Mixing nature and art, the Wildlands Conservancy is hosting a free program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday that will allow you to hike and sketch the bison at their home in the nature preserve in North Whitehall.
Experts from The Baum School of Art will join the short hike on the preserve's Elk Watching Trail and will help participants sketch the resident bison.
Participants are asked to bring their preferred dry media—pencils, charcoals or pastels (no paint), and a sketchbook or drawing board and paper.
Lehigh County owns the bison at the preserve, but they are cared for by the Lehigh Valley Zoo. In May, the county welcomed the birth of an American bison, the first in almost a decade at the preserve.Gen. Harry Trexler had brought bison to the site a century ago out of concern that the once-prevalent bison were headed for extinction in America because of sport hunting and mass slaughters of bison in the Great Plains.
In his will, Trexler left the herd and the nature preserve to Lehigh County residents.
According to the Wildlands Facebook page, the Bison Sketching program is funded in part by Lehigh County, the Pennsylvania DNCR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and the Envrionmental Stewardship Fund.
For more information and to register, go towww.wildlandspa.org or call 610-965-4397 Ext. 136.