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Sketch Hike

sketchbook on park bench

You'll have to leave home a little earlier than usual for this site: Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park

1211 W. Highway 34
Loveland, CO 80537
4 miles west of the Dam Store / entrance to Big Thompson Canyon

Park Hours - Open April 15 - October 31 from 8:00am to dusk

We will meet in the west parking area (turn left as you come off of Hwy 34) near the restrooms. Our subjects will include plants of the foothills - focusing on indicator species (mountain mahogany), and some edible ones (chokecherry and currant) - we're going to work on some life size work as if for a scientific report or cook book, and I'll share a jam recipe too!

First time participants will receive an orientation to the "art" of nature journaling. Returning participants are asked to check in with the group before finding a spot to sketch. There will be a "sketch cheats" or journaling techniques lesson at the beginning of the session that is optional for any participant. We'll all gather together during the last 10-15 minutes and share (optional) and cheer each other on.

This group is designed to make beginners very comfortable and encouraged, and to make everyone more knowledgeable about the nature around them. Art in Nature programs are generally held on the third Friday of each month. Times and locations vary with changes in the seasons. If the weather looks bad we'll send out alternate plans via Offero email.

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