Sketch Across Canada

Help us get Canadians sketching in nature! We’re producing 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. 

Help us get Canadians sketching in nature!


Total Funds Raised


Total Sketchbooks Distributed

Thanks to the generosity of the Cowan Foundation and Rodney Briggs, the first $20,000 will be matched.

Sketchbook Collection Points

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. You can also 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 Learning Resources page.

We’re working hard to expand our collection points. If you’re interested in hosting one, please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you, donors.

Bald Eagle | $5,000+

The Cowan Foundation

Rodney Briggs

Snowy Owl | $2,000-$5,000

Your Name Here

Osprey | $1,000-$2,000

David Schneider

Merganser | $500-$1,000

Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre

Cardinal | $200-$500

Dorion Kingsmill

Natasha & Jeff Wells

D. Dianne Wheeler

Hummingbird | $100-$200

Ellen Aird Bateman
Heather Anne Buchanan
David Burns
Cheryl Chapman
Nancyanne Cowell
Randy Decksheimer
John Drope
Carol & Bob Emerick

Debra Fettig
Christian & Sylvia Gerber
Irene Jacob
Wendy Lynne Kirkpatrick
Jeanine LeRoy
Pauline Alice MacKenzie
Lucie Marlo
Barbara Ann Mathews

Betty Newhouse
Natasha L. Ross
Sharon Tomlinson
Agnete & Bill Vaughan
Ingrid Weiss
Harvey Stuart Whitney
Sheila Yoensky