.
Upcoming
Adult and Family Events

June 25
Meditation in Nature

July 30
The Sagebrush Saga

August 6
Monarch Watch


Thank You

We had a delightful time on Friday night. John and his crew were amazing! I have found myself looking up every night since trying to identify what I learned.
-Astro Tour Participant


Past Workshops and
Events

 

2016 Adult and Family Workshop Series

Durango Nature Studies is proud to present our 2016 workshop series.

Most of our workshops are held on Saturdays at the Nature Center, and our winter workshops are held on snowshoes in higher elevation locations. Workshops are taught by DNS program staff or guest expert naturalists. Because there are many ways to experience nature, we occasionally hold films, concerts, or other educational experiences.

UPCOMING
For more information or to register for any workshop, or call us at
970-769-1800.
If there is a fee, you may also and pay with a credit card.



Meditation in Nature

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, June 25
Instructor: Andrea Owens, Program Director
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Come enjoy a relaxing morning surrounded by the peace and tranquility of the natural world. We will try different exercises to bring focus, clarity, and calm to the mind, taking notice of the healing capacity of simply being present in nature.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The Dirt on Dirt Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, July 9
Instructor: Anthony Reinert, Program Facilitator
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Come get dirty with Durango Nature Studies as we take a deeper look into the important role soil plays in both ecosystems and our lives. This program will look at how geology and hydrology create different soil types at the DNS Nature Center and the role of soil in supporting plant and animal communities. Participants will get a hands on understanding of soil science regarding both composition and rudimentary testing of soil samples. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The Sagebrush Saga Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, July 30
Instructor: Andrea Owens, Program Director
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Join us on a close examination of a key plant species to the Southwest: Artemisia tridentata, or "Big Sagebrush." Sagebrush provides habitat and food for specific animal species, has various medicinal purposes utilized by many cultures, and has had other historical significance in our area. We will wander our very own sagebrush habitat and see first hand the important role this plant plays in the story of the Southwest.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Monarch Watch

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, August 6
Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Are you interested in participating within your community? Do you have an interest in learning about citizen science? Then this is the workshop for you! Join Durango Nature Studies and help collect data on Monarch Butterflies. Participate in catching, tagging, and releasing Monarch Butterflies at the Nature Center.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Perigrine Falcon Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, August 20
Instructor: Pat Jackson, St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

St. Francis has been rescuing and rehabilitating wild birds since 2004. They are located in Arboles, Colorado and are the only facility of its kind in Southwest Colorado.
Pat's program has Dooley, a Peregrine Falcon, tethered to her glove as she talks about their history, feeding, nesting, and parenting habits, as well as their near-extinction and re-introduction back into the wild. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Fly Fishing Workshop

Date: September, TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Jake West, DNS Board Member
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
Cost: $10 non-members, free for members

Come join avid fly fisherman, Jake West, for a workshop on all the basics. He will talk about bugs, fly-tying, and flyfishing tips. Casting lessons in the meadow will hopefully lead to some bites in the Florida River, which contains chubs, cutthroat, rainbows and browns. A great workshop for those new to the sport, as well as a great refresher and beautiful day for those that already love to fish. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Art in Nature Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, September 24
Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Join Durango Nature Studies in discovering the beauty in nature at the nature center. From microscopic plant cells to the simplicity of a single leaf, creativity can be nurtured. Find inspiration and create your own art in nature in this unique workshop. All materials will be supplied.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Ecological Relationships of the Nature Center

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, October 8
Instructor: Andrea Owens, Program Director
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Whether its predation, competition, or one of the many types of symbiotic relationships in nature, all organisms in an ecosystem are connected. Come dive into this complex web of relationships and break down specific adaptations and interactions that shape our ecosystems. We will examine the food sources, defense, and reproductive mechanisms of species and connected them to the purpose it serves that individual or other organisms.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Winter is Coming Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, October 29Instructor: Anthony Reinert, Program Facilitator
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

As the days get shorter and the nights grow colder plant and animal communities begin to ready themselves for the winter ahead. Come spend some time with Durango Nature Studies to both observe the changes and learn the science behind them. From changing leaves to animal behaviors this informative workshop will be sure to only enhance the spender of autumn. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Bridges of the Nature Center Workshop

Date: TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Rick Routh, DNS Board Member
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
Cost: $10 non-members, free for members

The Nature Center has three bridges, all used for different puposes (vehicles, large groups, and single foot travel). Come learn about the structural aspects of maintaining a Nature Center from Rick Routh, DNS board member and engineer with the Department of Transportation. Learn about the many facets of bridge design: hydrology, structures, materials, loads, and environmental considerations. This workshop is open to anyone interested, but is especially meaningful to students who might want to go into a career in structural engineering. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

New Moon Astro Tour

Date: TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Time: TBA
Cost:  $10 non-members, free for members
 
Join Durango Nature Studies and astronomer John Buting for a tour of the night sky.  John has graciously agreed to share his knowledge and his telescopes for our astronomy programs that are held throughout the year in the meadow of the Nature Center where skies are good for viewing. 

ALREADY COMPLETED THIS YEAR

Abert Squirrels and Winter Habitat Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, January 30
Instructor: Sylvester Allred, Board Member and Abert Squirrel Expert
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

Learn about Abert Squirrels from the nation’s expert while on snowshoes.  Explore their habitat and learn about their adaptations.

