The Art of Nearly Wild Exploration: a fun, interactive workshop using art (but not as many of us know it!) as a way of observing. It will be outdoor and very ‘real’. This is based on Steve and Irene’s own experiences of engaging many people in understanding the natural world in a different way, some with challenging behaviour, others with no artistic interest and many others. In fact some of the most challenging have got the most from it as it provides a different way of working but still being out doing real, practical stuff. We will be exploring how visual and other approaches which create something can be used to encourage observation and a stronger, deeper exploration of the natural world, even with those who feel they have no artistic ability. This is aimed at anyone, and preferably not just artistic people.

Both Steve and Irene have many years of experience consulting on and advising projects and activities around the world on engagement methods for environmental interventions.