Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offer free nature drawing workshop

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 the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts by joining a free workshop, set for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

The interactive workshop, Nature Drawing: Blending Art and Science, will be held on Zoom; register at to get the link and password. Participants should gather supplies ahead of time, including:

  • An object from your yard to observe, like a leaf, flower or rock
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils

Live art instruction will be provided by KIA artist Olivia Mendoza. There also will be a general introduction to the field of ecology, the different areas of study within that field—from the organismal to the global scale—and how some ecologists use nature journaling in their work.

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 remain open to visitors who observe proper safety and distancing guidelines, though buildings—including restrooms—are temporarily closed. Please consider supporting the Sanctuary by becoming a member.