, please fill out the registration form below.


1. Click on the link to the left to download the Registration Form document.
2. Save the document to your computer
3. Open the saved document and use the TAB to move between inputs.
5. Check the calendar to make sure the date you want is available
6. Complete all required information.
7. Save the document and print for your records.
8. Open a new email message.
9. Attach the saved Registration Form document to the email.
10. Address the email to Sally (.
11. Send.

- We will make every effort to schedule your class according to your preferences.
- If we have questions, we'll contact you as soon as possible preferably via email or phone.
- We will send you an EMAIL confirmation as soon as possible. Please let us know if you need a snail mail version.

Mileage Information For schools outside Durango, we charge 50 cents/mile for the round-trip distance from our downtown Durango office to your school.
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(970) 382-9244

Main Office:
1309 E. Third Ave, #27
Durango, CO 81301
CO Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3808
Durango, CO 81302