Songwriting 4 Nature: Spring 2020 Youth Camp

Date: May 28, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: POSTPONED | Last Mountain Regional Park


Program runs from 6:30 pm Thursday through to 1:30 pm Sunday.

Early-bird (before March 20): $80 / person (includes taxes)
After March 20: $115 / person (includes taxes)


Are you a Grade 9-12 student who loves nature and music? Do you write songs or want to learn how? Our popular Songwriting for Nature program is happening again, this time at Last Mountain Regional Park on the shores of Last Mountain Lake. As outlined below, this weekend camp will give you a chance to learn about songwriting and gain insights about nature and music in a wonderful natural setting. You don’t need a lot of musical or songwriting experience. The camp is designed to give you a sense of the craft through fun, rewarding experiences guided by a team of talented artists. You will also be contributing to cutting-edge research about creativity and nature connection.

This camp is likely to fill up quickly, so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Our Mentors

This program is coordinated by RSM Curator of Human Ecology, Glenn Sutter, who is also a performing songwriter.

2019 Juno Nominee Megan Nash, winner of numerous Saskatchewan awards and Western Canadian Music Awards two-time nominee.


Kara Golemba, an award-winning songwriter with a voice that can be “sweet and charming or powerfully raised to rattle the teacups.”



What's included?

We will be staying at the beautiful Last Mountain Regional Park, just south of the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary and National Wildlife Area. The site includes shaded trails, a beautiful beach, and the Last Mountain Bird Observatory, where we’ll have a chance to see migratory songbirds up close!

We will provide all meals (please let us know if you have dietary restrictions!), facilitated songwriting sessions, and on-location demo recording. If you want, you will also get to perform at a Songs for Nature Showcase at the RSM on June 10th, and songs from the camp may be featured in the RSM’s “Nature Inspires” listening station.



Our days will start with yoga, and include hiking, writing, group work, and plenty of time to reflect and create. The perfect way to get your juices flowing!

Thursday, May 28

4:00 PM – Meet in RSM parking lot (for people near Regina)

6:30 PM – Arrive at Last Mountain Regional Park – check-in

7:00 PM – Supper

8:00 PM – Welcome and initial surveys

8:40 PM – Ice-breaker, context, and weekend goals

9:30 PM – Campfire

11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz


Friday, May 29

7:30 AM – Yoga

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM – Nature immersion and art stations

10:30 AM – True Nature Writing (TNW) session

Noon – Lunch en route to National Wildlife Area (40 min)

1:15 PM – Guided hike at NWA

2:15 PM – Travel back to camp

3:00 PM – Songwriting tips and tricks

4:00 PM – Reflection/writing time

6:00 PM – Supper

7:00 PM – Start group song

9:00 PM – Campfire

11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz


Saturday, May 30

7:30 AM – Yoga

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM – Art stations, optional TNW session

Noon – Lunch

1:00 PM – Reflection/writing time

5:00 PM – Supper

6:00 PM – Finish group song

8:00 PM – Sharing circle

9:00 PM – Campfire

11:00 PM – ZZZzzzzzzz


Sunday, May 31

7:30 AM – Yoga

8:00 AM – Breakfast

8:30 AM – Reflection/writing time

11:15 AM – Group check-in

11:30 AM – Research time

Noon – Lunch

1:00 PM – Pack up

1:30 PM – Depart

Travel and Lodging

  • People near Regina will be bussed to and from the camp (loading and drop-off at the RSM parking lot). Otherwise, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements.
  • We will be tenting all 3 nights. If you bring your own tent, you are responsible for it but someone will be available to help you set it up and take it down. If you don’t bring a tent, you will be sleeping in one of the 8-person tents provided by the program.
  • Adult chaperones need to bring their own tents. If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Glenn at to find out what this involves.

Things to Bring

  • Your own tent, unless you prefer to be in a program tent.
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and pillow
  • Your instrument of choice (an electric keyboard will be provided)
  • Warm layers, hat, clothes and shoes or boots for light hiking
  • Rain pants and rubber boots
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pens and/or pencils

Note to Parents and Guardians

  • We are committed to making this camp a creative and comfortable experience for everyone. To that end, alcohol and recreational drugs are not allowed at camp and all activities are closely supervised by adult facilitators and chaperones.