SPRINGVILLE—Nature + Art Walks, designed for children ages 5-12, are returning this fall, organized by Springville Center for the Arts. Two different guides will lead their own walk at a different location. Parents stay 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.
Join local artist Judy Wright at Griffis Sculpture Park as she teaches participants about different wildflowers and how to start their own drawing journal. Those attending will hike the paths throughout the park and discover the sculptures. Participants should bring a pad of paper, a black fine point marking pen and a pencil with an eraser. Families should meet at the top of the hill off of Route 219. The program takes place on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The second Nature + Art Walk pairs artmaking, fire and the Sycamore Reservation. A former Scout camp, Sycamore Reservation is 400 scenic acres in Zoar Valley dedicated to outdoor education. After a hike, artist Damon Hudac will work with the participants to create temporary sculptures using scrap materials that then become bonfires. Hudac is known locally as the creator of the art golf cart featured in past art crawls and the leader of the raucous Toad Meadow art events. Families should meet at the pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at 10676 Hammond Hill Road, East Otto.
To register for one or both of these Nature + Arts Walks, call 592-9038. Cost is $5 per student per session. Payment can be cash or checks made out to Springville Center for the Arts and will be collected at the start of the walk. It is encouraged to bring a bag lunch. For more information or directions to the sites, call 592-9038.
These Nature + Art Walks are part of Changing Seasons: The Byway Experience programs happening at Springville Center for the Arts. Call 592-9038 or visit SpringvilleArts.org for more information on the Byway exhibit on display through Nov. 18.