Middle School Field Trips

Exploring Science in Nature (ESN) Program Overview

Exploring Science in Nature (ESN) is a two-part science and nature education program for grades 6-8 in which students learn about science topics through hands-on activities and experiments in the classroom and field. ESN builds on our grade school program, Children Discovering Nature (CDN), by adding deeper science concepts and by using the scientific method.  Topics covered correlate to Colorado and national science education standards for each grade.

First, a Durango Nature Studies’ educator visits each classroom for an hour-long lesson to introduce science concepts that prepare students for a field trip. The following week, your class visits the Durango Nature Center for a half-day field trip. Instructors guide small groups through a variety of habitats, engaging students by using the scientific method related to specific standards. These field trips solidify science understanding by allowing students to conduct research in a natural setting.

NEW: Starting in Fall 2019, DNS and Trails 2000 are joining forces to foster an environmental responsibility and respect among 7th and 8th grade students by combining education, stewardship, and a deep connection to the outdoors.  The lessons follow the traditional DNS model of a classroom lesson, followed by a half-day field trip; DNS will work with Trails 2000 and the school to determine the site location for the field trip. 

Catalog of Educational Programs for Middle Schools

Pricing:
$10 per student*
Mileage of $0.55 per mile for schools outside of Durango
*$10 per student is subsidized by grants

SUBMIT REQUEST FORM

2019-2020 SCHOOL PROGRAM CALENDAR

If you are interested in scheduling a program, please review available dates and then, submit the ESN request form. Email stephanie@durangonaturestudies.org with any questions.

September 2019

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  • Nature Center is OPE…
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  • CDN3 Field Trip
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  • CDN3 Field Trip
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  • CDN3 Field Trip
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