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Nature at Leighton

Here at Leighton Art Centre, we are the proud stewards of 80 acres of natural foothills grasslands, featuring spectacular Foothills and Rocky Mountain views and supporting numerous local flora and fauna.

The next time you visit, be sure to get outside to take in the spectacular views and enjoy our walking trails, including our 3.5 km Bird Box Art Walk.

In winter, you are very welcome to explore the property on snowshoes (bring your own) during our regular operating hours.

We periodically offer Nature Programs on topics like identifying animal tracks in the snow, birding, and identifying local plants. If we have a nature-oriented program coming up, it’ll be displayed on our Workshops page and at the bottom of this page. 

Please note: you may find fewer programs during the winter months.

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If you’re interested in birds, you’re going to love this ↓ video!


Nature Workshops


Family Art and Nature Series: As Snug as a Bug!

August 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore, Appreciate and Create at the Leighton Art Centre!

Meet the Foothills: Birding at the Leighton Art Centre

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
With Jim Critchley

Join our resident naturalist Jim Critchley on a guided nestbox tour of the Leighton Art Centre’s Bluebird Trail!

Discover the Night Sky

August 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With Jim Critchley

Join us for an evening of watching the satellites, stars and constellations at the Leighton Art Centre!

Family Art and Nature Series: We’re Nuts for You!

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore, Appreciate and Create at the Leighton Art Centre!

Youth Earth Art Series: Jewelry Making

August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
With Andrea Merredew

Use natural materials to craft your own wearable art in the third installment of our Earth Art Series!

Plein Air Painting Practice

August 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
With Alice Helwig

Learn to paint outdoors like A. C. Leighton!

Adult Earth Art Series: Jewelry Making

August 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
With Andrea Merredew

Use natural materials to craft your own wearable art in the third installment of our Earth Art Series!

Family Art and Nature Series: Woodland Creatures!

September 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore, Appreciate and Create at the Leighton Art Centre!

Family Art and Nature Series: Trees! Look up…way up!

September 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore, Appreciate and Create at the Leighton Art Centre!

Recent Nature Workshops


 

Youth Earth Art Series: Basic Knife Skills

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With Andrea Merredew
 

Sold Out! Youth Earth Art Series: Basic Knife Skills

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With Andrea Merredew
 

Sold Out! Meet the Foothills: Birding at the Leighton Art Centre

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

With Jim Critchley
 

Sold Out! Earth Art Series: Wildcrafted Paint, Ink & Tools

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

with Andrea Merredew
 

Sold Out! Discover the Night Sky

June 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

With Jim Critchley
 

Youth Earth Art Series: Wildcrafted Paint, Ink & Tools

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

with Andrea Merredew
 

Sold Out! Build a Birdhouse

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

with Jim Critchley