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CANM Full Moon Hike

Join SJMA and educators from Canyons of the Ancients National Monument for a special hike through the moonlit Sand Canyon while learning about how the moon impacts wildlife and humans alike. This trail is usually closed after sunset, so this is a rare chance to see it under a different light. From sunset to moonrise,

Forest to Faucets – Teacher Workshop

Each year, SJMA, Mountain Studies Institute, Water Information Program, and Fort Lewis College host a FUN two day, hands-on exploration of our local watersheds for teachers. Designed for local teachers’ to teach their students about where water comes from – because it doesn’t just come from the faucet. Curriculum guide is based on the children’s

San Juan Nature Walk

Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist walk! Learn about wildflowers, ecology, wildlife, geology, and cultural history in our beautiful San Juan Mountains. This walk is offered every Friday starting June 9 through September 29. The fun, fact-filled nature walk is moderate, We'll be moving at a "walking" pace for

Homeschooler’s Outdoor Explorations Program Open House

Bring your family and visit the Nature Center to get a sneak peak of our new tuition free outdoor skills and environmental education program for homeschooled elementary students launching this fall! When: August 5, 2023 from 10am - 2pm Where: SJMA's Nature Center, 310 Rivers End Rd, Durango Cost: Free, of course! Program Details: Check

Junior Naturalist Field Camp: Nature Detectives

Junior Naturalist Field Camps (JNFC) are week-long camps where elementary-aged children (rising 1st – 6th graders) will spend time learning about the natural world. They get to play with old friends and make new ones, too. Campers leave with memories, new friends, and a better understanding of the world in which they live. SJMA is

San Juan Nature Walk

Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist walk! Learn about wildflowers, ecology, wildlife, geology, and cultural history in our beautiful San Juan Mountains. This walk is offered every Friday starting June 9 through September 29. The fun, fact-filled nature walk is moderate, We'll be moving at a "walking" pace for

San Juan Nature Walk

Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist walk! Learn about wildflowers, ecology, wildlife, geology, and cultural history in our beautiful San Juan Mountains. This walk is offered every Friday starting June 9 through September 29. The fun, fact-filled nature walk is moderate, We'll be moving at a "walking" pace for

Mushroom Foraging Hike

Join local experts on a mushroom foray to learn about the incredible edible bounty that grows in our region. This is a mushroom forage for beginners - no experience or equipment required! You'll learn how to ID a few mushroom species, how to forage in a sustainable way, and what you need to start foraging on

San Juan Nature Walk

Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist walk! Learn about wildflowers, ecology, wildlife, geology, and cultural history in our beautiful San Juan Mountains. This walk is offered every Friday starting June 9 through September 29. The fun, fact-filled nature walk is moderate, We'll be moving at a "walking" pace for

Shred Day

It's not quite time to shred up at Purg, but it IS time to shred any old documents you might have. Suggested donations is $10/box; all of which goes directly to SJMA! (Limited to three bankers boxes) Come early to ensure your shredded documents will be hauled away by Phoenix Recycling LLC. Thank you to

CANM Star Party

All are welcome! Join us, along with other amateur astronomers and enthusiasts alike, for a family friendly event exploring human connections to the stars, constellations, and celestial objects. The guest speaker will discuss bridging the gap between cultures using the sky as a common experience. 7pm: Bertram Tsavadaws, Hopi Guide 8pm: Mary Weahkee, Archaeologist from

Painted Hand Pueblo Trail Project with CANM and SJMA

Be a part of National Public Lands Day (NLPD) 2023, the nation’s largest, volunteer event for our public lands! Join SJMA and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (CANM) to complete trail work and trailhead register/sign installation at the Painted Hand Pueblo. This project is open to everyone and all ages! No training or

Mt. Sneffels Volunteer Trail Work Project

Join SJMA & the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative on a special Mt. Sneffels volunteer trail work project! We'll camp at the Mt. Sneffels trailhead the night before (Sunday, September 24). The next morning, we will repair sections of the popular summit trail in the alpine tundra. No training needed, and we'll bring all the tools! Questions? Reach out

Solar Eclipse Viewing & Tarantula Day

Join us at SJMA's Nature Center to view the 2023 annular solar eclipse this October! Some of the best viewing in the country is happening right here, near the Four Corners. Peak eclipse will happen at 10:35am MST. We will also be celebrating tarantula migration. We will have family-friendly eclipse viewing, scavenger hunts, spider cookie

Christmas Tree Harvest Day 2023

Join SJMA for our biggest volunteer day of the year, our Christmas Tree Harvest Day!  Each year, we sell locally harvested, white firs on our Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot. We coordinate with the San Juan National Forest to designate the area in most need of thinning white fir trees. This thinning improves forest health

Full Moon Howler Snowshoe Hike

One way to beat the darkness of this time of year is to get outside and enjoy it!  While experiencing the alpine glow of the Twilight Peaks and the rise of the full moon, strap on your snowshoes and join SJMA staff for an 60-90 minute interpretive walk.  Afterwards, take in the beauty of the

Snow Science and Social

Love to play in the snow? Want to learn more about winter in the San Juans? Join SJMA and Mountain Studies Institute for our special winter hike series, Snow Science & Social! Back by popular demand, these snowshoe hikes are a great opportunity to explore the snowy landscape and learn more about winter in the

Full Moon Howler Snowshoe Hike

One way to beat the darkness of this time of year is to get outside and enjoy it!  While experiencing the alpine glow of the Twilight Peaks and the rise of the full moon, strap on your snowshoes and join SJMA staff for an 60-90 minute interpretive walk.  Afterwards, take in the beauty of the

Snow Science & Social

Love to play in the snow? Want to learn more about winter in the San Juans? Join SJMA and Mountain Studies Institute for our special winter hike series, Snow Science & Social! Back by popular demand, these snowshoe hikes are a great opportunity to explore the snowy landscape and learn more about winter in the

Wild Chicken Cross-Country Ski Festival for Kids!

What: Sign your kid up to join us for a day of fun and learning in the snow! We'll have cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. We welcome abilities of all levels. We'll lead groups on a tour which will include winter outdoor skills and some cool winter science then warm up with some hot

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