WAND ART & Education
The Wand Art program is a creative reuse of surplus wands. Wand Art inspires youth and adults to create special pieces that serve as a message about humans’ impact on the environment.
Art can produce emotions and inspire new ways of seeing the world. Many artists use recycled materials, found objects, and other “trash” to raise awareness about how humans impact the world around them.
Art projects can do more than educate and inspire - they can also provide food, water and shelter for wildlife! Decorating a bird bath, toad abode, or planter is a great way to inspire others while providing valuable habitat to wild animals.
Youth groups at schools and summer camps are provided with a multitude of different types, colors, shapes of wands. There is no template for these projects - it is an opportunity to use their imagination to repurpose waste into a creative work of art. Contact us for more information.
Examples included ‘Pugsley’s Rainbow’ made at an Artist Adventure Camp at the North Carolina Arboretum. After seeing the 'Wanderful to Fly' piece pictured above, the campers were inspired to create this piece named after the classroom turtle 'Pugsley'.
In 2022, the North Carolina Arboretum’s Outdoor Artists Camp created artwork based on promoting the plight of the monarch butterfly, which was added to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as an endangered species. Check out the time lapse video to see how they did it.
The Wands for Wildlife Wild Care Program, created to introduce the concept of wildlife rehabilitation; provide an opportunity for hands-on exploration of tools and techniques; and develop empathy for wildlife through imaginative play.
The free Wildlife Activities Booklet was created by our founding partner, Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.