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May 2017

Nature Center Workshop: All About Mountain Lions

May 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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The mountain lion is one of the most feared and respected animals to roam the hills of Southwest Colorado, yet most people go their entire lives without ever seeing one. Join DNS Naturalist Brooks Mitchell to learn more about this elusive predator, from where it roams to how it hunts. This workshop will also dispel some common cougar myths and cover mountain lion safety.  Workshop participants receive free entry to the Nature Center for the day.  Bring a picnic! Place:…

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June 2017

Tracking Workshop, Session 2: Utilizing Your Senses While Tracking

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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Join naturalist, Grace Gordon, as we use all of our senses to their greatest ability to track animals at the Nature Center.  We will learn techniques utilized by native peoples for centuries to see, hear, and smell animals that live in the area.  Join us for an engaging workshop designed to take your tracking skills a step further.  (It is recommended, but not required, that you participate in session 1.) Place: Durango Nature Center Date: June 3 Time: 10:30-12:30 Instructor: Grace…

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Nature Center Workshop: Father’s Day Nesting Bird Walk

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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  Last minute plans for Father’s Day? Does your father enjoy taking photos of birds? Many birds choose to build their nests and raise their young at Durango Nature Studies' Nature Center because there is an abundance of food and habitat. Join us as we look for birds that call the Nature Center home. Please bring your own binoculars as we have a limited amount! All ages’ welcome. Place: Durango Nature Center Date: June 17th Time: 10:30am -12:30pm Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator…

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July 2017

Nature Center Workshop: Wildflower Walkabout

July 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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Place: Durango Nature Center Date: July 15th Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator Cost: Free for members and kids under 12, $10 for non-members Bring the family to the Nature Center to experience the wildflowers growing in the high mountain desert during the month of July. There will be many opportunities for pictures and enjoying the trails as we appreciate nature’s beauty. To register: contact Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator, at (970) 749-1140 or at emily@durangonaturestudies.org To pay as a non-member:…

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The La Plata Mountains: Natural and Human History, a Nature Center Workshop

July 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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Often overshadowed by taller sub-ranges within the San Juans, the La Plata Mountains have a unique story to tell through their magma-hardened rock layers and mining remnants. Located roughly between Durango, Dolores, and Rico, the mountains were formed millions of years ago as molten rock rose to the surface and made its way through pre-existing sedimentary rock. This geologic history can be seen prominently in the banded peaks of Centennial and Hesperus Mountain. You have seen their silver peaks from…

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August 2017

Nature Center Workshop: Desert Geology

August 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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From mesas to hoodoos to dunes, the desert is home to mysterious landscapes that beg for scientific explanation, as the softer sedimentary rock and dry landscape lends itself to a fast-track of erosional processes. Join DNS Naturalist Brooks Mitchell to explore the sandstone cliffs of the Durango Nature Center while discussing how deserts come to be and what makes them unique. Place: Durango Nature Center Date: August 12 Time: 10:30am-12:30pm Instructor: Mike Bienkowski, Program Facilitator Cost: Free for members and kids under 12, $10…

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The Great Migration: The Journey of the Monarch Butterfly, a Nature Center Workshop

August 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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Place: Durango Nature Center Date: August 19th Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm Instructor: Emily Schaefgen, Program Facilitator Cost: Free for members and kids under 12, $10 for non-members The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern…

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September 2017

Nature Center Workshop: Nature Journaling

September 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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A nature journal is a place to grow your thoughts, feelings, ideas, observations, passions, and relationships with the natural world. Your own nature journal provides an opportunity to study the natural world, to grow a deeper relationship with the Earth, and to encourage you to develop a greater awareness and caring for the Earth. Find a deeper connection with nature, enjoy personal growth, and study the ever-evolving natural world by creating your own nature journal through this interactive workshop. Place:…

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Tracking Workshop, Session 3: Sit Spots and Animal Behavior

September 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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One of the most valuable ways to connect and learn about a natural area is through a sit spot.  A sit spot is where a person chooses a location in a natural area and sits there observing the world around them.  Famous naturalist and tracker, Jon Young has referred to a sit spot as the “magic pill” for nature connection.  Join naturalist, Grace Gordon, at the Nature Center and learn about the power of sit spots.  Through sit spots we…

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October 2017

Tracking Workshop, Session 4: Bird Language

October 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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Ever wonder what the birds are saying?  The vast and complicated calls of birds make up the world of bird language.  Join naturalist, Grace Gordon, at the Nature Center to learn the meaning behind the various calls and songs of the birds.  Spend the morning doing a bird language sit spot and then create a map of animal activity at the Nature Center based on those calls. (It is recommended but not required that you participate in session 1, 2,…

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Nature Center Workshop: The Life of an Elk

October 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nature Center, 550 South, 11 miles from Durango
Bondad, CO United States
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Whether up close or on the side of the road, chances are you've seen elk frequently around Durango - you may have even stepped in their scat on a hike! Now you have a chance to "walk a mile in their hooves" and see what the seasonal cycles are like in the life of this large mammal. DNS Naturalist Brooks Mitchell will lead the exploration of the Durango Nature Center, looking for signs of elk and having some fun along…

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