Plein Air Painting

Have you ever wanted to experience nature and get in touch with your artistic side? Join us and artist Rachel Davis from The Purple Palette for plein air painting programs this summer!

The term “plein air” comes from the French phrase en plein air, meaning “in open air.” Immerse yourself in the therapeutic benefits of fresh air and natural beauty of our parks while you create a masterpiece on canvas in the great outdoors!

The Purple Palette will bring all of the necessary art supplies out to McCloud Nature Park and Sodalis Nature Park and provide the guidance you need to paint beautiful landscapes and historic structures. You only need to bring yourself!

Our Park Naturalists will also provide some background and education about what you’re painting while you work, so you’ll take home a unique work of art, fond memories, and a great conversation piece.

All program times are from 10 a.m.-noon.

$30/person per program. All experience levels welcome. Recommended for ages 6+.

Advance registration required. Click on the program date below to register.

2017 Program Schedule

Program Date


Rain Date

May 20 McCloud Nature Park May 27
June 17 McCloud Nature Park June 24
July 15 Sodalis Nature Park July 22
August 19 Sodalis Nature Park August 26