On Going Events

Veterans’ Mural Project at Lovell FHCC

Brushwood Center is partnering with Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and two incredible Lake County artists, David Motley and Everett Reynolds, to transform a stretch of tramway in the hospital into a stunning mural.

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Nature Platoon: Outdoor Observation and Photography for Veterans

May 13th, 20th, 27th
This is a three-part virtual program built for veterans to utilize their military skills to deepen their connection to nature.

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Mindfulness Prompts

If you are taking a responsibly social-distanced walk in Ryerson Woods, take a moment for self-care and explore our mindfulness prompts and temporary labyrinth!

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Healthy Happy Hour

We have created a virtual “Healthy Happy Hour” series to be hosted via Zoom, featuring special guest lecturers who are experts on a variety of fascinating topics. Bring your own beverage of choice, and learn something new with Brushwood Center!

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Brushwood Breath Meditation Series

This is a series of guided meditation videos, published weekly, to help people find peace and practice mindfulness during these stressful times. Meditations provided by Gail Sturm.

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Weekly At-Home Art & Nature Activities for Children

We are sharing free weekly activities from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s nationally awarded Project Learning Tree curriculum to help young people at home continue learning about the great outdoors. Nature’s wonders abound in the spring

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Cloth Mask Drive: 4000+ Donated

If you have basic sewing knowledge, we need you now! Many of our local healthcare providers are facing a serious shortage of protective face masks in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Local hospitals and nursing homes are seeking handmade mask donations ASAP.

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COVID-19 Response

The safety and well-being of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods’ visitors, event attendees and staff are our highest priority. As an organization dedicated to bringing wellness to individuals and communities through nature and the arts, we are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our region.

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Botanical Art Academy

This ongoing course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make a commitment to learn and improve their drawing and painting skills.

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Special Events

2020 Smith Nature Symposium

Business-as-usual will not suffice. Now is the time to create a stronger and more resilient future. As part of this year’s Smith Nature Symposium, we will be offering a five-part series of live streamed conversations to explore a more just and sustainable future in the aftermath of COVID-19. The series begins in August, and culminates in the Smith Nature Symposium Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 2, with our 2020 honorees: Bill McKibben and Sue Halpern.

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Riverwoods Nature Walk

August 8, 2020
Learn to identify the native, non-native, and invasive plants on your property with Brushwood Center and the Village of Riverwoods! This walk will help you learn more about the abundant plants in our community, and how you can play a role in local conservation efforts in your own backyard.

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Past Events

Botanical Art Academy

This ongoing course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make a commitment to learn and improve their drawing and painting skills.

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