Community Workshops

Community Workshop Series

Durango 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, and other topics.  Full moon hikes are not an exercise in fitness. Instead, they offer a chance to slow down and notice the cooling, quieting world around us.
Cost: Free for members and kids 12 and under, $5 for non-members

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Nature Center Workshops:
The Nature Center is open to the public during Saturday Workshops from May through October.  We aim to offer approximately two (2) community workshops each month during the summer, and they are suitable for all ages. These workshops are led by DNS naturalists or other experts in a specific field.  Please check our calendar on the home page for the latest workshop offerings and time.  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, and it’s a perfect event for beginning snowshoers.
Cost: Free for members and kids 12 and under, $10 for non-members, rent snowshoes from DNS for $5.

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Miscellaneous Workshops:
In addition to the three primary 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.  Be sure to sign up for our electronic newsletter for updates on special programs.

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