Spend time with your family in the great outdoors during four different Nature + Art Walks coordinated by Springville Center for the Arts. These walks are great for children ages 5 to 12 and are designed for parents, guardians, grandparents, and older siblings to walk with the designated participant. The cost is $5 per student per session. Each session, with a different guide at a different location each time, pairs a simple art activity with the surrounding natural beauty.
The first Nature + Art Walk will be Saturday, July 8 from noon to 3 p.m. This walk will be at the Olmsted Camp lead by Lia Oprea. Start with your picnic lunch at this peaceful setting listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hike down to Cattaraugus Creek for tubing, swimming or to collect clay for body art or sculptures. Participants should meet at the end of Benton Road, Sardinia.
The second Nature + Art Walk will be Saurday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. This walk, entitled Genesee Road Adventure, will be led by Mary Carol Dearing and George Klemens. Kids participate in an educational scavenger hunt at a private site, collecting things along the way and identifying and sketching natural points of interest (i.e. tree cut by a beaver). Finish by planting a tree and eating your picnic lunch. Meet at approximately 6511 Genesee Road.
The third Nature + Art Walk will be Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. This walk will take place at Sprague Brook Park doing photography with Ray Kent. Share a hike and capture photographs of nature. Kids should bring a camera – anything from a smartphone to a SLR is fine. Everyone is encouraged to bring a lunch for after. Meet at the playground before the creek near Shelter Four.
The fourth and final Nature + Art Walk will be Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Scoby Hill Dam will be the walk location. Lead by Judson Brown, he will be teaching and demonstrating Elementary Plein Air. Plein Air is when you paint or draw landscape. Venture down to this beautiful spot and create watercolor paintings. Creek play or a stroll along the trail is welcome. It is recommended to meet at the bottom of the parking area.
Registration is required. To preregister your child for one or all of these walks, please go to SYIOnline.org. Registration is required for any participant between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Other family members do not need to register. A parent or guardian must stay with their child throughout the entirety of each walk. If you have any questions regarding these Nature Walks, please call Springville Center for the Arts at (716) 592-9038.