Tree Cookies: A Nature-Based Art Activity

Tree Cookies: A Nature-Based Art Activity

“Art is an important part of our connection to nature. For more than a hundred years, some of the most acclaimed painters– Marsden Hartley, Frederic Church, John Marin, and many more–came to the Katahdin Region to paint. Before, during, and after colonization, the Wabanaki people, including the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki Nations, inhabited what is now northern New England since time immemorial. Art is still very much a part of their culture and everyday life. Art plays a role in our health, expression, and connection to all living things. It helps us convey our feelings and our place.”

Katahdin Learning Project

Many thanks to Katahdin Elementary School for submitting this activity that was designed and implemented by Katahdin Learning Project at Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters!

During the 2020 Winter Games, Katahdin Learning Project visited Katahdin Elementary School and worked on this activity with each class for an awesome school-wide, nature-based art project!

Lesson Summary

In this activity, students will …

  • Study a tree cookie in order to find information about the tree’s life history. 
  • Choose something they love about winter in Maine and illustrate it on their tree cookie. 

This activity can be modified for all grade levels. 

Making Tree Cookies WinterKids

Find more activities like this for your classroom or family in our WinterKids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning (GOAL) for Pre-K & Elementary!


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