Upcoming
Adult and Family Events

February 21
Experiencing and Predicting Winter Weather Workshop

February 25
Backcountry Film Festival


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.



Experiencing and Predicting Winter Weather Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, February 21
Instructor: John Duwe, Program Director
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

Explore winter weather, both in real time and learn to predict future winter weather conditions. We will explore the Haviland Lake area on snowshoes and investigate current atmospheric conditions, as well as learn weather prediction tips.

Backcountry Film Festival

Date: Wednesday, February 25
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 third year.  Hopefully it will bring us some snow! Films include:

From the Road
Afterglow
Backcountry Baker
Out on a Limb
95 to Infinity
IRS Traverse
Powder Pilgrimage
Sundog
Higher.
 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!

New Moon Astro Tours

Date: Around the New Moon March - October
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. 

Songbird and Raptor 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)
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 in learning about the songbirds and raptors that live at the Nature Center.  Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them.

Edible Plants of the Nature Center Workshop

Date: June 27
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Rob Else
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 about the plants that are edible in the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands, sagebrush flats, and riparian area of the Nature Center. We will explore which plants can be eaten in a survival situation and how indigenous people were able to sustain themselves in the desert of the southwest.

Naural Plant Cordage Making Workshop

Date: TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Rob Else
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 how to create rope out of natural fibers found locally. Whether you're interested in learning how to make natural jewelry or want to know how to create snares in a survival emergency, this workshop will teach you the basics of harvesting and creating cordage.

Animal Signs 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. 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.

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.

Fly Fishing Workshop

Dates: TBA
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Jake West
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.

Community Appreciation Day

Date: TBA
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

 
 
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