Botany Art

Ages: 8-12

July 8-11, 2019

9 am to 3 pm (Mon-Thur)


In this four-day camp, we will be exploring the connection between plants and art. Using the stunning valley of Trout Lake, WA as the setting for our artistic exploration, we will attune to our senses to engage with the natural rhythms and patterns of the earth. Students will hike through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in search of flora to record in field journals they will make themselves. Students will be joined by botanist, Andrea Ruchty, as they investigate trees, lichen, mosses and more.


Together we will forage for plants to create natural dyes, with artist and teacher Kelsey Lemon.  We will learn to use plant matter in a photographic process to create nature-inspired prints. Students will learn how to use microscopes to see what is usually hidden and explore the interrelationships of the magical plant world. 



Dates: Monday, July 8- 11, 2019

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Ages: 8-12

Activities: print-making, art, hiking, observing plants, field note-taking

Location:Forest Campus, Mt. Adams Institute, Trout Lake, WA

Cost: $300 per student plus fee for optional transportation.

Optional Shuttle: There is optional transportation for students from Hood River, OR and Bingen, WA for an additional fee. The payment for the optional shuttle is $12.50/day or $50/week per student.


Kelsey Lemon

Artist, Designer & Teacher

Kelsey Lemon is an artist, teacher, and designer from Hood River, OR. She teaches high school art at Columbia High School in White Salmon, WA. She is also in her fifth year of teaching grades K-12 through Arts in Education of the Gorge. Kelsey holds a Masters in Teaching Art from Lewis & Clark College and a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from the University of Virginia. She owns and operates a small art and design studio in Hood River called Oak Grove Press. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys camping, swimming, and printmaking. 

Andrea Ruchty

U.S. Forest Service Botanist

Andrea works as a botanist with the U.S Forest Service. She spends her time examining the flora and fauna of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. She shares her wealth of information, love, and excitement for lichen with students and adults alike. Through her career as a botanist, she takes a deeper look at the myriad of micro communities that often go unseen beneath or feet. Andrea lives and works on the edge of the Gifford Pinchot in Trout Lake, Washington.


Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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