Preschool Programs

Preschool Classroom Programs


DNS has wonderful preschool programs for younger students that can be held in the classroom or schoolyard of your preschool. These classes  are made even more exciting by our array of pelts, bones, birds, and other sensory material.

Program Choices

Animals Have it Covered:  Fur, Feathers, and Scales – Oh My!
This hands-on lesson allows students to observe and investigate different animal coverings and learn how they help each animal survive. Students will categorize animals based on their coverings, talk about covering differences between juveniles and adults, and also learn every function (such as camouflage, insulation, and protection) that the coverings provide.
Meets CO Science Standards: Pre-K: 2.1, 2.2 

Shadow Play: A Lesson on Light

Shadows. We see them every day, inside and outside, but how are they created? Through   different hands on stations and a myriad of exploratory objects, students will discover what creates a shadow, how the sun moves changing the position of a shadow, and how a shadow reflects an object in front of the sun.
Meets CO Science Standards: Pre-K: 1.2, 3.2 

Winter is Here: Animal Adaptations
Students will explore the many structural and behavioral adaptations of local wildlife as they prepare for winter survival.  We will bring in samples of winter furs, dress up in animal “winter gear,” create winter homes, and play games to imitate the tasks animals must do to survive winter.
Meets CO Science Standards:  Pre-K: 2.1, 2.2 

Move Like an Animal
How do animals move and why?  Join us as we hop, fly, swim, and crawl our way through the animal kingdom. Students will observe different body structures of animals and how they allow an animal to move.  We will classify animals into groups according to how they move and discuss specific attributes that make that animal unique.
Meets CO Science Standards: Pre-K: 2.1, 2.2 


Please fill out and submit the registration form to get the process started. Once we see what you are interested in, our staff will contact you to solidify your date and to and talk to you about your program expectations.  Please list three date options if possible
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A one hour program at your preschool for up to 23 children is $50.

Payment Options
– Pay by cash or check the day of the program
– Mail check to DNS, PO Box 3808, Durango, CO 81302

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