Upcoming
Adult and Family Events

April 4
Nature Center Work Day

April 25
Introduction to Wildflower Identification

May 16
Fly Tying/Casting Workshop

May 16
Astro-Tour

May 30 - Birds of the Nature Center Workshop


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

 

2015 Adult and Family Workshop Series
Inspirational words, wisdom, and wildness from authors, musicians, lecturers, and films.

Durango Nature Studies is proud to present workshops, lectures, films, and performances that offer exciting and alternative ways to experience nature.

Whether in a theater or on a trail, DNS workshops and events are wonderful forays into nature discovery.

(Photo by Karla Sluis/Durango Herald)

SW Winter Ecology Partnership
Mesa Verde National Park, San Juan Mountains, Association, San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society, and Durango Nature Studies have teamed up to advertise a series of winter hikes during the winter season. Downolad Brochure.

UPCOMING
For more information or to register for any event, or call us at
970-769-1800.


If there is a fee, you may also and pay with a credit card.


Nature Center Work Day

Dates: April 4
Place: Durango Nature Center
Time: 9:00 - 4:00

We're doing our annual spring cleanup at the Nature Center. Some of our projects will be trail work, construction, tree trimming,grass planting, and anything else we can think of. Drop in for the day or for an hour. If you have work gloves and/or a shovel, go ahead and bring them. It's not all work and no play. Feel free to explore the Nature Center and bring a picnic. Kids are welcome!!

Introduction to Early Wilflower Identification (all day workshop)

Dates: April 25
Place: We'll take the DNS van to various locations to compare wildfloers at different elevations
Time: 9:00 - 3:00
Cost: $25 for members, $15 for non-members

Get an early start on the wildflower season with Durango Nature Studies! We will learn some basics of wildflower identification, including knowing how to identify some of the biggest plant families. After this workshop, you'll have the knowledge to help you identify flowers on your own floral forays throughout the year! Please bring a picnic lunch.

Let's Get Buggy-Fly Tying Workshop (Special all day workshop presented by Animas Valley Anglers)

Date: May 16
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Animas Valley Anglers
Time: 10:00-2:00
Cost: $80 members, $110 non-members
What to bring: Lunch and weather appropriate clothes

Durango Nature Studies is offering a unique opportunity in the world of fly fishing! Join us for a three part workshop covering fly tying, entomology and fly casting. Will Blanchard from Animas Valley Anglers will teach local fly tying patterns and coach you on making your own flies to take home. Local entomologist, Scott Roberts will discuss entomology of the four corners and Amanda Blanchard and Aaron Hyder will teach the art of fly casting.

All materials and equipment for the class is covered under the registration fee. Please feel free to bring your own equipment if you desire. Space is limited. The age suggestion is 16 years and older, however accommodations can be made.

New Moon Astro Tour

Date: May 16
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. 

Birds of the Durango Nature Center Workshop

Date: May 30
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Aimee Way
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.

River Trail Beginner Bird Walks and Bird Count

Date: June 3
Place: Meet at Rotary Park
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cost: Free, but donations to Durango Nature Studies’ Appreciated
Host: DNS Staff
**This event is co-hosted by Durango Nature Studies and For the Birds. DNS staff leads these specific dates, but bird walks take place every Wednesday led by a different organization or birder. Call Kristi for more information on other bird walks.

Beginner Bird Walks will provide tips for finding and identifying our beautiful Durango birds. We will walk, depending on conditions, the area between fish hatchery, Animas River and Junction Creek, learning about kingfishers, chickadees, swallows, wrens, bluebirds and many others. No registration necessary. Just show up at Rotary Park.

River Trail Beginner Bird Walks and Bird Count

Date: July 1
Place: Meet at Rotary Park
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cost: Free, but donations to Durango Nature Studies’ Appreciated
Host: DNS Staff
**This event is co-hosted by Durango Nature Studies and For the Birds. DNS staff leads these specific dates, but bird walks take place every Wednesday led by a different organization or birder. Call Kristi for more information on other bird walks.

