Want to learn something new about the outdoors with a fun, like-minded group of people? Field Seminars are typically most appropriate for adults and youth ages 12 and up but read descriptions and contact the leader for more details. If you’re interested in sharing some of your own knowledge of the outdoors with the public, please consider becoming a volunteer!
Teen Backpacking Trip
August 7-9, 2019
The 3 day trip will go along the scenic Bear Creek on the west side of the La Plata Mountains. Certified interpretive guide MK Gunn will guide the group into the woods with plenty of time for side hikes, ecology lessons, and self-reflection. Participants will need to carry most of their own provisions and gear (equipment list available). Free gear rentals may also be available. Some parents will be needed to help with transportation. Contact MK.
Hermosa Resilience: A community event
August 10, 2019
9:00 am—12:00 pm
The event is aimed at providing the community with opportunities to engage in restoration efforts and to learn how the fire affected local forests.
San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA), Trails 2000, Mountain Studies Institute (MSI), Durango Nature Studies, and the SJNF are hosting the half-day event at the Lower Hermosa Campground. It will provide the public an opportunity to restore the Hermosa Creek trail, plant native seeds, and enjoy interpretive and stewardship-oriented hikes through the burn area. There will also be educational children’s activities.
August 20, 2019
How many plants could you find in the woods to eat? There’s probably a lot more than you would expect! Join Katrina Blair, edible plant expert and co-founder of Turtle Lake Refuge on this popular, fun and informative hike in La Plata Canyon. Pre-registration required.
September 8, 2019
8:30 am – 4 pm
Join MK on a hike at Highland Mary Lakes in Silverton and learn how glaciers shaped the landscape of the San Juan Mountains during the last ice age. Come prepared to spend the day in the mountains –this hike is strenuous! Carpool from Durango at 7 am or meet at the trailhead at 8:30 am. Pre-registration required.
National Public Lands Day – Cross Canyon Wilderness Study Area
September 28, 2019
7:30 am – 3 pm
Volunteers will be installing an interpretive sign, replacing old and missing signage, gate and fence work and naturalizing the old two track road. Project work is considered moderate to difficult work. In addition, Kristie Arrington, retired archaeologist, will be on site to do some interpretation of the cultural sites at the trail head. In addition, Chris Barns, retired Wilderness Specialist, will discuss the Wilderness Study Area protection significance.