Upcoming
Adult and Family Events

July 18
Fly Fishing Workshop

July 25
Family Nature Workshop

August 15
Family Nature Workshop

August 22
Trapped: When Nature Captures Itself Workshop

September 4
Astro-Tour

Setpember 12
Animal Signs Workshop

September 19
Community Appreciation Day

October 3
Flyfishing Workshop

October 10
Astro-Tour

October 17
Silent Nature 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.


Fly Fishing Workshop

Dates: July, 18
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.

Family Nature Program

Date: July 25
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Andrea Owens
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
Cost: $10 non-members, free for members

This program is designed for families with 2-5 year old children. Learn how to engage them in nature and enjoy time together as a family. You will leave with a wonderful experience for your kids that will help them love their time in nature. As a parent, you will learn to facilitate inquiry, fun, and joy of nature in your children. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

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.

Family Nature Program

Date: August 15
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: Andrea Owens
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 (stay after for a picnic and exploring the Nature Center)
Cost: $10 non-members, free for members

This program is designed for families with 2-5 year old children. Learn how to engage them in nature and enjoy time together as a family. You will leave with a wonderful experience for your kids that will help them love their time in nature. As a parent, you will learn to facilitate inquiry, fun, and joy of nature in your children. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Trapped: When Nature Captures Itself

Dates: August 22
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

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. 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: Sept. 4
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. 

Animal Signs Workshop

Date: September 12
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

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

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

Fly Fishing Workshop

Dates: October 3
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.

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. 

Silent Nature Workshop

Dates: October 17
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

End the Nature Center season as the earth starts to close down for its winter cycle with a testiment to the power of solitude in nature. 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. All workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center, which is open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

COMPLETED THIS YEAR

Abert Squirrels and Winter Habitat Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, January 17
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.

Winter Ecosystems and the Snowpack Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Andrews Lake
Dates: Saturday, January 24
Instructor: Rob Else, Program Manager
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

Learn how animals use the snowpack to survive during the winter by digging and examining a snow pit and going on a nature walk to look for evidence of animal activity.

Winter Social and Dine-Out at Carver's

Date: Thursday, Feb. 5
Place: Carver’s Brewing
Time:  5:30 – 7:30
Cost: Carver's will be donating 15% of all the food and drink served during the Social

Winter is a great time to get together to celebrate.  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 beer and appetizer 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.  We'll also have bluegrass music by Scott Roberts. Just show up and bring a friend!!!

Winter Green Laser Star Program

Place: Andrews Lake
Dates: Friday, February 6
Instructor: John Buting
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3 

Come join DNS and astronomer John Buting for a program first--a winter, dark-sky snowshoe complete with green laser constellation show. Full Moon winter snowshoe hikes have long been popular at DNS, but this is the first time we will do a dark-sky one. 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.


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!

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!!

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.

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.

Riparian Ecology Workshop

Date: June 6
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

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. 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: June 17
Place: Durango Nature Center
Instructor: John Buting, astronomer
Time: 9:00-11:00 pm
Cost:  $10 non-members, free for members
 
Join Durango Nature Studies and astronomer John Buting, for a tour of the night sky. Here's a bit of information about the first of four Astro-Tours John will be offering this year for Durango Nature Studies: 
"We'll start the program with a view of Mighty Jupiter and its dancing moons--our Solar System's largest planet will be almost directly overhead at sunset which should provide some spectacular views. Spring is also THE preferred time to look at distant galaxies far beyond our own Milky Way. We'll take a peek at several that are MILLIONS of light years from us, as well as additional specatcular "deep sky" objects. Saturn will close the program with a BANG!. Just making its way on stage now, the "ringed planet" is universally EVERYONE's favorite telsecope object. It's magnificent, 3D ring system never fails to stupefy even the most-seasoned sky watchers."

Bridges of the Nature Center Workshop

Dates: June 20
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.

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.

 
 
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