Nevada Stories from the Field

Art Connects Kids with Nature

It’s not always easy to send a take away message home with families, but TNC's "Make your own bird t-shirt " event fits the bill.

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Bird t-shirts Kids make bird t-shirts to connect with nature in Nevada © Len Warren/TNC

There is nothing like producing art that helps kids think about nature. At events in Beatty and Las Vegas, TNC naturalist Len Warren has helped connect kids with nature through a "Make your own bird t-shirt" activity. 

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Connect with Nature Kids in Las Vegas make bird t-shirts © Len Warren/TNC

Len says, "It's not always easy to send a take away message home with families, but this event fits the bill. Kids line up to make a t-shirt. They study birds from books and photographs.

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Choosing birds Families look through bird books and choose their favorite to reproduce as art on a t-shirt © Len Warren/TNC

"They pick out favorites and create their own little work of nature art to take home.

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Bird art It’s not always easy to send a take away message home with families, but TNC's "Make your own bird t-shirt " event fits the bill. © Len Warren/TNC

"They ask lots of bird questions, and their parents ask about who we are and what we do.

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Magic moments Making bird t-shirts is inspiring kids and parents alike. © Len Warren/TNC

"You never know when or how some kid gets a 'magic moment' with nature, but I know I've seen some!"