Nature Notes:  Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Michelle Fox



I believe that each and every day is a rare and beautiful gift. I have such gratitude for each day that I’m alive to experience all that is offered. I’m grateful for the glint of sunlight on river and for the river’s ever-present rushing song; for the squawk and holler of Steller’s jay and the long, lilting melody of Pacific wren, and the wind in the trees; for the magnificent golden colors of Fall and the swirling, twirling leaves finding their way to Earth; for the joy of children, their rain boots in mud puddles and their determination to save the trees by pulling ivy, their silliness, curiosity, and unguarded approach to each moment. For friendship and love, for touch and taste and sight and sound and smell. For all these gifts I am most grateful.

I am grateful for the solid beauty of the trees, whether Douglas fir or western hemlock or the graceful western red cedar. I can’t imagine a world without these friends. And even though we’re in the middle of Fall, my mind finds itself with the Spring wildflowers. I delight so in their ephemeral beauty, the trillium, white fawn lily and bleeding heart, foxglove and delphinium, foam flower, inside-out flower and shooting star, the blossoms on the redwood sorrel, and those first flowers that come out when it’s still Winter, snow queen and spring beauty.  How exciting it is to see their tiny purple faces in February letting us know that Spring really will arrive. They’re always such a hopeful sight. Now in the heart of Autumn, I revel in the brilliant colors the vine maple and big leaf maple offer up, accompanied by many of their equally splendid deciduous forest companions.

Michelle’s Nature Notes continue here.

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Make sure and reserve your spot!


TreeSong’s Music Amongst the Trees Annual Celtinalia concert!


Carl & Jennifer Framed

Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

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October’s Newsletter

bee border“Bee” sure and check out this month’s honey of a newsletter!

Poems, beautiful photos, a thought-provoking article and a lineup of truly fantastic classes and events.

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Nature Notes:

Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Anna Wiancko-Chasman





Fall is in the air, cooler, shorter days, foraging animals and birds, and much needed rain.

For many of us, this summer has been a mixed bag.  Speaking for myself, it has been a challenge to stay positive under the heavy weight of worry, confusion, loss, and feelings of helplessness.  For months now, smoke has been very real, but it is also a metaphor for the threats to our beloved planet.  Smoke represents the haze of destructive self-serving politicians aligned with giant corporations, their own egos and need for power.  It can blind us to the truth, as can the hurricanes of greed and destruction.

For the purpose of this essay, I will speak only for the concern for the natural world, with full realization that also under threat is our capacity for unconditional kindness, tolerance and acceptance of our fellow human beings.

Our country and our world are falling ill to climate change. The American Medical Association reports that our response to global warming is “eco anxiety” that can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which if prolonged, can affect digestion, lead to memory loss and suppress the immune system. “ Many people understandably feel that reading or watching the news can be unhealthy. But burying our heads in the sand is not the answer; denial and silence can be dangerous to all that we hold dear.

So what are we supposed to do? We are baffled by this question! I believe in BALANCE. Each of us must monitor our own emotional responses, finding our own balance between being fully informed, and awareness of when we’re stretching our emotional limits .

Anna’s Nature Notes continue here.

Anna Wiancko-Chasman frequently works in clay,  mixed media, and found objects to create unusual and expressive sculptures and assemblages. She draws most of her inspiration from a deep and lifelong love of nature and animals. Anna teaches classes in clay and mixed media to adults and children. She is also an art therapist and dedicated member of the TreeSong community.

Anna is offering her popular “Magic of Masks Two-day Mask-Making Workshop” Sunday, October 29 and Sunday November 5.  Click here for details and to register.

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September’s newsletter is available.

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August’s Newsletter

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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

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!

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 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

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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

~ 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…

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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:

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:

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