SPRINGVILLE—The Springville Center for the Arts will be coordinating four different Nature + Art Walks. The walks are 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 12 to 3 p.m. This walk will be at the Olmsted Camp, led by Lia Oprea. It starts with a picnic lunch at the setting which is 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 Genesee Road Adventure walk will be Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by Mary Carol Dearing and George Klemens, kids will participate in an educational scavenger hunt at a private site, collecting things along the way, identifying and sketching natural points of interest and finish by planting a tree and eating a picnic lunch. Participants should meet at approximately 6511 Genesee Road.
Those interested in photography should meet at the playground near Shelter Four in Sprague Brook Park for the July 29 Nature + Art Walk. Running from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ray Kent will lead participants on a hike with the family while capturing 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.
Rounding out the summer, the final Nature + Art Walk will be Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. Judson Brown will teach and demonstrate Elementary Plein Air at the Scoby Hill Dam. 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 for children aged 5-12, other family members do not need to register.
A parent or guardian must stay with their child throughout the entirety of each walk. Visit SYIOnline.org to register. For more information, call Springville Center for the Arts at 592-9038.