Stephanie Weber


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

Wildfires scare us but yield opportunity for nature

The 416 Fire has consumed thousands of acres of treasured forest this week. It is safe to say it has also consumed many of our thoughts since it broke out June 1. People have responded by opening...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

On Earth Day, commit to protecting our natural resources

The topic for this month’s column came easily to mind – Earth Day. It is April, after all. The 48th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22. My predecessor, Sally Shuffield, has eloquently covered...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Students, Buffleheads remind us to savor our time in nature

At Durango Nature Studies, we’ve already wrapped up our winter education program, “Surviving and Thriving in Winter,” and educators are preparing for our spring programs at the Nature Center. I’m...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Understanding our environment is an important step to loving it

It’s February already – that time of year when pink and red hearts invade our world and implore us to declare our love to our partners, children, peers and anyone else who happens to cross our...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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