Day Programs

Summer Day Programs 2017

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:
– Each day program is $30 for members and $40 for non-members

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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.

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Art in Nature
Tuesday, June 6th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator
Explore the natural world through an artist’s eyes. Discover what it takes to be an environmental artist as you create and design your own artwork and masterpieces by using natural materials.
Items to bring: Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, hat (baseball cap), hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
River Day
Wednesday, June 7th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator
There’s nothing kids like more than spending a day in and on the river. Join us for river tromping, floating, exploring, and learning on the Florida River.
Items to bring: Daypack with lunch, 
snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, hat (baseball cap), hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel. 
 
Yoga and Meditation in Nature
Thursday, June 8th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator
Enjoy the nature center through a peaceful lens. Students will learn yoga poses specific to relaxation and awareness in nature.
Items to bring: Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, hat (baseball cap), hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Fossil Fun
Tuesday, June 20th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
Have you ever wondered what prehistoric beasts roamed the Four Corners millions of years ago? Join DNS to learn about these prehistoric beasts and how we know so much about them after all of those years!
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Eco-Engineers
Wednesday, June 21st
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
Do you enjoy building things out of natural materials?  Join DNS for a day full of building various structures, including forts, boats, and erosion controls.  We will put ourselves to the test as we use our building skills to help us accomplish various “missions” throughout the day.
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Solar Cooking
Thursday, June 22nd
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Emily Schaegen, Program Facilitator
Enjoy cooking with a flare! Our sun is a constant source of energy and the most important source of energy. Learn how sunlight can be a practical source of energy for everyday jobs, especially cooking.  Build your own solar oven and create a delicious snack.
Items to bring: Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, hat (baseball cap), hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Music in Nature
Wednesday, July 5th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowsi, Program Facilitator
From bugs to birds, we hear songs in nature all of the time, but what do they mean? Join DNS to learn all about the science of sound: how it is produced, how it travels, and how it helps animals communicate. We will even make our own instruments out of what we find in nature!
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Fun on the Florida
Thursday, July 6th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
There’s no better way to beat the heat than by learning science while playing in the water! Join DNS for a day of river floating and fun, while also learning about what makes rivers such an important resource.
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Desert Adaptations
Friday, July 7th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator
Despite sweltering heat and minimal moisture, certain plants and animals thrive in the desert. What makes these organisms so special and what can we learn from them? Join DNS to find out!
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.
 
Water Quality: Macroinvertebrate Hunt
Tuesday, August 15th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Grace Gordon, Program Facilitator
Join DNS for a day full of water.  We will look for the small insects that live in the water that help to tell us how healthy the water is at the nature center.  It will also be a day of learning and enjoying the joys of water.
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.

Nature Trackers
Wednesday, Aug. 16th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Grace Gordon, Program Facilitator

Many different types of animals live at the DNS nature center, but it is rare to get a glimpse of them.  Spend a day at the nature center learning about the signs that animals leave behind.  We will delve into what those signs can teach us about the various animals that call the nature center home.
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel.


Mud Day
Thursday, Aug. 17th
Ages: 7-12
Instructor: Grace Gordon, Program Facilitator
Do you enjoy getting dirty?  Join DNS for a day of mud, mud, and more mud.  We will begin the day learning about the science of soil and then dig into our creative side as we use mud as an art medium.  The day will end with us using mud to make ourselves invisible in the landscape.  It will be a great day to let loose and explore your dirty side.
Items to bring:  Daypack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and towel. 

 

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