Looking to broaden your knowledge of our surrounding environment? Curious about the birds, bears and billowing clouds of our mountainous habitat? From tiny toddlers to lifelong learners, Durango Nature Studies has a little something for everyone over the coming weeks and waning days of summer. Check out these quickly-approaching events:
Wee Walks: Wednesday's, August 2-23, 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. Join Durango Nature Studies naturalists for a fun hour of learning and exploration designed especially for budding naturalists, ages 3-5. Explore bugs, plants, dirt and other little things as you and your youngsters learn how to use your senses for discovering the natural world. Meet at the Rotary Park Pavilion. Older and younger siblings welcome to tag along. No reservations necessary. $5 per child/FREE for members and adults.
Best for: Preschoolers who love things that are smaller than they are!
Durango Nature Center open: Open to the public every Saturday through October, 10 a.m. till
3 p.m. Take Hwy 550 South for 12 miles. Left on CR 310/318, then another immediate left on River's End Ln. Nature Center parking area is located 1/10 of mile at the end of River's End Ln. Bring the family to explore 140 acres of hiking trails through a variety of ecosystems. River play, picnic pavilion, junior naturalist badge, interpretive trail, nesting bird walk and a variety of workshops available. Sorry, no dogs allowed (wildlife sensitive area). 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. $5 nonmembers. FREE for members and children 12 and under.
Best for: Families looking for something fresh and educational to do on a Saturday.
August Full Moon Hike: Monday, August 7, 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. Meet at Falls Creek Trailhead for an evening under the full moon. Naturalist Grace Gordon leads hikers on an exploratory journey of the senses to learn about animals that are just waking up in and around Durango as the sun goes down. This isn't a hardcore fitness excursion but rather a chance to slow down and notice the quieting world around us. Enjoy folklore, nighttime sensory activities, astronomy events and discovering animal behavior for this time of year. Family-friendly event. To register, email Grace at email@example.com or call 740.504.3398. $10 nonmembers. FREE for members and kids under 12.
Best for: Night owls and kids seeking a good excuse to stay up past their bedtime.
For more information, please call 970.382.9244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.