The Value of Connecting to Nature through Art

Nature in the Arts celebrated its third year with events at Meadowbrook, St. Francis, Ivanhoe South, and Lydick Bog Nature Preserves. Each event offered family-friendly activities and hiking opportunities that focused on the unique features of each site.

Nature in the Arts at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve was a highlight this year, continuing our partnerships with South Bend Museum of Art and the Northern Indiana Pastel Society. South Bend Museum of Art provided materials for the community to paint the bog’s carnivorous plants on a paper mural. Shirley Heinze Land Trust volunteers took visitors on guided hikes, led a “make-your-own” pom-pom sundew garden in a tin, and provided instruction on botanical illustrations using live plants.

SHLT featured the art of plein air through another year of inviting artists from the Northern Indiana Pastel Society to capture the late-summer scenery of Lydick Bog. We are grateful for each artist and the time and care they put into each work of art.


Activities are made possible in part by South Shore Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.