Beginner Bird Walks will provide tips for finding and identifying our beautiful Durango birds. We will walk, depending on conditions, the area between fish hatchery, Animas River and Junction Creek, learning about kingfishers, chickadees, swallows, wrens, bluebirds and many others. No registration necessary. Just show up at Rotary Park.

New Moon Astro Tour

Date: July 15
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. 

River Trail Beginner Bird Walks and Bird Count

Date: June 3
Place: Meet at Rotary Park
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cost: Free, but donations to Durango Nature Studies’ Appreciated
Host: DNS Staff
**This event is co-hosted by Durango Nature Studies and For the Birds. DNS staff leads these specific dates, but bird walks take place every Wednesday led by a different organization or birder. Call Kristi for more information on other bird walks.

Beginner Bird Walks will provide tips for finding and identifying our beautiful Durango birds. We will walk, depending on conditions, the area between fish hatchery, Animas River and Junction Creek, learning about kingfishers, chickadees, swallows, wrens, bluebirds and many others. No registration necessary. Just show up at Rotary Park.

Fly Fishing Workshop

Dates: July, 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

All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. 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.

Silent Nature Workshop

Dates: July, TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Josh Hodorff, DNS Program Manager
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
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. Workshops at nature centers often involve a lot of words.  People enjoy learning the names of plants and animals while hearing stories involving natural history.  This can be a lot of fun!  But it is not the only way to learn about nature.  This workshop will teach about the natural world without speaking.  After an introduction, participants will be asked to remain silent during a 1-hour hike through the nature center.  This will be more than a walk.   There will be activities and experiences that words are not necessary to describe.  After the hike we will return to our voices to discuss what our senses discovered.

Animal Signs Workshop

Date: August, TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: John Duwe
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
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. Become a more well-rounded naturalist by learning animal signs common to the Four Corners region. At the Durango Nature Center, we’ll discover and follow animal signs while constructing logical ways to determine what the animal left them (and what animals didn't). We’ll learn what tracks, scat, markings, and other signs can tell us about different habitats and the activity within them.

River Trail Beginner Bird Walks and Bird Count

Date: August 12
Place: Meet at Rotary Park
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Cost: Free, but donations to Durango Nature Studies’ Appreciated
Host: DNS Staff
**This event is co-hosted by Durango Nature Studies and For the Birds. DNS staff leads these specific dates, but bird walks take place every Wednesday led by a different organization or birder. Call Kristi for more information on other bird walks.

Beginner Bird Walks will provide tips for finding and identifying our beautiful Durango birds. We will walk, depending on conditions, the area between fish hatchery, Animas River and Junction Creek, learning about kingfishers, chickadees, swallows, wrens, bluebirds and many others. No registration necessary. Just show up at Rotary Park.

New Moon Astro Tour

Date: Sept. 12
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. 

Trapped: When Nature Captures Itself

Dates: September, TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Josh Hodorff, DNS Program Manager
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
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. Nature can build walls around itself.  These walls may be temporary, like bubbles.  They can also be a home for the next generation, like galls and juniper berries.   Participants will spend the morning at the Durango Nature Center hiking the trails and learning about some of nature’s traps. 


Riparian Ecology Workshop

Date: TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: John Duwe
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
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. Learn the components of the riparian area that snakes through the Durango Nature Center, and what makes these areas of vital importance to the survival of life on Earth as we know it. The goal of this workshop is for participants to gain knowledge of the importance of riparian areas within the big picture as well as their individual lives.

Community Appreciation Day

Date: September 19
Place: Durango Nature Center

Time: 12:00-3:00 (cookout and activities around 12:30)
Cost: Free for all!!!!!!

Before the Nature Center closes for the season, we want to invite folks out to visit for free and participate in some fun activities.  This day will celebrate our many volunteers, as well as provide fun activities for the family.  Beer will be provided by Ska Brewing for the adults.

noon-3:00
-   Bring something to grill or a picnic
-   We’ll have free beer from Ska
-   Games and activities for the kids
-   1:00 we’ll be honoring the volunteer of the year

New Moon Astro Tour

Date: October 10
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. 

Fly Fishing Workshop

Dates: 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

All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. 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.

 
 
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