In a field experience follow-up to his talk at the Natural History Institute, Ken Gorczyca and NHI Program Director Jessie Rack will lead a small group in an exploration of the natural world at Thumb Butte Recreation Area.
This session will include a brief discussion on the ecology of the local area and a short hike to explore the vistas, trees and rocks. Participants will be offered a guided mediation and encouraged to create a painting, drawing, photograph, or poem that mirrors their impressions of the land.
These creations will be shared and made into a group film answering the question: What can Thumb Butte, or Gaia, teach us humans today?
Bring a lunch; art supplies, writing materials, and/or a camera, as desired; something to sit on; and a drum or rattle if you have one.
$40. Limit 12 participants.
Ken Gorczyca, DVM, is a nature-based artist, veterinarian and social activist currently sharing his time between the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, San Francisco, and the desert. His grandfather recognized his talent and introduced him to painting at age seven. Ken studied meteorology and veterinary medicine at the University of California at Davis. He has also studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, the City College of San Francisco at Fort Mason and the U.C. Berkeley Visual Arts Program.
Dr. Jessie Rack is an ecologist, naturalist, and environmental educator passionate about communicating how the world works. Jessie has a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and diverse experiences in both formal and informal education. She is the Program Director at the Natural History Institute.