Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada


Help us raise funds, spread the word, and colour in our “Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada” map from West Coast to East Coast!


Total Funds Raised
Goal: $150,000


Total Sketchbooks Distributed
Goal: 33,000

Bateman’s Sketch Across Canada is a nationwide project by the Bateman Foundation. Working with Black Press Media, we’re producing 33,000 free sketchbooks to be distributed across the country, asking Canadians to venture outside and, in the words of Robert Bateman, “become bright-eyed three-year-olds again”. Sketching nature promotes knowledge, understanding, and connection to the environment, and the act itself is a mindful one: taking the time to stop, look and sketch can be a useful tool for managing anxiety and depression. 

Want to get involved? Visit one of these locations to collect your free sketchbook, and share your finished artwork on social media with the hashtag #mynaturesketch. Or donate to the campaign and help us spread the joy of sketching from coast to coast! For contributions of $100 or more, your name will be added to the Canvas of Hope, which will be updated periodically along with the total funds raised. Check back here to see the progress! 

For access to more sketching resources, like activities and tutorials, please visit our Digital Resources page.

*The first $20,000 will be MATCHED thanks to the generosity of the Cowan Foundation ($10,000) and Rodney Briggs ($10,000)!*



Thank you to our major donors and financial supporters.

Bald Eagle $5,000+
  • The Cowan Foundation
  • Rodney Briggs
Snowy Owl $2,000-$5,000
  • Your Name Here
  • Your Name Here
  • Your Name Here
Osprey $1,000-$2,000
  • David Schneider
  • Your Name Here
  • Your Name Here
Merganser $500-$1,000
  • Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre
  • Your Name Here
  • Your Name Here
Cardinal $200-$500
  • D. Dianne Wheeler
  • Niall Henry
  • Natasha & Jeff Wells
  • Your Name Here
  • Dorion Kingsmill
  • Your Name Here
Hummingbird $100-$200
  • Pauline Alice MacKenzie
  • Irene Jacob
  • Betty Newhouse
  • Barbara Ann Mathews
  • Debra Fettig
  • Harvey Stuart Whitney
  • David Burns
  • Sheila Yoensky
  • Sharon J. Clayton
  • Karen Lynn Fydenchuk
  • Bella Sophia Washington
  • Carol & Bob Emerick
  • Sharon Tomlinson
  • John Drope
  • Jeanine LeRoy
  • Nancyanne Cowell
  • Ms. Wendy Lynne Kirkpatrick
  • Ingrid Weiss
  • Christian & Sylvia Gerber
  • Tim Ray
  • Marcia Baker
  • Your Name Here
  • Lucie Marlo
  • Ellen Aird Bateman
  • Randy Decksheimer
  • Cheryl Chapman
  • Natasha L Ross
  • Agnete & Bill Vaughan
  • Heather Anne Buchanan
  • Jeanine LeRoy
  • Jenniferjane Ann Grahame
  • Scott Cameron
  • Your Name Here

“Most kids start drawing mammals and birds at three and quit before they’re ten. I never stopped. The habit of sketching the wildlife in my backyard took hold when I was very young.

On May 24th I will have my 90th birthday. After nine eventful decades I still feel the excitement of venturing outside and exploring the richness of nature. It’s hard to imagine all the massive changes that have affected our world, with the impacts of climate change being the most dramatic.

Saving our natural spaces has become one of my most important goals, along with getting our young people to willingly venture outside and enjoy its magic, now more than ever.

My life has been blessed with the many friends and connections I have made in both the art world and the world of environmental conservation. I happily look back over the last few years to see how these achievements have been celebrated through the charitable foundation and art gallery that bears my name. The Bateman Foundation’s Nature Sketch Program has succeeded in engaging over 3000 people across Canada: young and old alike exploring their backyards, pencil or ballpoint pen in hand, sketching the world around them. In 2019 we partnered with Anxiety Canada to deliver the program to kids who suffer from anxiety: it is a joy to help them experience relief and mindfulness, sharing the benefits of going outside and using art to highlight the beauty and magic of the natural world. It is a truism that you find yourself through losing yourself.”

Have questions? Get in touch!

If you need more information, or if you are interested in hosting a Sketch Across Canada collection point, please email us at