Durango Nature Studies partners with SUIMA for adventures in science

With stunning vistas on all sides, the SUIMA students finish their wilderness adventures at the Rapp Corral.
Esther Richards lends a helping hand to her son, Jayceon as he buckles on a pair of snowshoes at the Rapp Corral.
Lawrence Santistevan Jr. buckles his snowshoes at the base camp before heading out with his school group. For many of the students, this was their first time on snowshoes.
Sakarii Goodtracks, bundled up against the cold, trekked alongside the younger students for the Durango Nature Studies outdoor education program.
Sibrya Larry and Sinayya Valdez raise their hands with Program Director Kiley Smith as they talk about rules of the forest and get ready for their adventure.
Kennith Hayes explains his project to the Durango Nature Studies educators and guides. The project involved building a small shelter where a squirrel might withstand the winter elements, then testing the temperature to see how well they did.
Trying to run in snowshoes made for a fun, but short-lasting activity for the young students.
Sibrya Larry was one of the young trekkers who volunteered to take thermometer readings on a ridgeline to determine if north or south facing slopes had different temperatures at the same time of day.
Olyvia Watts get into the spirit of snowshoeing during their Haviland Lake excursion.
Tayton Goodtracks and Jayceon Richards had some fun throwing snowballs with their peers.
Kennith Hayes explains his project to the Durango Nature Studies educators and guides. The project involved building a small shelter where a squirrel might withstand the winter elements, then testing the temperature to see how well they did.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students, guides and parents spent the day snowshoeing at Haviland Lake, Thursday, Jan. 23. The program, led by Durango Nature Studies, focused on outdoor education and science lessons for the young participants. Program Director Kiley Smith worked alongside volunteers to ensure that the students had a science filled adventure. One group of older students and one group of younger each completed unique challenges and activities in the forest. SUIMA guides and a number of parents donned snowshoes for the fieldtrip as well. The program serves around 600 students in the Four Corners region, this is the second year that the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy made the trip from Ignacio. The trekkers finish with an outdoor picnic at the Rapp Corral.

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