Purgatoire River Art Program


The Purgatoire River Art Program focuses on engaging youth and ‘youth-of-all-ages’ in learning about the ecology and history of our watershed through art.

This is a brand new program and we are just getting started!

Our upcoming 2021 programming includes:

  • Youth Outdoor Education Series: Dragonflies & Damselflies: Want to learn about all of those cool dragonflies and damselflies that hang out around the watershed? For this event we’ll dive into the exciting world of these beautiful and charismatic creatures at a local wetland. We’ll learn all about their ecology, why they are important to river and wetland ecosystems and our human communities, and how to tell the difference between dragonflies and damselflies and common species of each in our watershed. Each attendee will receive a Dragonflies & Damselflies Identification Book, and we’ll practice identifying the creatures we see. Then we’ll let our imagination run wild and conduct an art project led by our local art studio Tabula Rasa, further translating and exploring what we’ve learned through a simple print-making project! Plus free pizza lunch! No experience necessary! This is a special youth education event, so space is limited. Please contact us directly for more information.
  • All Ages – Experiencing the River & Its Seasons through the Eye of a Camera: How does the river change in different seasons? What is new and what stays the same? Ice, snow, falling leaves, new buds, changing wildlife…the river is a living being that doesn’t always share its secrets unless you are paying attention. Join us in 2021 for a summer session, fall session, and winter session; followed by a spring 2022 session. No experience necessary – just bring any kind of camera (from a cell phone camera to a high-tech camera) and dress appropriately! Watch our Upcoming Events & Skills Training page or contact us directly for more information.

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