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Wild Painting

The forest in in bloom, and its time to learn what makes all those amazing colors. Extract pigments from plants and use them to create natural paints.

Activities include:

  • Learning about pigments in plants and animals

  • Using primitive tools to make paint

  • Experimenting with chemistry to make custom colors

  • Free painting time - kids are washable!

  • Field trip only: Hike through the woods to look for pigments in plants


Students will use chemistry and historical practices to create up to 6 different colors of water based paint. We encourage creativity and experimentation while walking students through the steps to create each color.

This program is appropriate for kids Ages 5+. Each ticket purchased is for a program participant. This is not a drop off program. The length is approximately 1.5-2 hours.

To book this program for your group, please email Lizzy at


SC.K.L.14.3 - Observe plants and animals, describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.

SC.3.L.17.1 - Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.

SC.3.L.17.2 - Recognize that plants use energy from the Sun, air, and water to make their own food.

SC.912.L.17.4 - Describe changes in ecosystems resulting from seasonal variations, climate change and succession.

SC.8.P.8.8 - Identify basic examples of and compare and classify the properties of compounds, including acids, bases, and salts.

SC.8.L.18.1 - Describe and investigate the process of photosynthesis, such as the roles of light, carbon dioxide, water and chlorophyll

Student Creations with natural pigments
campers making their own watercolors
natural paintings drying in the sun
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