Through March 23rd, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center is featuring, “Birds, Bugs, and Seeds!” for children of all ages.  Birds: Visitors are invited to paint bluebirds to donate to the area’s foster children coalition for a charity auction. Bugs:  Choose from many activities from our Book-of-the-Month, “Drawing Lab,” which encourages you to explore nature outside (and bugs) and then produce art works. Seeds: See our exhibit about traveling seeds, and play our challenging matching game, matching seeds to what they grow! Whatever seed you match correctly, you get to take home!

We have rotating activities that we change monthly and seasonally, as well as hands-on projects that are available on request. We lead hikes and other outdoor activities, and then use art as a way to communicate our adventures and our experience of the environment. Painting, drawing, mapmaking, cartooning, sculpture, carpentry, mask making, and environmental sculpture (made from natural found materials) have been part of our regular activities. The animals encountered by the Lewis & Clark Expedition are a frequent theme, and we have received “Art and Nature” grants to teach children about animals and plants as they enjoy the outdoors.

Our Facebook page, Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, offers posts about ongoing activities and about special events.

We also have kayaking and boat building workshops in the summer, which we also connect with mapmaking and botanical art.

Below are some photos of past projects, including designing kites and painting masks of historical figures.

Keelboat launch

Keelboat launch

Hauling

Hauling

Kite activity

Kite activity

Kite activity

Kite activity

Mask

Mask

Mask

Mask