.
Upcoming
Adult and Family Events

February 6
Shelters and Survival Snowshoe Workshop

February 11
Winter Social at Carver's

February 20
Animals and Tracking Snowshoe Workshop

February 21
Backcountry Film Fest

March 5
Snowflakes and Watershed Snowshoe Workshop

March 11
Green Laser Night Sky

April 2
Spring Runoff Adaptation 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

 

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 at Haviland Lake. 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.



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!

Snowflakes, Snow Pack, and Watersheds Snowshoe Workshop

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, March 5
Instructor: Andrea Owens, DNS Educator
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

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: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: March 11
Instructor: John Buting
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Cost:
free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3 

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 (if there isn't enough snow we'll do it without snowshoes)

Place: Haviland Lake/Chris Park
Dates: Saturday, April 2
Instructor: Chris Yeargin, DNS Educator
Time: 10:00-noon
Cost: free for members, $10 non-members, snowshoe rental $3
 

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.

Birds of the Durango Nature Center Workshop

Date: TBA
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.

Bridges of the Nature Center Workshop

Dates: 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. 

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

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.

Our full and updated Summer and Fall Workshop Calendar can be viewed in April!! Keep Checking back.

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.

 
 
HOME | ABOUT | NATURE CENTER | PROGRAMS | GET INVOLVED | RESOURCES
CALENDAR | JOBS | MEMBERSHIP | PRIVACY | SITEMAP | CONTACT
© 2016 Durango Nature Studies
(970) 382-9244

Main Office:
1309 E. Third Ave, #27
Durango, CO 81301
CO Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3808
Durango, CO 81302