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Songs 4 Nature

Connect to Nature through Music


Do you love nature and music? Do you write nature-inspired songs or want to learn how? This program gives you a chance to generate song ideas, lyrics, and melodies, with support from local songwriting mentors.

Songs4Nature Group

The Program

Songs for Nature (S4N) is an RSM program that helps established or aspiring musicians connect with nature and hone their songwriting skills. The program also contributes to ongoing research about creativity, nature connection, and wellbeing.

Facilitated by RSM Curator of Human Ecology Glenn Sutter, S4N camps have been run at least once per year since 2016 with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Parks Canada, and other funders. To date, camps have been held at several locations around Last Mountain Lake, in Moose Mountain Provincial Park, and in Prince Albert National Park.

Guitar on Dock

The Camps

S4N camps are multi-day affairs, usually starting on a Thursday evening and winding up after lunch that Sunday. For a modest fee that helps to cover expenses, each camp includes free lodging and meals, guided hikes, yoga, True Nature Writing sessions, campfire jams, discussions about songwriting tips and tricks, and group songwriting. Participants are also invited to showcase their songs at a public show several weeks after the camp.


Group Songs

All of the group songs from S4N camps are available as lyric videos on this YouTube playlist, and some are featured in the RSM’s “Home” gallery. The tracks can also be downloaded from bandcamp, with all proceeds going to the Friends of the RSM.


To date, our S4N mentors have included:

Youth Camp

The RSM is working on plans for a Youth Camp that will add an exciting new dimension to the S4N program. Instead of a retreat, the Youth Camp will involve weekend workshops at the RSM for young artists (18 to 25 years old) who are keen on using nature as a basis for songwriting. Watch this page for details.

The Research

S4N camps have shown how our connections to nature and other aspects of wellbeing are affected by creative pursuits like songwriting. These findings have been reported in a number of peer-reviewed papers:

Arbuthnott, K. D., G. C. Sutter, J. Belcher, and S. Stewart (2022). There’s nothing like the real thing: Nature connection and emotion in outdoor and online Songs for Nature workshops. Environmental Education Research.

Arbuthnott, K. D. and G. C. Sutter. 2019. Songwriting for nature: Increasing nature connection and well-being through musical creativity. Environmental Education Research

When’s the Next One?

We will be running an adult S4N camp from September 12 to 15, 2024 in Prince Albert National Park. Check our Facebook page for more details.


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