Natural Land Institute received two grants to support this year’s Art in Nature program: $2,000 from of Rockford Area Arts Council’s Community Arts Access Grant program and $2,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Rockford. We appreciate the financial support from these organizations that goes toward the purchase of supplies (sketchpad/journal, writing and drawing pencils, sharpener, erasers, and a reusable water bottle) that students get to keep, snacks and the session presenters.
NLI will present the Art in Nature program for the seventh year in a row on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden to 4th and 5th grade students from Julia Lathrop Elementary School.
This annual educational program that is coordinated by Kim Johnsen, Director of Marketing & Membership, Laura Sjoquist, Community Conservation Coordinator, and the NLI Education Committee incorporates art with the core curriculum subjects of writing and science in a hands-on outdoor learning experience.
The session Presenters are Drawing: Gretchen Gessner and Sherrie Dorr; Writing: Christine Swanberg; and Trees: David Hinde.
How the Program Works
NLI staff and volunteers walk with the students from the school to Klehm Arboretum, which is next door. Each grade level has three classes that participate in the three hour program. During this time there are three concurrent sessions that focus on drawing trees, writing about their experiences and observations of trees and plants, and tree/plant identification. Students participate in a session for 45 minutes, break and then move to the next session. 4th graders do this in the morning and 5th graders in the afternoon.