Having grown up in Colorado and worked for many years as a camp counselor and art director in the mountains of Yosemite National Park, the hill country of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and the islands and beaches of Greece, I cherish the learning that occurs through creating, working, and exploring within natural environments.  Being highly involved in environmental activities such as hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and snowboarding, I am an advocate of the positive influence of learning that occurs in the natural environment. As a graduate student in art education, I focused my thesis research on the ways in which art and environmental education work together to enhance student learning.

Drawing from some of the ideas that surfaced from my research project, I have created this blog as an inspirational hub for nature enthusiasts, artists, environmentalists—anyone who is interested in incorporating more outdoor art learning into their teaching, educational programs, hobbies, or profession.

‘Til later, I leave you with the words of T.S. Elliot (1942) from his Four Quartets:

“We shall not cease from exploration; and at the end of all our exploring; will be to arrive where we started; and know the place for the first time” (p. 59).

May we, as artists, educators, researchers, writers, and nature-enthusiasts, never lose our sense of wonder as we strive to positively impact and enhance education for future generations of explorers.

3 thoughts on “Greetings!

  1. I love the concept for your blog! I very much enjoyed the articles you posted. I know from experience that environmental subjects taught in schools can make a long lasting impression. The influence of an elementary teacher resulted in my son becoming interested in all aspects of environmentalism and animal welfare. He is now an environmental attorney, helping to protect and preserve scenic areas in America.

    • Thanks for your kind words–and for sharing your son’s story! Your son sounds like an incredible example of why now, more than ever, schools need to promote a love and respect for the natural environment. What a tremendous and commendable job–defending America’s natural beauty!

  2. I really loved your blog, Tara! Yesterday a neighbor of our school donated a container that had a black walnut in 3 stages in it: big and green from on the tree, hard and brown from landing on the ground, and one that was broken in half with a baby tree growing out of it. Now we’re going to try to plant it at our school. Any ideas for how I can tie in an environmental art project to the planting and care of the tree?

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