CHATHAM — Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to be more creative? The Columbia Land Conservancy invites everyone to join February’s Nature Night and tap into your inner artist. Nature Night will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 18 via Zoom and is free for all to attend. You must visit and register for the event to receive login information.

At February’s Nature Night, you’ll learn how to create a Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook. This essential sketchbook helps kids (and kids at heart!) look more closely at nature and capture what they discover with pencil, pen, and paint. The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook inspires exploration, creative expression and observation, with beautiful sketchbook illustrations, ideas and tips, and plenty of space for kids to draw. It’s a perfect tool for homeschooling or to give as a gift to young artists and nature lovers.

“You don’t have to be a professional artist to find meaning in sketching your surroundings,” says Heidi Bock, Conservation Education Manager. “So much of creating a sketchbook is about paying attention and being mindful, and we’re excited to explore that at Nature Night.”

Nature Explorer’s Sketcbhook was written by former New Scotland resident Jean Mackay, who now lives across the Hudson in Schodack Landing. Participants can email for more information.

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