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Sourland Train Station Series Will Be Back This Fall – With a Twist!

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The Sourland Conservancy will continue to host their annual education series this fall! Previously held at the Hopewell Train Station, this year the Conservancy has decided to take the program on the road, renaming it “Talk of the Sourlands”. Taking the show “on the road” will help broaden their reach beyond Hopewell Borough, and hopefully, come to a town near you! Talks will take place at the Titusville Presbyterian Church and Duke Farms, among other locations throughout the Sourland Region. A hybrid model will also be implemented, allowing participants to join from the comfort of their own homes. There are some exciting speakers lined up, ranging over a number of topics from sketching outdoors, raptor birds, deer management, and more.

Admission to all talks is free, but registration is required. Donations are always greatly appreciated. Membership support and donations provide the resources for the Sourland Conservancy to create educational events like this. Be sure to check out sourland.org/events/to find out more information.

Have you ever wanted to sketch a drawing to capture what you see while on a walk? Join Barbara DiLorenzo on September 14 for a presentation on how to select a subject to draw while out of doors. Her talk “Sketching the Sourlands,” the first in a new season and in a new venue for the Sourland Conservancy education talks, will illustrate the process of bringing friends and family–of all ages– outside to draw and paint our natural spaces.

The first presentation of the Sourland Conservancy series, “Sketching the Sourlands,” will take place on September 14, at 7pm at the Titusville Presbyterian Church.

Come to the talk, in person or online, and bring a pencil and a sketch pad to draw along with Barbara as she describes and shows you how to look at your subject, be it a rock formation, a seed pod, or moss, and select the details to focus on. Barbara will illustrate in real-time by drawing a native plant and explaining how to work from large, general shapes before refining lines and focusing on details. She will show samples of work by her family members (a six-year-old, a 20-year-old art student, her scientist brother, and her chef husband) during a recent visit to the Sourland Conservancy St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. Admissions are free but registration is required. Donations are greatly appreciated! Register here.

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