Out in the Elements: Shelters and Surviving the Cold Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, February 6
Instructor: Anthony Reinert, DNS Educator
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

Come join DNS for a weekend workshop about the basics of building a functional winter shelter! Participants will learn techniques for building snow shelters, tips for staying
warm and dry, as well as how to identify signs of, prevent, and treat hypothermia. We will have the opportunity to put our skills to the test as we construct and try out different styles of shelter.

Winter Social and Dine-Out at Carver's

Date: Thursday, February 11
Place: Carver’s Brewing
Time:  5:30 – 7:30
Cost: Carver's will be donating a percentage of all beer sold back to DNS!

Winter is a great time to get together to celebrate (as if Snowdown weren't enough).  The staff and board of Durango Nature Studies like to have the chance to meet people that support us and/or participate in our programs.  Or, if you’ve always wanted to know more about Durango Nature Studies, this is a great way to do it.  Carvers has generously agreed to donate a portion of sales to Durango Nature Studies, so you can support us while having some food and drink.  Back by popular demand; trivia games, scat guessing, summer camp raffle, and a list of activities that are planned for the year.  Just show up and bring a friend!!!

Animal Habitat and Tracking Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, February 20
Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, DNS Educator
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

Join Durango Nature Studies on an exploration through the peaceful winter forest while on showshoes. Lear about the clues that animals leave behind in the winter and what these clues can tell us about the health of the forest.

Backcountry Film Festival

Date: Sunday, February 21
Place: Durango Arts Center
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 (doors at 6:30)
Cost:  $10 in advance at Maria’s Bookshop or Backcountry Experience, $12 at the door
Kids 12 and under are free.
 
This film festival focuses mostly on winter and the backcountry.  Since we’re a member of the Winter Wildlands Alliance, we're hosting this festival for the fourth year.  Since we've had so much snow, these films will inspire you to get outside. They'll also remind young naturalists of the many sports they can do when they love being outside.

Films include:
TBA

 Go to http://www.backcountryfilmfestival.org to find out more about each film.  

Special thanks to Kling Mountain Guides, Backcountry Experience, Hesperus Ski Patrol and Aquahab for sponsoring this event!

Watershed Workshop

Place: Old Fort in Hesperus
Dates: Saturday, March 5
Instructor: Anthony Reinert, Program Facilitator
Time: 10:00-noon

Join us in learning the intricacies of water molecules and snowflakes and how our snow pack builds and changes. We will explore the effects of snow pack on our local watersheds and surrounding ecosystems as we enjoy the beauty of Haviland Lake.


Winter Green Laser Star Program

Place: Old Fort in Hesperus
Date: March 11
Instructor: John Buting
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members 

Come join DNS and astronomer John Buting for a winter, dark-sky snowshoe complete with green laser constellation show. The green laser pointer is a superb tool for identifying all the winter constellations and teaching some of their multi-cultural mythology. Please bring binoculars too if you have them, as there are numerous beautiful binocular targets easily viewed with the aid of the laser pointer.


Plant and Wildlife Spring Runoff Adaptations Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, April 2
Instructor: Andrea Owens, Program Director
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Explore how regional plant and wildlife have specialized to survive winter and spring runoff.
We will hike the area to identify local plant life (and hopefully some some tracks and wildlife). We'll bring along photo and real examples to compare to other regions for deeper understanding (pelt, tree cookies, leaf/needle examples, etc). In combination with these adaptations, We will discuss and survey the topographic features and seasonal calendar to speculate how plants and animals turn the cold seasons, winter pack, and spring thaw to their advantage.

Stream Morphology and Riparian Habitats Workshop

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, May 7
Instructor: Andrea Owens, Program Director
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Join us for a day of study along the Florida River as we take a close look at the dynamic changes that occur over any landscape with flowing water. We'll look at dimensions and shapes of the stream bed and what it contains to understand how the course and flow of a river shifts. We will also interpret evidence of plant and animal species to understand the health and vitality of the riparian habitat and the greater purpose it serves in our local ecosystems.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Full Moon Fire Side Chat

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, May 21
Instructor: Anthony Reinert, Program Facilitator
Time: 7:30-9:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Spend the evening with Durango Nature Studies exploring the history and importance of storytelling. Many cultures throughout time have relied on oral traditions to pass on important teachings. This will be an evening filled with storytelling from around the world both ancient and modern while being accompanied with interpretation. Great for the whole family to spend some time around a campfire.

Invasive Plant Species

Place: Durango Nature Center
Date: Saturday, May 28
Instructor: Emily Schaefer, Program Facilitator
Time: 10:30-12:30
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members

Discover the invasive plant species commonly found in Southwest Colorado and what is being done to control them. Volunteer your time and spend the afternoon helping DNS revive the Nature Center by participating in thistle removal. Feel good knowing that you are helping your community! This workshop will be taking place at the Nature Center. Please bring plenty of water, snacks, and work gloves.
All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Birds of the Durango Nature Center Workshop

Date: June 4
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Aimee Way, Board Member and Bird Biologist
Time: 8:30-10:30 am (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center on your own)
Cost: $10 non-members, free for members

All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Join expert birder and DNS board member Aimee Way in learning about the songbirds and raptors that breed or use the Nature Center. Aimee will share tips on visual ID, song and call ID, and talk about the different habitats present and birds associated with habitats at the 140-acre Nature Center property. All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome. Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them. Entry-level binoculars will be available for loan, but your own binoculars are preferred. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

 
 
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