Stephanie Weber


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

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

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