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Integrating the Arts and Natural Sciences

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center, DBA Willowtail Preserve/Education Center, is thrilled to announce its 501c3 non-profit status now providing Residencies in the Arts & Sciences and Scholarship Support.


  • IM000263Conserve, expand and improve the existing 60 acres of Willowtail Springs, its buildings and its diverse and rich eco systems.
  • Support and encourage those who seek to conserve, protect, and renew nature.
  • Promote education through the arts and sciences.
  • Provide a protected environment, allowing those practitioners to pursue their vision through exploration, reflection, research, collaboration and creative talents.

Current Opportunities and Updates for Residencies:   We are currently accepting applications for fully funded Residencies in The Arts and/or Natural Sciences.
Check the website for more description under Residencies in The Arts and Residencies in the Natural Sciences, Conservation and Ecology.



Open Shutter Gallery presents
A Tuesday Evening Seminar


Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., Durango

A free talk with slide presentation of her photography
with work from her recent artist residency at Willowtail Springs.

“My week at WTSNPEC allowed me to fill the well of my inner artistic reservoir. Life is hectic and full of distractions. For me, the months prior to my time at Willowtail were busting at the seams. I appreciated the unique opportunity to separate myself from typical responsibilities which have a way of distracting my artist brain. My week in a peaceful, beautiful, and supportive atmosphere allowed my artist brain to, once again, tune into sounds, smells, observations, details and all the magic of the moments where the littlest things in life seem utterly important. In addition, I regained momentum for carrying out some daily patterns that are part of my artistic process; writing, reading, sketching, painting, image making…all on a daily basis, with regularity and zest!”


The Birds of Willowtail Springs

Opens Friday, September 26, 5pm-9pm.
Studio &, 1027 Main Ave., Durango
Hangs through October 4

A new series avian art inspired by her
week-long artist residency at Willowtail Springs.


Read more about Elizabeth’s residency
in this Durango Herald article.