FULL: Songs 4 Nature

With people feeling isolated and anxious about COVID-19, we want to offer safe, creative experiences that bring us together. So we’re excited to be reviving our adult Songs 4 Nature program, this time on Zoom! Over 4 evening sessions, you will have a chance to dive into songwriting and draw inspiration from nature, supported by a team of established local artists. You’ll also find ways to connect with nature close to home or at the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, through self-guided “homework” exercises. All levels of skill and experience are welcome!

This camp is contributing to cutting-edge research about creativity and nature connection. You will be invited to take part in this research project when you register.

The songs you create may be featured on our website ( and the RSM’s “Nature Inspires” listening station. Also, people who take part in the whole program (all 4 sessions) will be invited to perform during a special online wind-up on August 15th. This showcase concert is being organized and will be widely promoted as a public SideDoor event.

This is a free camp but space is limited, so sign up soon! Registration runs from June 15 to July 6, and registration is for all four sessions, plus the August 15 Wind-up show. Priority will be given to Saskatchewan residents from June 15 to June 17.

Our Facilitators

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.


Ryan Hicks, a Regina-raised singer-songwriter, who makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music. If McCartney, Brian Wilson and Fleet Foxes made music for David Lynch.


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







Songs 4 Nature: Adult Camp Session 1

Date: July 9, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Place: ONLINE |


Session 1 Schedule: Planting seeds

  • Context and brief introductions
  • Nature sounds/experiences as prompts
  • Creativity exercises
  • True Nature Writing
  • Private Facebook group for sharing song ideas
  • Scheduling one-on-one sessions
  • Homework:
    • 4 Seasons of Reconciliation videos. Link will be provided.
    • Capture your experiences in nature. You are encouraged to visit the National Wildlife Area at the north end of Last Mountain Lake for this. Directions and COVID-related visitor guidelines for the NWA will be provided.

— All sessions include time for an after-party! —


If you decide to visit the National Wildlife Area or some other location for the homework exercise, you are responsible for your own costs and travel arrangements.

How to Zoom

This brief video explains how to attend a Zoom session and how to get best audio quality when using Zoom for musical performances: