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May 12: Lessons in the Learnscape Mother's Day Drawing Workshop and Nature Walk -- CANCELLED

  • Family Event
  • Adult Workshop
  • Nature Walk
When May 12, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Nearby Nature Yurt in Alton Baker Park
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-687-9699
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CANCELLED -- check back for a Wagner workshop later in the year -- enjoy your Mother's Day!


Looking for a naturally creative way to celebrate Mother's Day? Why not join Nearby Nature for our special Mother's Day Wildflower Drawing Workshop and Nature Walk, hosted by David Wagner. The event will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 1-4 pm, in Alton Baker Park and at Nearby Nature's Yurt in Alton Baker Park.

Participants in the Mother's Day Wildflower Drawing Workshop will start out with a nature walk from 1-2 pm (kids welcome). From 2-4 pm, moms will enjoy a drawing workshop in our Yurt and kids will enjoy supervised play in our Learnscape. Photographs will be used as a template for making accurate ink drawings of natural objects with an emphasis on the traditional technique of stippling. This method also works well for making drawings for coloring. Participants will need microtip pens and are encouraged to bring a favorite nature photo and art materials as desired. Other materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is encouraged and space is limited. The workshop cost is a sliding scale: $17-$30 for members, $20-$35 for non-members. Work trades are available. Childcare costs an additional $5 per child. Please register for childcare in advance so we know how many kids to expect. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or email, or see

About the Instructor: David Wagner was a missionary kid raised in India, attending boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains from kindergarten through high school. Early in life he fell in love with mountains and nature. He collected ferns, beetles, and butterflies, tracked birds and mammals, and chased snakes. After returning to the USA he went through college and graduate school in Washington, earning a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University. From there he moved directly to Eugene, Oregon, where he has lived and worked for over 35 years. He specializes in ferns, mosses, and liverworts. He operates the Northwest Botanical Institute, dedicated to research, education, and public service. He is deeply involved with the Eugene Natural History Society, has created the Willamette Valley Nature Calendar for many years, and writes a monthly nature column, "It's About Time," for the Eugene Weekly newspaper.

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