2014 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)
For more information or to register for any event, email Sally or call us at
If there is a fee, you may also register online and pay with a credit card.
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Backcountry Film Festival at Durango Arts Center
Date: March 7
Time: 7:00 9:00 (doors and silent auction at 6:30)
Cost: $10 in advance at Maria’s Bookshop or Backcountry Experience, $12 at the door or in advance at the Art Center
DNS is known for the great party we throw every year when we host Mountain Film on Tour at the Smiley building. This is a new film festival that focuses mostly on winter and the backcountry. Since we’re a member of the Winter Wildlands Alliance, we're hosting this festivalfor the second year. Films include:
Poor Man's Hell
Go to http://www.backcountryfilmfestival.org to find out more.
Special thanks to Kling Mountain Guides, Backcountry Experience, Hesperus Ski Patrol and Aquahab for sponsoring this event!
Naturalist Snowshoe Workshops
Place: Haviland Lake or Andrews Lake, depending on conditions
Dates: Saturdays - January 18, February 8, March 1
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
Join us for snowshoe workshops in in the winter months to have fun snowshoeing while learning about local ecology, snow science, and tracking. These workshops are not cumulative and we’ll have a different instructor and cover a different topic each time. So you can come to one or all. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them from us. All ages welcome. We'll tailor the ability level toward the group each time.
River Trail Beginner Bird Walks
Date: The third Wednesday of Every Month - Next one is March 19
Place: Meet at “For the Birds”
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 birdwalks every third Wednesday of the month, but bird walks are offered every Wednesday, led by a different organization.
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 “For the Birds.” Call Kristi at 382-9396 for more information.
New Moon Astro Tours
Date: Around the New Moon March - October
Place: Durango Nature Center
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.
More Workshops as Part of our Summer Nature Center Series Coming Soon
COMPLETED THIS YEAR
Winter Social and Dine-Out at Carver's
Date: Thursday, Feb. 6
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!!!