Nature + Art Walks, designed for children ages 5-12, are returning this summer, organized by Springville Center for the Arts. These adventurous walks inspire big ideas in little people.

Parents stroll with their children during the walk and siblings are encouraged to participate as well. Each walk pairs a simple art activity with the surrounding natural beauty. Participants will meet at the Art Center, 37 N. Buffalo Street, Springville at 9:30 a.m. The group will then travel to the locations to meet a site custodian, get a tour and participate in an art activity hosted by SCA’s Visual Arts Intern, Francesca Rosati. The activity will conclude by noon. Participants may want to bring a bag lunch.

Ellicottville’s Nannen Arboretum will be the location of the first Nature + Art walk on July 28. An eight-acre arboretum and botanical garden that contains over two hundred and fifty species of trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs, Nannen includes several Japanese gardens, a pond with fish, and a large herb garden.

The last walk, on Aug. 11 will take place at the Nature Sanctuary Society’s Clifford Furman Preserve. This preserve is a wetland known as a “fen.” A peat-forming area receiving nutrients from groundwater and precipitation, a fen is richer in nutrients and less acidic than a bog.  These conditions make for an unusual array of wetland plants not often found elsewhere in Western New York.

The cost is $5 per student. Register by calling (716) 592-9038 or online at