Stephanie Weber

Email: stephanie@durangonaturestudies.org

This new symbiotic relationship between nonprofits will enhance our world

I’ve always loved the concept of symbiosis as a beneficial relationship between two organisms. That is the example we use in our fourth grade winter adaptation program with the Clark’s nutcracker...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Resolve to try forest bathing in 2020

I’ve been looking forward to 2020. My daughter graduates from high school this year, and references and jokes about clear vision have coursed through our family for a long time. Now that the new...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Give the gift of time in nature this holiday season

Does anybody else feel like the shortened time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year has taken an already busy time of year and sent it into hyperdrive? If Noel Night was any indication,...

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

Unplugging is necessary for making healthy connections

One of the most compelling things about the work we do at Durango Nature Studies is making connections. Our explicit goal is to connect people of every age to the wonders of the natural world,...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

This science news is for the birds

At the end of September, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of mornings at the Nature Center. On both occasions, our activities were interrupted, as crystal clear songs from resident birds...

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

We are seeing extreme weather with greater frequency

At the Durango Nature Studies’ office, weather tends to be a popular discussion topic – ranking right up there with the latest tips and tricks in pedagogy and, of course, the Monday morning debrief...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Durango nonprofits, Forest Service combine forces for Hermosa Creek

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Durango Nature Studies will join Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountains Association, Trails 2000 and the San Juan National Forest to host an array of...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Take a moment to recognize and appreciate power of nature

It’s hard to believe that we have just wrapped up our sixth week of summer camps at Durango Nature Studies. Our “Junior Naturalist Field Camp” – a weeklong day camp for elementary-aged students –...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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

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