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Orientation for Volunteers: March 11, 12, or 13!

Art & Science in One, Remote (ASR), is the all-virtual program that CSV and teachers have developed to provide an outdoor learning opportunity to fourth- and fifth-graders, whether attending remotely or in person, during spring of 2021. The revised program complies with all pandemic public health measures. Our 2021 mentorship format includes videoconferences with students, assignments for both volunteers and students to draw and document outdoor observations, and share this work with each other. One-to-one mentoring remains a cornerstone of the program. Read below for a description of how Art & Science in One, which launched in 2013, operates under normal circumstances.

Art & Science in One (AS1) is Cambridge School Volunteers’ outdoor STEAM program for students in Cambridge public elementary schools. CSV trains mentors in techniques of nature journaling with children. Our staff then matches each mentor individually to one student. Mentors volunteer for two hours per session in a structured, supervised program, accompanied by CSV staff, the trainer, and the classroom teacher. Together, the mentor and student develop and extend their observation skills, make discoveries in and about the habitat at a significant open space in Cambridge, practice drawing and recording information, and learn about nature journaling from a science illustrator.

Level: Grades 4 and 5

Drawing Instructor: Erica Beade

CSV Program Coordinator: Julie Croston

Resource List:

Places to Draw and Write about Nature in Cambridge 

Comprehensive List of Open Space in Cambridge, including Parks

Cambridge Map

Cambridge Street Trees Map

  Nature/Art Hot Spots 

Art & Science in One Volunteer Deb Lee’s Blog Post on Bronze Insects and Plants in Cambridge

Public Art Tours to take in Cambridge: Nature 

Books and Videos

For Grownups:

A Brief Framework for Nature Journaling (Video), by Cambridge School Volunteers

Introduction to Nature Journaling (Video), by Cambridge School Volunteers

Nature Journaling at Fresh Pond: Interview with AS1 Volunteer Alexis Rizzuto (Video), by Cambridge School Volunteers

Interview with Art & Science in One Drawing Instructor Erica Beade, Part 1

Keeping a Nature Journal, by Clare Walker Leslie

The Nature Connection, by Clare Walker Leslie

How to Teach Nature Journaling by John Muir Laws


For Kids:

Make Your Own Nature Journal (Video) with Outdoor Afro

How to Make Your Own Nature Journal (Video), by Cambridge School Volunteers

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture: Simple Instructions for Nature Journaling (PDF)

The Curious Nature Book, by Clare Walker Leslie

The Nature Connection, by Clare Walker Leslie