Immersive Teacher Training Workshop


Date(s) - 10/28 - 10/30
All Day

Audubon Sanctuary at Pine Island

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This fall, Audubon North Carolina will be opening our gates of the Sanctuary for a special workshop for teachers and informal educators! Once you’ve completed our three-day course on nature drawing and journaling, you’ll walk away with a new portfolio of illustrations representing the environment around you, the skills to document other environments, and the ability to share those skills with your students.

Join artist Kelly Adams for a workshop in nature journaling for educators in the retreat setting of Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary in Corolla, NC. Journaling, observation techniques and drawing exercises will be used to document the sanctuary using handy field study practices.

From our field destinations in the estuarine and barrier island environments we’ll experience diverse plants, animals, and habitat to build our understanding of this unique preserve. The historic Pine Island lodge serves as haven for students to investigate ecological resources to enhance their journals as we discuss our adventures and learn how to share these observation and documentation skills with our own students.

Where: Donal C. O’Brien Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center, 300 Audubon Drive, Corolla, NC

Cost: $255 includes the cost of the program, materials kit and meals.

Materials Kit: includes drawing media, simple blank book or book binding materials, and reading/resource list (Student may choose to bring preferred media and bound journal)

Lodging: $40/night/bed – multi-bed rooms & $60/night/bed for single rooms – first come first serve.


Enjoy the Pine Island Sanctuary and return with renewed knowledge and a sense of wonder that nature can reveal.

Meet your instructor.

Kelly Adams teaches in the Painting and Drawing area at East Carolina University School of Art and Design. Travel and specific aspects of “place” are important to her artworks. Her works are primarily drawings based on environmental themes such as wetland preservation, conservation, and invasive/exotic species intrusion, all conceptualized through the tradition of drawing. Since 2009 Adams has been selected for artists’ residencies in three National Parks within Colorado, Arizona, and Tennessee. Having lived in New Zealand, South Pacific islands, and Europe, she has conducted research, taught, lectured as well as exhibited nationally and internationally.

Bring your sense of adventure explore the Outer Banks as the used to be. Registration is open now.

Contact Director Robert Fearn at or 252-453-0603 for more information.

The Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center at Pine Island is a 2,600-acre sanctuary is located on the northern Outer Banks in Corolla. The complex has been preserved as a research and education facility offering hands-on field research and programming to connect conservation enthusiasts to birds, wildlife and diverse habitats. Click here for more information.