arts activated environmental stewardship
DOCUMENT SPRING 2020
OACC’s Document Spring is a program of environmental storytelling that mashes up the arts, citizen science and environmental research. It provides opportunities for students, community members, artists, environmentalists and scientists to come together to celebrate the arrival of spring. Document Spring fosters environmental stewardship through experiential connection: providing guided nature expeditions, classroom and online instruction, exhibitions, orientations, and an annual environmental storytelling and stewardship summit – connecting people and telling the story of change within the Natural World.
Together we make a difference
The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
Document Spring embraces our shared connection with the natural world – the individual journey of the research scientist, citizen scientist, photographer, dancer, poet, journalist, painter, and artist.
Document Spring is guided by a panel of expert phenologists, naturalists, and environmental managers whose skills help participants experience spring’s arrival in selected environments. Educational materials, presentations, and classroom instruction are available.
Compilation and Annual Exhibition
Data and artwork are compiled digitally and archived from year to year with an annual exhibition of the year’s expeditions.
Participants assemble for a brief orientation to the environment from an informed naturalist, receive helpful observation tips, review program expectations and break into smaller groups for a guided nature experience.
Participants reconvene to review and share their observation and experience with each other. Instructions for sharing data and art with the project are made available.
About 2020 Expedition Schedule
Weekday expeditions have been scheduled to provide for student and teacher participation during regular scheduled school days.
Saturday expeditions have been scheduled to provide for opportunities for family and community participation.
All expeditions are open to the public but require advance registration to provide for adequate staffing.
EXPEDITION SCHEDULE | REGISTRATION
The citizen science portion of the program utilizes the iNaturalist app where participants upload observations to its database and the Document Spring 2020 iNaturalist project therein.
The app is free, quite easy to use, fun and helpful in identifying species of plants and animals. Learn more about project protocols, register with iNaturalist and our project, and participate as a citizen-scientist.
iNaturalist ORIENTATION MARCH 19
ATTEND KICK-OFF APRIL 2 ZEITGEIST