STE(A)M in the Forest – Project Learning Tree workshop for educators

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STE(A)M = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Art!

If you’re an educator you’ll want to sign up for Focus on STE(A)M in the Forest, a professional development workshop offered October 27-28 at SBG. We’re pleased to partner with nationally recognized Project Learning Tree and local nonprofits Environmental Resource Center, Blaine County 4-H and Sawtooth National Recreation Area to offer this outstanding workshop.  It’s perfect for classroom teachers, non-formal educators, interested parents and other adults who work with children, too!  We’re still fine tuning this workshop so please check back in a week or two for more details about STE(A)M in the Forest.

Date and Time

  • Friday, October 27 – 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 28 – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


  • $40 for workshop; cost for 1 credit CEU varies by granting university


  • Michelle Youngquist/Idaho PLT coordinator and certified assistant

All PLT workshops have great activities that help educators accomplish curricular goals in meaningful ways, and are offered for professional education credit (for recertification).  There is no prerequisite for these workshops, but we highly recommend taking the General PLT workshop early in your PLT “career.” You’ll want to take them all!

Roots to Seeds


During this fun 3-hour workshop, children will explore the plant world from the ground up through stories, games and hands-in-the-dirt activities. Ages 8-10. Materials and snacks provided. Cost: $25; advance registration.

Instructor: SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher

Date: Saturday, September 16

Time9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $25, includes materials and snacks; advance registration required

Holiday Treats for the Birds


Holiday Treats for the Birds

Bring the kids to this family friendly workshop for the birds Saturday, December 17, 10:00-noon. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director and  long time birder, will read a heartwarming story about a family who makes holiday treats for wildlife.  Then parents & kids will create 2 seed and fruit bird feeders to take home.

Cost: $20 for 1 adult and 1 child. Each additional child is $7. No more than 2 children per adult. Space is limited.  Preregistration is required.  Call 726-9358 to register.

The Language of Watercolor with Don Andrews – FULL

Don Andrews Watercolor

We are delighted to host nationally acclaimed watercolorist Don Andrews for a summer workshop at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden July 19-21 (Tuesday-Thursday). The workshop will be held from 10 AM – 3 PM each day.

“Through the language of watercolor, artists explore the world around them in fresh, exciting and personal ways. My landscape workshops are geared to a better understanding of that personal exploration,” Don wrote in an email.

Each day, he will stress a major visual concern; light, color, granulation, organizing nature and utilizing negative space are just a few subjects to be addressed.  Workshops aren’t geared to any specific level of achievement; rather artists at all levels will benefit from a more intimate understanding of the painting possibilities available in the exciting world of landscape painting. This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, personal and group critiques.

Cost: $275

Class Limit: 12 participants – FULL

Instructor: Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and a resident of Fairhope, Alabama.  An active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society, his paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society.

Don has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for over 30 years.

He is the author of the books, “Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor,” “Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor,” and “Rough Sketches, Short Stories of a Traveling Artist,” as well as twelve DVDs on watercolor painting. Don is featured in the Watson Guptill publication “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor” and has had numerous feature articles published in American Artist Watercolor magazine. Learn more about his work at