Wild at Art!
Nature and Art Adventures Day Camp

for 6 to 10 year olds



July 31st ~ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Artist and professional photographer Marlene Cowan, will support children in slowing down and seeing the world with fresh eyes. In this fun one-day art camp, children 6 to 10 years old will explore drawing and other craft activities in a joyful, uplifting atmosphere, surrounded by the beauty of forest and river. Marlene will help children experience a sense of delight and gain confidence in their artistic abilities.  The day will include:

  • Relaxation exercises and drawing warm-ups
  • Guided nature drawing
  • Nature Mandala Suncatcher
  • Pinecone Mouse Craft
  • Songs, games and stories
  • Nature walk

Tuition:  $45 plus $10 materials fee

Maximum class size is 8.

  • Drawing materials will be provided.
  • Do pack your child a sack lunch and water bottle to bring.
  • Please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

To Register:  Call Michelle at 360-837-8733, or
email us at treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

DSC_0010-Edit-2Artist Marlene Cowan has been a professional photographer for 27 years. She is passionate about instilling a love of art and a positive self-image in children of all ages. She enjoys drawing and other creative pursuits. Marlene is the mother of two adult children and a grandmother of the cutest baby in the whole world!
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Tiny Home, Huge Opportunity – Help TreeSong Help the Planet!

tiny home
 A TINY HOME THAT COULD MAKE A GIANT DIFFERENCE!: TreeSong is a small non-profit in Washougal, Washington, whose mission is to foster stewardship of, and connection to, nature, community and self through programs for adults, children and families. In the four years since it started, TreeSong has served 1,575 children and adults. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen that could help TreeSong expand its programming and philanthropic outreach to underserved populations. The HGTV show “Tiny Luxury” has offered to feature TreeSong on one of its episodes, in which Portland-based builder Tiny Heirloom builds a tiny home that will become part of the center’s grounds! Not only will this added facility allow us to expand our program offerings, but the exposure we receive from being on the show will help us raise awareness about our organization and take TreeSong’s important work to the next level. Plus, with its small, environmentally friendly footprint and use of green materials and technology, a tiny home is a perfect fit for TreeSong. Best of all, Tiny Heirloom has reduced the price of the tiny home by more than half, from $89,000 to $41,000. We have already raised $32,000 through donations and loans from private parties and now we’re asking for your help to raise the rest!

Click here to see our CrowdRise page and to donate.

Thank you in advance for any help you may offer, whether it be through a donation or by sharing our campaign with others!  The link to share is:

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July’s Newsletter


Summer upriver

Click here to enjoy this month’s scrumptious newsletter.

Summer Solstice and TreeSong’s Fourth Birthday Celebration!

Featuring the beautiful harp and hammered dulcimer music of Celtinalia!


Saturday, June 24th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Join us as we celebrate the changing of the season and TreeSong’s 4th birthday with music, ceremony, community connection and art!

Celtinalia will kickoff the festivities with an outdoor concert at 1:00 pm and off we go with a shimmering lineup of activities and experiences. What a splendid afternoon it will be!

Please bring a potluck dish to share as well as a song, a poem or some other gift to share.

Hope you can join us!


Please RSVP, 360.837.8733, or
Email  treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

~ Suggested donation for Celtinalia concert – $10/adult (100% goes to the musicians) in addition to a
~ Suggested donation of $5 ($15 for families of 3 or more) to go to TreeSong to help support wonderful community events/programs such as this.

Meet Celtinalia…

Square harp publicity pic

Jennifer has been playing the Celtic harp since 1984, though the magical call of the harp had been beckoning her since first grade, when she heard it on a TV show. She also coaxes music out of woodwinds, lap dulcimer and hand percussion.  Jennifer performs with Valerie Blessley in the duo Celtic Muse, and they have played in many NW venues. Jennifer has three solo recordings, and three more with Valerie.  Jennifer teaches the harp, so if you have been drawn to the sound, she can get you started!  Jennifer also plays therapeutic harp music at the bedside of the elderly and the dying, and is available to play for your special occasion. For more about Jennifer, visit:  http://home.comcast.net/~lyrica/

Adept with hammered dulcimer, piano, and vocals, Carl Thor plays with contra dance bands Cascade Crossing, Hands4, Orcas Ruckus and the Portland Megaband, Celtic and folk group Talisman, other groupings for folk dancing, and as a soloist. His compositions span a wide range of styles and traditions, from ragtime to techno, and from Scandinavia to the West Coast. Carl’s music is included on recent compilation CDs from Artichoke Music and the Portland Folk Music Society, and published in The Portland Collection books as well as his own dance music tune book. He is an organizer for the “Contra in the Couve!” dance series in Vancouver, and has been teaching music for two decades. Find out more at:  http://www.talismanmusic.com

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June’s Newsletter

light trees newsletter FBBe sure and take some time with this month’s newsletter. It is full of good stuff – poems, lovely photos, wise words and an awesome lineup of classes and events.
Click here to check it out.

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May’s Newsletter

sorrelSoulful poetry, luminous photos, and a shimmering lineup of classes and events are just a click away!  This month’s beautiful newsletter is ready for you to enjoy.

Happy May!

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April’s Newsletter

trillium newsletter.jpgYou are invited to sit back, relax and partake of this month’s newsletter, lovingly created for you by Michelle Fox, TreeSong’s Founder/Director and Adrian Farnsworth, TreeSong’s Secretary extraordinaire.  Beautiful photos, an interesting article from the TreeSong community, an incredible lineup of classes, and inspiring poetry are just a click away!

