Community Outreach

Connect with art and nature.

Become more inspired with every step.

Trails & Vistas mission is to create community by celebrating the arts and nature.
Building community is at the center of all we do. And growing our community, giving voice to our community, learning from our community, and fostering belonging within our community are at the center of our art in nature programs. We are proud to build community with our art and dance workshops, our signature Art Hikes, World Concert: A Peace Project of Truckee Tahoe, Truckee’s Historical Tour, and The Dreaming Tree Field Trips.

The Dreaming Tree Field Trips

The Dreaming Tree Field Trip at Lake Tahoe is a stunning project dedicated to the arts and environmental stewardship. What started as an effort in 2011 to host an outdoor classroom has since grown into an experience of land, art, and community. Trails & Vistas is a nonprofit that conducts art in nature events for people of all ages with art hikes, a world concert, and school field trips for over 500 Truckee and Tahoe third grade students.

The art in nature field trips are designed to uphold the value of hands-on environmental education through nature hikes infused with creative arts such as music, poetry, visual art and storytelling. Trails & Vistas field trips support the idea that an outdoor classroom in nature is where learning comes to life and connections to the natural world are discovered through writing poems, creating art, listening to a storyteller and exploring the natural environment on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Art within Nature Outings and Workshops

Community Workshop

Your Guide: Felix Brosch with Shinrin yoku ~ “Forest Bathing”

Guide Felix Brosch with Shinrin yoku “Forest Bathing”
For Volunteer Guide Training RSVP: Nancy Lopez,
Location: Clair Tappaan Lodge, Donner Summit, CA
Art Tribe Guide Training Workshop

Molly Lynch, founder of Soul Counsel, Felix Brosch, founder of Earthkraft will lead this complimentary guide training to help us build community, set intentions to trust the forest, and make a deeper connection to the land and life around us.
Outline of the day: 9:00 to 1:00, lunch included
About the Activities and Presenters: Setting Soulful Intentions with Molly Lynch
This workshop invites you to listen deeply to your connection to the land with a sense of curiosity and wonder. This experience will also support you in clarifying what focused communication offers to lead your Art Hike group in September into a deeper connection to the art and land around us.
The guide that opens the door to connection by Felix Brosch
Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Awaken your senses and reconnect with nature during this mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide.Felix Brosch, a Tahoe resident for almost 20 years is originally from South Germany. Feliz Brosch is an nature guide with an AA degree in wilderness education, Reiki certification and the Earth Activist training with Starhawk. Felix will lead a small group out in nature and share the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." Forest Bathing has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing.

Community Workshop

Your Guide: Sophie Moeller ~ YES AND Philosophy

Sophie Moeller teaching the "YES AND Philosophy"
RSVP: Nancy Lopez,

Stories are powerful because they can focus our attention, connect us and help us see from different perspectives.  We want to create narrative transportation with a YES AND philosophy to build community for the Trails & Vistas Art Hikes.  Along the nature trail Sophie will teach improv and storytelling skills to offer the ability of a narrative to take the audience into a different world.

A special thank you to our community partners.

Since 2004, Trails & Vistas has established a regional and local partnership program designed to foster the performing, visual and literary arts, and inspire environmental stewardship. Jay Howard, park supervisor of Lake Tahoe Sand Harbor State Park said “Nevada State Parks is proud to collaborate with, and support, the activities of the Trails and Vistas organization. The Art Hikes, Art Hikes for Schools, World Concert, and other various hikes done at Sand Harbor and Spooner Backcountry is a fun and unique way to enjoy the great outdoors. The way Trails and Vistas joins art and nature in an outdoor setting is simply an experience that every child must have.”

We are collaborators.

Founded in 2004, Trails & Vistas has grown to offer Art Hikes, Art in Nature Field Trips, World Concert, and community art/dance workshops. Trails & Vistas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization partnered with several Truckee/Tahoe non-profit organizations, Arts in Wellness, Inner Rhythms Dance Theatre, Tahoe Arts Project, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

InnerRhythms Dance Theatre
InnerRhythms Dance Theatre is a proud founding partner of Trails & Vistas since 2004. InnerRhythms mission is to use the power of dance and music to cultivate life skills in our youth, promote global stewardship, and create an everlasting passion for the arts in the communities we serve.

The World Concert: A Peace Project of Truckee Tahoe
A perfect union of the beauty of Sand Harbor Nevada State Park, art, and world music. There is no place on earth like Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe. One word- BEAUTIFUL!  Trails & Vistas is honored to collaborate with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Showcase Series, and Lake Tahoe State Parks to offer the World Concert, school field trips hosting sponsor Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks!

Notes from our friends

Nevada State Parks is proud to collaborate with, and support, the activities of the Trails and Vistas organization. The Art Hikes, Art in Nature Field Trips for Schools, World Concert, and other various hikes done at Sand Harbor and Spooner Backcountry is a fun and unique way to enjoy the great outdoors. The way Trails and Vistas joins art and nature in an outdoor setting is simply an experience that every child must have.

Jay Howard

Park Supervisor, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

Thank you for the field trip to Lake Tahoe. I loved quieting our minds. I loved your music. I never knew we only had 1 percent of our water on the earth was drinkable water. I really loved sketching.


3rd grader, Creekside School

Amazing! It’s a special experience. I’ve never come across an event like it anywhere in the country.

Ian Case


Where else than the Trails & Vistas World Concert do you hear songs in French, Spanish, Chinese, English, Russian, and Japanese...This concert has expanded my love of music.

M. Joseph

World Concert fan

I have performed many concerts, festivals and special events around the world, but Trails and Vistas stands as one of the most memorable and special of all.

Scarlet Rivera


The Art Hikes were magical! The concert was fantastic. I appreciate the positive message that Trails and Vistas is promoting for us all. And the world needs it now more than ever. Thank you.

Stephanie Y.

Art Hiker

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