NewsArts & Culture / October 13, 2017

Artists, Scientists Say Beauty Of Nature On Display In Parts Of Downtown

Indianapolis artists and scientists are encouraging people to learn more about the beauty and importance of the city’s waterways and landscapes through a series of events.

The daVinci Pursuit and Reconnecting To Our Waterways will host Art and Science Adventures: Fall Colors on Saturday at Nowland Oak Park, 2319 Nowland Ave. Participants will be able to explore the trees and changing leaves along Pogue's Run during an educational science walk and guided art lesson. 

Mark Kesling, who leads the art and science nonprofit daVinci Pursuit, says exploring the outdoors is a great way to rekindle the spirit of our youth.

“Science is all about being curious about the world," Kesling says. "Children under 5 if you ask them, they would just draw, they would just paint, they would just go on a walk.”

Kesling says urban pocket parks like Nowland Oak Park and Shades Park on the near east side make great places to explore.

Kelly Brown, with Reconnecting to our Waterways, says learning more about the urban landscape encourages changes that can benefit the environment.

“Choosing not to fertilize your lawn, or maybe not washing your car right by a storm drain. Do it in your yard because all of that water is just going down into the ground and recharging that ground water,” she says.

Saturday's event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is free and open to all ages. 

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