Middle School Programs

Exploring Science in Nature (ESN):

ESN is a two-part science and nature education program for grades 6-8 in which students learn about science topics through hands-on activities and experiments in the classroom and field. ESN builds on our grade school program, Children Discovering Nature (CDN), by adding deeper science concepts and by using the scientific method.  Topics covered correlate to Colorado and national science education standards for each grade.

First, an educator visits each classroom for an hour-long lesson to introduce science concepts that prepare students for a field trip. The following week, your class visits the Durango Nature Center for a half-day field trip. Instructors guide small groups through a variety of habitats, engaging students by using the scientific method related to specific standards. These field trips solidify science understanding by allowing students to conduct research in a natural setting.

ESN Catalog for 2019-2020 (including pricing)

Interested? Contact us at 970-385-1256 or info@sjma.org.

Nature-in-Classroom (NIC):

The NIC program offers one-hour, classroom-only enrichment programs around natural science topics for grades 6-8. NIC is a great way to dig a little deeper into something that the class is studying or to present a standards-based environmental education program using our extensive resources (pelts, birds, skulls, tracks, other animal signs, and more!).  They help teachers meet state science standards, while engaging students through inquiry based activities.  

NIC Topics: Animal Signs  |  Buzz on Bees  |  Geology Rock Talk  |  Insect Investigation  |  Discovering Your Senses  |  Fire: A Forest Friend  |  All About Owls  |  Bird Basics  |  Winter Wildlife

NIC Programs Catalog (including Pricing)

Interested? Contact us at 970-385-1256 or info@sjma.org

Surviving and Thriving in Winter (STW):

STW is a two-part science and winter ecology program on snowshoes for grades 6-8 in which students learn about snow science and winter animal adaptations through hands-on activities in the classroom and field. Topics covered correlate to Colorado and national science education standards for each grade.  We provides snowshoes for up to 60 students and chaperones per field program.