Creative State

Four full days of nature and art with Saugatuck Center for the Arts at the Outdoor Discovery Center. Spend the mornings digging in deep with the naturalists at the ODC and then finish the day with art-making centered around our Michigan landscape. Tuesday – Friday drop off at the ODC, Tuesday – Thursday pick up at the ODC, Friday pick up at the SCA (bussing included Friday).

July 25 – 28 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


July 25 – 28 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

ODC Tuesday-Friday

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About The Program

Get into a creative state while celebrating our beautiful Michigan at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland! In this very special 4-day program, we partner with the ODC to offer four full days of nature and art. Explore the outdoors and see some native Michigan wildlife up-close with the Naturalists from the Outdoor Discovery Center in the morning from 9:00-12:00, and join the SCA from 12:00 – 4:00 for art-making centered around our Michigan landscape. In the morning, explore nature off trail and up close, or try your hand at frog catching and fishing! The ODC has a variety of Michigan habitats that you will explore and be inspired by, as well as native and captive wildlife to experience hands-on. You will be trekking throughout the preserve, so be sure to wear good walking shoes or sandals, and clothes that can get a little wet or dirty.

The SCA takes on the afternoon with art-making centered around our Michigan landscape. Try your hand at paper-making using recycled papers and plant fibers, create prints inspired by our state’s wildlife with artist Trevor Grabill, and paint the landscape outdoors “en plein air.” You’ll snack on locally grown fruits and veggies and specialty treats throughout the week! A truly collaborative outdoor experience that’s rooted in the amazing natural wonders of our Great Lakes state!

Students must bring a lunch, snack, and a water bottle. A second healthy afternoon snack will be provided by the SCA. Drop-off will be at the ODC at 9:00 am, and pick-up at 4:00 pm. 


Taylor Scamehorn

Taylor Scamehorn (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist in Kalamazoo, MI with a BFA in photography. Her focuses are in drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking and papermaking, and she believes that the pursuit of education across media sets artists’ creative ideas free to be realized in whichever form best communicates them.

Trevor Grabill

Trevor Grabill is a printmaker and teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their work, primarily wood block prints, is inspired by the natural and social landscape of the Great Lakes region. You can find more information and examples of their work at the website below.

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In Partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center is advancing outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan. Their inquiry-based style of programming allows students to learn about and experience nature and culture in a hands-on manner with offerings for all ages and audiences.

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