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Honoring Ash Trees: an all-ages artist and cultural celebration

  • Stoner Woodlot 495 Hanks Hill Rd Greensboro, VT 05841 (map)

About the Event

Join WonderArts VT, Sterling College, the Vermont Land Trust, and the Orleans County Forester to learn about the cultural importance and ecology of ash trees in light of the anticipated impact of EAB. On September 21st, we invite you to this special event dedicated to recognizing, appreciating and documenting ash trees through art, stories, and science.

Be a part of the documentation project by painting, drawing or photographing ash trees, learn more about the EAB and methods for minimizing their damage, hear local artists and community members share the cultural history of the ash and see the myriad crafts utilizing this amazing tree. Kids can complete a scavenger hunt and collect stamps for their Ash Passport. Other activities include a community picnic, guided ecology walks, EAB management discussion, ash crafts samples and demos by local artists, a plein air drawing workshop with Susan Sawyer, and an all-day invitation to artists of all abilities to come and paint, draw and photograph the ash trees and surrounding landscape.


12:30 - 2:30 Community picnic foods available (free, please RSVP to attend)

12:45 - 12:55 Welcome from collaborators! Statement from John Hunt read

1:00 - 1:45 Guided Ecology Walk with Allaire

2:00 - 4:00 Botanical Illustration Class with Susan Sawyer (free, pre-registration required)

3:00 - 3:45 Guided Ecology Walk with Jared


  • Ash Documentation Project → Painting, drawing and photography of Ash trees for personal enjoyment and (optional) future inclusion in an exhibition and online catalogue. Please BYO- materials or borrow some from the Kids’ Station.

  • Kids’ Station → Complete an Ashport Activity Booklet and Scavenger Hunt! Art materials available for all participants to use for creative expression and to make rubbings of ash bark

  • Ash Craft Station → See an array of ash crafts (complete and in progress), talk to local basket makers, and learn how to delaminate an ash log

  • Vermont Land Trust Table → Pick up resources, and learn more about the VLT and the Emerald Ash Borer

  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Information Table → Learn more about EAB, see the actual bug and gather information on how you can help slow the spread of this insect.

Why Ash Trees?

Ash trees grace forests and wetlands throughout Vermont. Because of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that kills ash trees, the future of white ash, green ash, and black ash (also called brown ash) is uncertain. Now is the time to soak in the beauty of ash trees everywhere, and document them in their prime for future generations. Learn more about the EAB in VT.

Documentation Project

We invite artists of all ability to come and document these ash trees and mature ash forests through any media available to preserve imagery of these species for future generations. These images (created with any media you choose) will be showcased on the VLT and WonderArts websites, and the artworks themselves will be exhibited at Sterling College this fall (optional, and open to all artists). We are currently seeking other venues in Vermont willing to exhibit these works.

If you would like to participate:

1. Please RSVP via this link via the link below and indicate that you will be participating in this project.

2. Come to the Honoring Ash event on Saturday, September 21st at the Stoner Family Woodlot (495 Hanks Hill Rd, Greensboro) and bring your creative media of choice. Artists participating in the documentation project can come as early as 10:00 on September 21st.

3. Complete your artwork(s)

4. Bring your ready to hang artwork(s) to Sterling College on October 24 or 25