Click here to begin.

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Annie McHale

     It’s that time of year: Spring o’clock. When seed meets soil and Intention is put to task. Nature doesn’t make bad food. It’s impossible. Every single seed, every tiny, unpretentious seed has in its DNA one goal: to become a zucchini, a pumpkin, a rosemary bush. It just knows what to do, when, and how. And when it becomes whatever it is meant to become, it presents its beautiful, colorful, flavorful, nutritious self as a gift.

     It is for this reason that I honor food. Real food. The way it is intended, which is to say, organic or otherwise natural. My husband Curt and I were recently blessed with an opportunity to co-manage a 60-acre organic farm near the Oregon coast for several years. During that ridiculously difficult and completely blissful period, few people turned down our dinner invitations, knowing to do so meant missing out on perhaps the freshest meal they’d ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Our table was an organic feast. Every. Single. Day.

     Hours-new duck eggs with their bright orange yolks, dutch-oven-baked artisan bread finished with smoked salt, plump raspberries bursting with sweetness from the afternoon sun’s kiss, fresh hand-pressed ricotta, bright and tender asparagus just snipped from the soil, tulsi basil bearing an aromatic hint of licorice, wild salmonberry gastrique slowly drizzled over line-caught Pacific salmon, fire-roasted over coals on hand-hewn cedar planks, raw milk whipped into heavenly cream, and garlic greens. Ohhhh-the-mildly-sweet-garlic-greens!!

Annie’s Nature Notes continue here.


You won’t want to miss Annie and Curt’s ‘Spring Bounty ~ Gorge-style’ Cooking Class on April 29th, and then in July, they’ll be offering a Soul Food Retreat the 14th through the 16th.


Annie McHale and Curt Gray
Founders of ROOTS Farmacy

Several years ago, Annie and Curt traded in their corporate jobs for rural living, committing to living a sustainable, healthy life beginning with the food they eat and share. It is their intention to inspire folks to enter into relationship with their own kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals and connect meaningfully with their loved ones.

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Spring Equinox Celebration!


Sunday, March 19, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Join us as we celebrate the changing of the season  with ceremony, community connection and art!


Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Hope you can join us!

Please RSVP, 360-837-8733, or
Email  treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

Suggested donation:  $5/person, $15/family

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March’s Newsletter

cabinlight snowMarch newsletterCheck out this month’s newsletter, full of all sorts of goodness, some of which you can only find by clicking on the following link:  http://eepurl.com/cA_E_5.

Enjoy!  🙂

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Jesse Brownlee


The sun is starting to tint the sky pink. It was just warm enough last night that there wasn’t a frost this morning, although the day is dawning cool, fresh and clear. The pack on my back is almost empty, holding nothing but water and several empty grocery bags, Ziploc bags, and empty Tupperware containers. What a day to go grocery shopping! I close the door behind me and head off down the road at a brisk pace, hoping to warm up before I reach the cover of the forest.

The first rays of sunlight are beginning to stream through the trees, glittering on last night’s spider webs as I slip into the woods. I am headed for a spot I know well, a spot that has been covered in snow and ice since December 9, 2016. This has been the worst winter in my memory, however all that remains of that craziness are small patches of snow interspersed with lots of broken limbs and last year’s limp, soggy blackberry vines.

As I come to the creek I turn and follow it down the hill. Hidden amongst the stones, branches and rubble clogging the water I spy my prey and my excitement surges; I look around and see the trappings of the best grocery store ever – one of the many wild places scattered throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

There is fresh watercress in the clear, cold stream. It will make an amazing breakfast tossed with fried potatoes, onions and bacon. Nettles are just starting to surge towards the sun in the marshy places where the creek overflows its banks, and my mouth is already watering at the thought of fresh nettle soup for lunch, and the delicious omelet for tomorrow morning. Candyflower, Miners Lettuce and chickweed are found peeking out from the rich, moist soil at the base of a rotting tree and will make a perfectly crisp, mild and succulent salad. At the edge of the creek I find several yellow dock plants whose young leaves will be great when stuffed with seasoned meat and rice and baked for dinner. As I head down to the water, I stumble upon a large patch of wild ginger under a huge old cedar. The roots pull easily from the dark earth and will make a wonderful warming, spicy tea to enjoy before bed. The cottonwood branches blown down by the creek are covered with fragrant, resin-filled buds; I happily fill a bag with these and will start this year’s batch of potent salve when I get home.

I realize I can barely fit these buds into my pack. And my stomach is growling, so I turn and head home with my pack and grocery bags overflowing.

As I’m rinsing the dirt from the bounty I just gathered, a feeling of intense satisfaction settles over me. I am proud that I am able to provide so much food and medicine for myself and those I love after just a quick morning stroll through the woods around my house. I am already looking forward to the months ahead- maple blossom fritters, fresh fir tips to make the very best refreshing summer drink, luscious wild berries… the list goes on and on.

Breakfast is ready, and I smile as I tuck into my feast- the foraging season has only just begun.

Join Jesse on March 26th for her Introduction to the Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants of the Pacific NW class.  Click here to learn more and to register.


jesse-headshotJesse Brownlee is the owner of Half Wild, LLC. Born and raised in rural Georgia, she now lives and works in the Columbia Gorge. She is a Ranger, Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness EMT who spends large amounts of time in lush forests of the Gorge hunting for the freshest local delicacies.

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