This fun outdoor class at Pete’s Pond is for preschoolers and their caregivers to connect with nature and friends, engage in hands-on earth science projects, and create nature-based art. Class begins with songs and parachute time, followed by reading a picture book based on the theme of the day, creating nature-based art, and exploring! Students create a different art project each class using a variety of mediums, including mud painting, leaf mandalas, nature weavings, and more. Students will enjoy connecting to nature in their own community.
Teaching Artist: Meghan Ballard
Meghan Ballard holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University and has done graduate level coursework in Environmental Education. She has more than ten years of experience in environmental education engaging K-12 science classes in stream and wetland restoration projects. She is currently a freelance environmental educator, a Cub Scouts Den Leader, and a branch ambassador for Union County Hike It Baby.
Off-Site: Pete’s Pond, a Blue Mountains Conservancy property, is on Miller Avenue, one mile south of La Grande Middle School. Access the property via the south end of Second Street.
Funded by the Art Center East Youth Scholarship Fund
Be sure to fill out a Youth Release Form & RSVP for ONLY your children below! Please be sure to add each child’s name for each child attending.
If you are 18 and under, and have not already filled out a youth release form, CLICK HERE to fill one out!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out and let us know. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation. Face coverings will be required in accordance with statewide regulations current at the time.