Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Three Ways to Look at a Landscape at Sagehen September 23

Posted on August 26, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Bona Fide Books presents a day dedicated to the environment at Sagehen Creek Field Station with Three Ways to Look at a Landscape, a benefit for youth literacy and leadership program Adventure Risk Challenge. Join a poet, an artist, and a scientist on a ramble through Sagehen; leave inspired to work on your own craft!

You’ll look at the mountain landscape through the lenses of the scientific method and the visual and literary arts and how they are complementary. Using interactive, hands-on, and creative methods, you’ll learn tree, plant, and wildlife identification keys and then translate that knowledge into artistic responses to the land.

Presenters include Janet Smith (poet), Sue Kloss (UC Berkeley–degreed biology instructor), and Michelle Murdock (Quail Lane Press letterpress, artist). The workshop will be held at Sagehen Creek Field Station, just 8 miles north of Truckee and the Sierra’s best-kept secret! A research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Berkeley Natural History Museums, and the U.C. Natural Reserve System, the sprawling camp-like parcel is home to nature trails, a fish observation building, and more than 90 theses and 400 research publications from scientists around the world.

Each of the day’s session begins with an introductory talk, followed by time in the woods and then an exercise or experiential piece to encourage engagement with nature and self. Draw, write, observe, take field notes — learn new ways to look at the landscape and translate it into your work

Cost is $60; sack lunch and snacks provided. Students, please inquire about a special rate. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bona Fide Books: 530-573-1513, Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.


ARC is a UC Berkeley innovative literacy and leadership program for high school youth, linking wilderness to academics, adventure to leadership, environmental science to literacy, and confidence to activism. Our transformative year-round program improves academic skills, exposes youth to a range of natural environments and wilderness experiences, and inspires the confidence they need to envision and accomplish goals, succeed in high school, attend college, and become engaged, empowered citizens. ARC currently offers two programs, serving Northern and Central California, at the Sagehen Creek Field Station in the Tahoe/Truckee area and in Yosemite National Park at the Yosemite Field Station.


Bona Fide Books is a small press on a mountaintop publishing meaningful literature in a variety of formats. We aim to promote bold, unsung writers and connect them with their readers. In an alleged age of declining readership, Bona Fide wants to give everyone a reason to read. Our mission largely rests on the idea of building community and forging connections. In addition to an ether-based community, we also have a bona fide bricks and mortar office, the Center for Wayward Writers in Meyers, just outside of South Lake Tahoe.

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