Closer to Nature: Summer Program

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Closer to Nature is a wonderful seasonal opportunity for our Youth here in Somerville to get close and personal with our urban wildlife in both scientific and art-creative ways.

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Closer to Nature is a collaboration between Earthwise Aware and the Center for Arts at the Armory. The program is designed for youth (12+) to explore and enjoy the natural world around the Armory through storytelling, nature & naturalist walks, sketching & journaling, art, and science.

Closer to Nature cultivates a deep understanding that Nature conservation starts right where we live, in our own backyards, city parks, and forests. The program aims at inspiring its participants to become mentors in their communities by taking part in awareness programs and sharing their knowledge with communities, schools, friends and family members.

Date & Time: The nature group will meet every day for a week starting Monday, July 9th until Friday, July 13th (from 9 am to 12:00 pm), to experience our theme-based nature topics.

Class Size: The minimum class size is 3 participants. Quality is important to us, and we limit our classes to 8-12 depending on the audience age group.

Cost: The cost is $30 per class/participant or $150 for the week (5 classes). A sliding scale is available upon request. You can enroll your child through our Eventbrite page, or by check or money order. Please email for more details.

Summer 2018 Themes

Our program and its classes are tuned to the season’s natural events and ecology.

Summer Season Celebration & Nature Awakening
July 9th, 2018

Discuss Nature processes and cycles, focusing on the current season. Discover how the season was celebrated in Human history. Enjoy a set of outdoor knowledge and sensory games to get to know each other while learning about Nature and our immediate environment.

The class includes the making of a decoration inspired by Summer & Nature (using Nature material if possible).

Becoming an iNaturalist » The Magic of Biodiversity
July 10th, 2018

Explore Biodiversity, and then focus on the species who live among us, right here where you live.

Explore Citizen Science and how to contribute to helping scientists all over the world with the recording of our observations. Learn what kind of information to record, and how to submit it using the iNaturalist app & platform.

Nature Journaling » Summer’s Abundance
July 11th, 2018

Learn how to create and illustrate a Naturalist journal for recording our observations.

This includes learning sketching and nature illustration skills.

The World of Birds
July 12th, 2018

What are birds really? Discuss birds classification, behavior, their ecology, and importance. Learn how to sketch and describe birds in a Nature journal (and where to share our observations).

Get outside, and practice how to spot (including how to master binoculars and scope), and how to identify our local birds by sound, shape, flight, behavior and more…

Embrace your Tree Community
July 13th, 2018

Learn about forest & tree communities (their behavior, their interaction with one another). Investigate their ecological role and importance to us.

Explore the trees in our immediate environment. Getting out in nearby parks, discuss, sketch and describe the trees that we see, without forgetting to observe and record the species that depend on them.

✍ If you are interested in the program, please email Peter at for details
Peter Jacobson | Education Programs Team

The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
☏ 617-718-2191