Closer to Nature

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We just launched our new eco-literacy program: Closer to Nature! This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth here in Somerville, Massachusetts, to get close and personal with our urban wildlife. It is a limited size class » Sign up for it now! ✍️

Closer to Nature is a collaboration between the Center for Arts at the Armory and Earthwise Aware. The program is designed to encourage youth ages 11 to 16 to explore the natural world around them through artistic creativity using natural and found objects, nature & naturalist walks, journaling, and app usage among other activities. The youth will eventually become mentors in their communities by taking part in awareness programs and sharing their knowledge with their schools, friends, younger and older family members.

Date & Time: The nature group will meet every other week on Saturday mornings, starting January 6th, 2018 through March 31st, 2018 from 10 am to 12:30 pm to learn about theme-based nature topics through storytelling, walks, natural object collection, and creation. We will offer this program per season, following the school seasonal structure having a Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall session.

Cost: The cost of the program is $150 for the whole season (sliding scale available upon request).

Season Themes

Note that class topics might be shuffled around depending on weather conditions…
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Welcome & Winter Season Celebration
 Jan 6th, 2018

Discuss Nature processes and cycles, focusing on the Winter season. Discover how the season was celebrated in Human history. The session includes the making of a decoration inspired by Winter & Nature (using Nature material if possible).


Nature Awakening
Jan 20th, 2018

A set of outdoor knowledge and sensory games to get to know each other while learning about Nature and our immediate environment.


Becoming an iNaturalist » The Magic of Biodiversity
Feb 3rd, 2018

Explore Biodiversity, and then focus on the species who live among us, right here around the Armory. 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 » Why, How to…
Feb 17 th, 2018

Learn how to create and illustrate a Naturalist journal for recording our observations. This includes learning sketching and illustration skills.


Embrace your Tree Community
Mar 3rd, 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 closeby parks, discuss, sketch and describe the trees that we see, without forgetting to observe and record the species that depend on them.


The World of Birds
March 17th, 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 out, and learn how to spot (including how to use binoculars and scope), and practice identifying our local birds by sound, shape, flight, behavior and more…


The Life of a Plastic Bottle
March 31st, 2018

The focus here is on one of our human environmental impacts: our plastic usage. Explore the different forms of plastic that we use on a daily basis without us noticing. Understand the ramifications of the impact on wildlife and our health. Find out what to do to curb, even eliminate many usages of plastic. This session includes a recycled art activity, art that can become a means to raise awareness around you…

Click here to register for the program.


Please email Joy at  if you have any questions about the program.

Joy Geha | Education Programs Team

The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143