School Programs

Knowledge that Cannot Be Forgotten

Our school programs provide authentic learning experiences for all grade levels, preschool through college. We connect classrooms to the outdoors, knowing that we learn the most from experiences that reach us deeply. SJMA has combined our school programs with Durango Nature Studies’ programs. These programs pair classroom presentations with unforgettable trips on public lands– in the San Juan Mountains and at our Nature Center. All school programs are aligned with state and national science standards, including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS.)

School Program Options

Children Discovering Nature (CDN) Program (combined classroom and field trips) is a two-part, nature-based science education program for grades K-5 in which students learn about science topics and local habitats through hands-on activities in the classroom and field. Topics covered correlate to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for each grade.

Nature-in-Classroom (NIC) program offers one-hour, classroom-only enrichment programs around natural science topics for grades K-5. 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.  They help teachers meet state science standards, while engaging students through inquiry based activities.  

Surviving and Thriving in Winter (STW) is a two-part science and winter ecology program on snowshoes for grades 3-5 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.

Exploring Science in Nature (ESN) Program (combined classroom and field trips) 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.

Nature-in-Classroom (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. They help teachers meet state science standards, while engaging students through inquiry based activities.  

Surviving and Thriving in Winter (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.

Nature and Science Enrichment Field Trips: For Home School Kids or Other Small Groups

For groups of 18 kids and under, SJMA staff can provide programs in the outdoors to enrich your curriculum or group activities.

Program Options
– Spring or fall: 3 hour field trip at the Nature Center.
– Winter: 3 hour winter ecology and snow science program on snowshoes at our winter site

Program Choices
SJMA staff educators can create an outdoor program around the topic of your choosing.  Sample programs include:
– The Social Lives of Bees
– Bats: Adaptations for the Sky
– Bird Survival
– River Ecology
– Winter Wildlife

Pricing
– Our standard pricing for field trips is $10/student for the spring and fall and $10/student for our winter snowshoe programs (includes snowshoes).

Questions? Call 970-385-1256

SJMA has wonderful preschool programs for younger students that can be held in the classroom or schoolyard of your preschool. These classes  are made even more exciting by our array of pelts, bones, birds, and other sensory material.

Program Choices

Animals Have it Covered:  Fur, Feathers, and Scales – Oh My!
This hands-on lesson allows students to observe and investigate different animal coverings and learn how they help each animal survive. Students will categorize animals based on their coverings, talk about covering differences between juveniles and adults, and also learn every function (such as camouflage, insulation, and protection) that the coverings provide. Meets CO Science Standards: Pre-K: 2.1, 2.2

Shadow Play: A Lesson on Light

Shadows. We see them every day, inside and outside, but how are they created? Through   different hands on stations and a myriad of exploratory objects, students will discover what creates a shadow, how the sun moves changing the position of a shadow, and how a shadow reflects an object in front of the sun.Meets CO Science Standards: Pre-K: 1.2, 3.2

Winter is Here: Animal Adaptations
Students will explore the many structural and behavioral adaptations of local wildlife as they prepare for winter survival.  We will bring in samples of winter furs, dress up in animal “winter gear,” create winter homes, and play games to imitate the tasks animals must do to survive winter.Meets CO Science Standards:  Pre-K: 2.1, 2.2

Move Like an Animal
How do animals move and why?  Join us as we hop, fly, swim, and crawl our way through the animal kingdom. Students will observe different body structures of animals and how they allow an animal to move.  We will classify animals into groups according to how they move and discuss specific attributes that make that animal unique.Meets CO Science Standards: Pre-K: 2.1, 2.2

Pricing: A one hour program at your preschool for up to 23 children is $50.

Questions? Call 970-385-1256.