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Create nature-inspired art at new Earth EnVi event on April 20
POSTED: 03/27/2013
All would-be artists are invited to take part in a new environmental outdoor art project being offered in late April at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center.

The program is called the Earth Envi Art, which is for all ages. With the guidance of award-winning Senior Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait, participants will use found natural objects to create temporary works of art in the park.

"The name EnVi is short for the environment, and the idea is that the Earth supplies the materials to make an ephemeral (existing briefly) creation," Postlewait said. "Families and individuals are invited to take a different look at nature by making an ecofriendly temporary art project with leaves, sticks, and rocks. Take a picture of your creation and then leave the art to surprise the next park guest or nature lover."

Providing an opportunity for families to spend time together is another goal of the program.

"These are really simple things that cost very little but will make a lifetime of memories," Postlewait said. "People marvel at things like leaves falling. My own experiences as an outdoor educator have reaffirmed that nature is a catalyst for using our imagination."

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “nature and outdoors.”

The program will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. The cost for this two-hour session is $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required.

The JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, call Park Naturalist Andrea Johnson at (913) 826-2806. To register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the district's website at

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