Day Programs

Summer Day Programs 2018

Looking for single day programs to engage your kids outdoors in fun and educational ways? Whether it’s hiking, tromping in the river, or learning outdoor skills, DNS day programs are a great way to get your kids out of the house and spending time outdoors.

All programs will be held at the Nature Center.  Participants will meet each day at the Smiley Building and Durango Nature Studies will provide transportation in the DNS van.

Time:
– All programs are from 9:00-3:00.  Participants will meet at the Smiley Building at 8:30 and be picked up at the Smiley Building at 3:30.  Transportation will be provided in the DNS van.

Pricing:
– EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Each day program is $40 for non-members and $30 for DNS members (if you register 2 weeks before the day program)
– Registration fee: $45 for non-members and $35 for DNS members (if you register within 2 weeks of your day program)

View Program Descriptions Below, then fill out registration form and submit payment online, or send a check to DNS, PO Box 3808, Durango, CO 81302.

Submit Registration Form Here

Parent Handbook for Summer Day Programs

Medical Forms:
1) Permission to Administer Medication Form
2) Asthma Care Plan Form
3) Allergy & Anaphylaxis Care Plan form

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Mud Day
Tuesday, July 3 (please call 970-769-1800 if interested in registering)
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Grace Gordon, Program Facilitator
Mud day is a day where we encourage all children to let loose, and get dirty!  We will first learn the important ingredients that make up healthy soil.  Then, we will get muddy and play camouflage games around the Nature Center.  Get ready to get your mud on!

Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
A Bird’s Life
Thursday, July 5 (please call 970-769-1800 if interested in registering)
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
With spring and early summer in full-swing in the trees and shrubs surrounding us, this program will take kids through the life-cycle of a songbird in Southwest Colorado.  We will play games exploring how birds solve conflicts, attract mates, and warn each other of danger through songs and signals, design and build our own nests using real birds’ nests as models, play games that mimic the different flying skills of birds, and explore real skins, skeletons, and feathers searching for adaptations that suit various local species to their unique habitats and ways of life.  

Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
Young Citizen Scientists
Friday, July 6 (please call 970-769-1800 if interested in registering)
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
This day will focus on citizen science, why it’s important, and what it’s like to be a field scientist. With a focus on the monarch butterfly, participants will learn the importance of the monarch, how to identify monarch caterpillars and butterflies, and then actively look for signs of these amazing migrators. After we conduct our research, we will share our findings to the Journey North website to be active citizen scientists within the community! We can all be citizen scientist so why not start today?
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
Fossil Fun
Tuesday, August 14 (early bird cut off for discounted fee is July 31)
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
How are fossils made?  What can fossils teach us about life a long time ago?  This program will explore these questions through hands-on fossil-making activities, crafts, exploration of actual fossils found in the Durango area, and even a fossil hunt in the sandstone hillsides surrounding the Nature Center.  Kids will leave with a new awareness of the amazing secrets buried in the cliff sides and rocks all around us!
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel. 
Boat Builders
Wednesday, August 15 (early bird cut off for discounted fee is August 1)
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
Rivers were once the main mode of transportation of goods around the country, and it took some very creative boats to do it.  Join us for a day-long STEAM exploration in which kids will design, build, test, and refine their own river vessels in preparation for an end-of-day river regatta!  Kids will get the chance to engage in creative problem solving and teamwork in an outdoor setting, and will explore concepts of buoyancy and stability through designing their creations.  The one catch: only natural materials can be used!

Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.

Florida River Explorers (early bird cut off for discounted fee is August 2)
Thursday, August 16
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Kiley Smith, Program Facilitator
Plumb the bottom of the Florida River searching for and catching macro invertebrates, tromp along the banks searching for plants and insects, build your own watershed model, complete with rivers, mountains, and snow, and manipulate it to find the best balance of water use and river health.  The and other crafts and activities will engage kids with the river environment while shedding light on questions about where rivers come from, where they go, and what kinds of plant and animal neighborhoods they create along the way. Join us for a wet and fun-filled day of exploration!
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel. 

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