After-School Programs in Durango

San Juan Science Ramblers, K-5

Too much screen time? Get your kids outside with SJMA’s new after-school program, the San Juan Science Ramblers. Kids, grades K-5, will be led on after school science- based hiking adventures with our amazing education staff and volunteers. This is a great option for kids who love nature and science. Each month will have a theme focused on outdoor exploration and learning.

To accommodate the varying needs of our community, SJMA is offering 3 sessions per month.  Two sessions will include students attending in-person, blended/hybrid and shared school learning only and one session will include students attending remote or homeschool learning only. This session is designed to allow families who want limited COVID-19 exposure to still be able to enjoy an outdoor science experience.

COVID Modifications:

  • Participants will be asked to maintain 6 ft. of social distancing when reasonable, wear face-masks, and hand-wash/sanitize frequently
  • No shared food or communal eating spaces
  • Families will be expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Daily temperature checks will be conducted by program counselors
  • We ask that parents please have conversations with their kids about social distancing, using the restroom outside, and the expectation of long(ish) periods of physical activity
San Juan Ramblers

Age: Kindergarten – 5th grade

Time: 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm (until daylight savings which we will then adjust times as needed)

Location: In-Town Trails, Durango (for the convenience of parents and due to day light savings, SJMA is utilizing in-town trails)

Transportation: Parent drop off & pick up

Cost: See prices below. We believe these opportunities should be available to all. If you are in need of financial assistance,  please submit our Camp Scholarship Form.

Max Number of Campers: 22

September Theme: Living off the Land

  • Week 1: Wild Edible Plant Adventure
  • Week 2: Animal Tracking
  • Week 3: Shelters & Tools
  • Week 4: Survivor Village

October Theme: Signs of Fall

  • Week 1: Bears Preparing for Winter
  • Week 2: Fall Colors
  • Week 3: Where Do All the Animals Go?
  • Week 4: Leaf Forts

November Theme: Going the Distance

  • Week 1: Maps and Compass
  • Week 2: First Aid
  • Week 3: Hogsback Challenge
  • Week 4: Leave No Trace

San Juan Science Ramblers
In-Person, Blended/Hybrid and Shared School Learners ONLY

  • September Sessions
    • Mondays: Sept 14, 21 and 28 (3); Cost: $60
    • Wednesdays: Sept 9, 16, 23 and 30 (4); Cost: $80
  • October Sessions
    • Mondays: Oct 5, 12, 19, and 26 (4);  Cost $80
    • Wednesdays: Oct 7, 14, 21, and 28 (4); Cost $80
  • November Sessions
    • Mondays: Nov 2, 9, 16 and 30 (4);  Cost $80

San Juan Science Ramblers
Remote and Homeschool Learners ONLY*

  • September Session:
    • Tuesdays: Sept 8, 15, 22, and 29 (4), Cost: $80
  • October Session:
    • Tuesdays: Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27 (4); Cost $80
  • November Session:
    • Tuesdays: Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Dec 1 (4); Cost $80

*Please do not sign your child up for this day if they attend any “in-person” learning. These sessions are designed to allow families who want limited COVID-19 exposure to still be able to enjoy an outdoor science experience.

Questions? Check out our FAQ and Camp Policies or contact SJMA’s La Plata County Education Coordinator, Megan Lanigan at (970) 316-2173 or