Community Workshops

Community Workshop Series

snowshoehikeDurango Nature Studies offers community workshops on a number of topics throughout the year.  Some are conducted on a hike, some teach a special skill, and some introduce participants to a specialized topic.  Our workshops are for adults, kids, and families and offer wonderful ways to learn and connect with nature.  Most DNS workshops are free with your Durango Nature Studies’ membership, so take advantage of this perk and click here to join today!

Full Moon Hikes:
About ten months out of the year, Durango Nature Studies takes groups of 10-15 people on two-hour full moon hikes at various locations throughout the area. A trained naturalist leads these hikes and participants learn about the local flora and fauna, current happenings in the natural world, nighttime senses, folklore, astronomy events.  Full moon hikes are not an exercise in fitness. Instead, they a chance to slow down and notice the cooling, quieting world around us.
Cost: Free for members and kids 12 and under, $10 for non-members

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Nature Center Workshops:
The Nature Center is open to the public on Saturdays, May-October.  Two Saturdays a month, we offer a workshop from 10:30-12:30 led by DNS staff and board members, or other experts in a specific field.  A sampling of workshops we have offered in the past are:  Birds of Prey, Fly Fishing, Art in Nature, Birdwatching at the Nature Center, Geology Rock Walk, Butterflies, Stream Ecology, Meditation in Nature, Animal Signs, and many more.  Each year we offer community favorites, while offering new topics.  Workshop participants can stay after for a picnic and receive free Nature Center entry for the day.
Cost: Free for members and kids 12 and under, $10 for non-members

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Snowshoe Workshops:
In the winter, Durango Nature Studies offers winter workshops on snowshoes at higher elevation.  We explore the winter world while learning about a variety of topics related to animal habitat, winter adaptations, snow science, winter survival techniques, and weather patterns.  This is a great way to get outside in the winter.  It’s perfect for beginning snowshoers.
Cost: Free for members and kids 12 and under, $10 for non-members, rent snowshoes from DNS for $3

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Miscellaneous Workshops:
In addition to the three consistent workshop categories, Durango Nature Studies offers a variety of miscellaneous workshops and activities that vary each year.  These may include kids’ musical events, educational films, longer day workshops, or multi-day classes with Durango Learns.  These programs will have their own fees based on the workshop.  View the calendar below for special offerings.

Apr 11

April Full Moon Hike and Coyote Program

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Apr 15

Nature Center 2017 Docent Training

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Apr 23

Earth Day Festival and 5K

April 23 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
May 06

Nature Center Open to the Public

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
May 06
May 13

Nature Center Open to the Public

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
May 20

Nature Center Open to the Public

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
May 27

Nature Center Open to the Public

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
May 27
Jun 03

Nature Center Open to the Public

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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