Kellogg Bird Sanctuary offers workshop series on ecology, nature journaling

Document the plants in your yard, make art while observing insects, or watch and draw birds. Learn how to sketch the natural features around you with the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and local artist Olivia Mendoza in a four-week, online workshop beginning Thursday, Feb. 18.  

The interactive series, Nature Drawing: Blending Art and Science, will be held on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on select Thursdays: Feb. 18 and 25, and March 4 and 11. Register at to get the meeting link and password.  

This course is part ecology primer and part art class. Participants will be introduced to ecology at several spatial scales, including landscapes, communities and species, and will learn techniques to sketch landscapes, species interactions, and organisms. 

Each class will begin with a presentation on the ecology of native plants and landscapes, given by a Kellogg Biological Station scientist. Participants will spend the remainder of class learning from Mendoza how to document their observations of nature using techniques in colored pencil. 

Schedule and registration 

Class topics are as follows:

  • Feb. 18: Introduction to Nature Journaling 
  • Feb. 25: Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology 
  • March 4: Community Ecology 
  • March 11: Species Ecology 

Register by Thursday, Feb. 11, for discounted course fees of $45 for Sanctuary members or $55 for non-members. Beginning Feb. 12, registration is $55 for members and $65 for non-members. 

 For more information about the Sanctuary, visit Direct questions to or (269) 671-2510. 


About the Sanctuary 

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts. 

The Sanctuary’s grounds and trails are open to visitors who observe proper safety and distancing guidelines, The Auditorium restrooms are open, though other buildings—including the Resource Center and Gift Shop—are closed. A walk-up window is available for guests to pay admission and purchase souvenirs or corn to feed the waterfowl. Current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Please consider supporting the Sanctuary by becoming a member. 

About the Kellogg Biological Station 

As Michigan State University’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit