Special Programs


The class will consist of wild plant identification walks through the natural habitats of the nature center. Emphasis will be placed on physical plant characteristics, edible plant parts, proper plant preparation, and available season of harvest. Some poisonous wild plants will also be covered, since these often grow right with the edible ones. Come join us as we explore the world of edible wild plants and expand your diet to include these nutritious wild resources! 

Instructor: Mark Suter, marksuter@primitivetexas.com
Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Ages: 18 and older
Class Size: Min 5
Cost: $50.00
Date: March 22, 2014

Eventbrite - Mark Suter Class


NATURE: ESSENCE & ABSTRACTION- an art workshop  sarah greenman

In this lively, fun and informative class, artist and writer Sarah Greenman will be your guide as you explore your natural surroundings using short writing exercises, sketches and acrylic paint. Sarah will share with you her process of distilling natural objects into abstract art. As William Wordsworth once wrote, "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher."

You'll spend the first portion of the class on a guided walking tour of the grounds seeking inspiration in natural objects and landscapes. On your walk you'll find something you wish to paint. Sarah will share glimpses into her creative process and offer a variety of creative writing and sketching prompts aimed at understanding the object or landscape you've chosen.

In the second portion of the class you'll start painting with a playful exercise which will help you become comfortable with the materials and methods and get over the fear of the “scary” blank canvas. You will then have plenty of time to focus, paint, and create your abstract piece. Throughout the afternoon, Sarah will make one-on-one time to discuss your work and process. At the end of class, you will walk away with new tools to access your inner creativity and a small abstract painting of your own creation!

Artist quality paper, acrylic paints, and brushes will be supplied, however you may also bring a canvas if you prefer to start a more substantial project.  If you keep a journal and would prefer to write observations there, don't forget to bring it along!

Please bring a refillable water bottle and snack and remember...we are a nature center, socks and lace up shoes are imperative for keeping you comfortable and safe on the trails.


ABOUT SARAH GREENMAN: Sarah Greenman is an artist, writer, actor, blogger and mother. Originally from California, she lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two young sons. She trained at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts as an actor and also received her bachelor of arts from Mills College with an emphasis in creative writing. She works as a freelance contributor for Houzz.com but can always be found in her home art studio creating works of art. For more information about Sarah and her work, please visit www.sarahgreenman.com.

Instructor: Sarah Greenman
Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Ages: 18 and older
Class Size: Min 6, Max 14
Cost: $60.00
Date: April 12, 2014, 1-4:30pm