The Art and Ecology of the Native Plants at Pine Island

Register for a Weekend Workshop Lead by Local Naturalist Experts
Cattails on the sound shore Photo: Robbie Fearn

The Art and Ecology of the Native Plants at Pine Island

Register for a Weekend Workshop Lead by Local Naturalist Experts

This spring, we’re opening our gates for a special workshop May 5-7. Artists and amateur naturalists are invited to enjoy The Art and Ecology of Native Plants: Drawing Natural Connections to enjoy an immersive experience inside the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary.

The workshop is perfect for artists seeking a retreat to deepen their understanding of native plants and enhance their artistic skills through sketching botanicals and natural landscape design. Naturalists will discover new ways to engage the great outdoors. Attendees will also gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of North Carolina’s coastal native plants.

  • When: Friday – Sunday, May 5-7, 2017
  • Where: Donal C. O’Brien Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center, 300 Audubon Drive, Corolla, NC
  • Cost: $240 + materials and housing fees
  • Click here to register:

Attendees will spend the weekend discovering native plants, heightening powers of observation through field sketching and learning about the critical support these plants provide birds and wildlife. The workshop will be led by local naturalist experts based in the Outer Banks.

Meet Our Instructors:

  • Kitty Dough is an Outer Banks artist and staff illustrator for the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. She earned her certificate in botanical art and illustration from the NC Botanical Gardens and is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Colored Pencil Society of America. Field sketching is an important part of her work and provides the nucleus for many of her paintings. Her work has been exhibited in the Elizabethan Gardens, nature centers and museums across North Carolina.
  • Rhana Paris has spent the better part of 20 years exploring the natural parts of the Outer Banks with children and adults in tow. A naturalist by training, she works to create a public which is educated in native habitats, climate change, and understanding our place in the natural world. She is currently an educator with the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island and has also worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserve.
  • Kathy Mitchell has been an OBX resident for 30+ years. During that time, she has become a passionate advocate for coastal native plants, and continues to grow, design with, and search for them in the wild. She advocates for native plants as Conservation Horticulturist at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and as a project partner with numerous local organizations.

Bring your sense of adventure, and a willingness to get dirty. Click here to register for The Art and Ecology of Native Plants workshop.

Contact Center Director Robert Fearn at 252-453-0603 for more information and questions.

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