Create Art


The wilderness offers a vibrant platform for children to unleash their creativity and express themselves through a variety of artistic mediums inspired by the great outdoors. Here’s what makes our art program a truly transformative experience at Nature Rangers:

  1. Nature as Muse: In our program, nature isn’t just a backdrop – it’s the ultimate muse. From the intricate patterns of tree bark to the vibrant hues of wildflowers, every aspect of the natural world serves as inspiration for our young artists. Through guided observation and exploration, children learn to see the beauty in their surroundings and translate it into their artwork, creating pieces that are as unique and diverse as the ecosystems they inhabit.
  2. Multi-Medium Exploration: Creating art at Nature Rangers encourages children to experiment with a wide range of artistic mediums, from traditional drawing and painting to more unconventional forms like nature printing and found object sculpture. Whether they’re sketching landscapes, creating collages from natural materials, or experimenting with watercolors made from plant pigments, every session offers a new opportunity for discovery and self-expression.
  3. Hands-On Learning: Art is much more than just making pretty pictures – it’s a hands-on learning experience that fosters creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. In our program, children learn by doing as they manipulate materials, experiment with techniques, and explore different artistic styles and processes. With guidance from experienced facilitators, they develop confidence in their abilities and a deeper appreciation for the creative process.
  4. Environmental Awareness: Through art, children gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the natural world. From painting landscapes, to sculpting animals or creating nature journals from scratch, every project reinforces the importance of environmental stewardship and conservation. By fostering a sense of connection and responsibility to the earth, we empower young artists to become advocates for the planet and agents of positive change in their communities.
  5. Celebrating Creativity: We celebrate creativity in all its forms! Children are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, experiment with new ideas, and express themselves authentically through their artwork. Whether they’re creating masterpieces to hang on the wall or ephemeral installations to share with the world, every piece is a reflection of their unique perspective and inner beauty.

Join us in the wilderness to see how nature sparks your own creativity and delight!

Tracy is the Founder and CEO of Nature Rangers Wilderness Programs. She is a certified Forest School Teacher, nature enthusiast, homeschool mom, public speaker, and a board-certified holistic nutritionist. She holds certifications in Emotional Development, Elementary Montessori, Wilderness First Aid, Leadership and has a Master's Degree from UC Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

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