Stephanie Weber


Cicadas enthrall visitors to the Durango Nature Center

Durango Nature Studies’ educators Mike Bienkowski and Kiley Smith, along with an amazing team of volunteer naturalists, wrapped up the final school field trips at the Durango Nature Center at the...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

It can be a bird-eat-bird world out there – but only if you let it

The world can be relentless. I was reminded of this the other night as we were listening to an array of bird songs only to have the melody interrupted by a sharp-shinned hawk snatching a dove out...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

It’s spring! Celebrate Earth Day and more

Last weekend while canyoneering with friends and talking about the ongoing opportunities to snowshoe, one friend emphatically declared that spring had started March 21, intimating that she was...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Sharing our world with animals demands we respect them

March 3 was World Wildlife Day, so I’ve been thinking about the animals that share space with us. At Durango Nature Studies, we are transitioning to our springtime programs for kindergartners and...

DATE: March 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

The subnivean world is a busy, important place for ecosystem health

One of my favorite things about work is the office banter that occurs when our educators plan lessons for our education and after-school programs. Last week, the education team was discussing the...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Resolve to be curious about the natural world

We’re almost to mid-January. How are those New Year’s resolutions going? I’m still vacillating over whether or not to actually make any resolutions. I have a number of goals for 2019, but I view...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Understanding nature is critical in this changing world

If you are like me, your morning routine isn’t complete until you’ve checked Jeff Givens’ latest forecast. His blog, , is bookmarked on all my devices, and he is frequently...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

The power of outdoor play benefits kids – and all of us

I feel like it has been a stressful year in our neck of the woods. Political divisions and economic stressors have been exacerbated by drought and wildfires. Casual conversations throughout town...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Hiking in France to connect to nature, history, culture

Durangoans live for adventure, and it’s pretty typical to spend Monday mornings getting the latest news on weekend exploits from colleagues. This summer, it seems like half the town took some...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

One word at a time, our understanding of nature is diminishing

Acorn. Blackberry. Bluebell. Heron. Pasture. These words all share something in common. True, they may be things you see when hiking around these parts, but that’s not exactly it. They are five of...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Thousands of students benefit from visits to Durango Nature Center

The natural world provides an important laboratory for all learners. Just when it started to feel like a normal summer, I turned the page on the calendar to see the start of the school year staring...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Summer camps connect children to nature, each other

We are in the midst of summer camp season. New friendships and memories occur on a daily basis. At the start of every camp, children’s nervousness may override excitement, but at the end of that...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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