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,  Truckee’s Historical Tour Fundraiser, and
The Dreaming Tree Field Trips.
We respectfully acknowledge that we walk on the unceded land of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

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 for over 400 Truckee and North Tahoe third grade students.
"Thank you once again for this amazing opportunity! The Trails & Vistas artists and experiences they provided at Donner Memorial State Park provided a unique opportunity for my students to connect with nature on a highly personal basis.  They came back to the classroom highly energized and engaged from their experience. In fact, our day with Trails & Vistas provided a springboard from which students created poetry and conducted research about the native plant and animal species they saw at Donner Lake.  Learning is always much more powerful when it is based on experience.  Thank you once again for opening my students' eyes to the beauty and wonder that is all around them! " – Brook Binley, 3/4 Grade Teacher, Forest Charter School, Truckee

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 Guide Outings and Workshops

Community Workshops

Building Community through the arts
Your Guide: Felix Brosch with Shinrin yoku ~ “Forest Bathing”

Guide Felix Brosch with Shinrin yoku “Forest Bathing”
For Volunteer Guide Training RSVP: Nancy Lopez,

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. 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 Workshops

Building Community with Visual Art & Dance workshops

Artist Romina Branje
RSVP: Nancy Lopez,

Stories and conversation are powerful because they can focus our attention, connect us and help us see from different perspectives.  We want to create narrative transportation with Community Art & Dance Workshops to build community.  The first step is to bridge our Latine community and non-Latine community with a personal invitation to a visual and dance classes. Attendees are invited to attend the art in nature programs such as Trails & Vistas art hike to create community.

Building Community Through Dance - A Collaboration with Trails & Vistas and InnerRhythms Dance.
Saturday, April 1, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Friday, April 21, 5;30-7:30 pm
Join Eric Ventura for this FREE community dance event! All skill levels welcome, no dance experience needed. A U-Jam cardio dance celebration will be followed by a sound healing session.  This is a community outreach dance and movement workshop focused on health and mental wellness. Light refreshments will be served.  50 attendees max so please be sure to register!  Funded by Trails & Vistas Community Impact Grant, California Arts Council.

Trails & Vistas has partnered with Truckee artist, Romina Branje over the past year to create the Impact Project Latinx Community Art program, which provides art workshops for the youth and adults of the Truckee community. Trails & Vistas will continue to seek funding to offer art and nature experiences for under-privileged families, especially those in Kings Beach and Truckee communities. Trails & Vistas funds bilingual staff that support Spanish-speaking children and families who come to the community workshops and art hikes. "We wanted to offer a community program where all children and adults of all socio-economic levels can create and walk together,’ said Romina Branje, Trails & Vistas outreach coordinator.

Trails & Vistas events are structured to move towards change and being intentional with our actions to expand our professional circle of artists, and build relationships within our local Latine community to create a more just community. Challenges in our rural town include a racial divide between two main cultures, with one having more access to the arts than the other. One of our goals is to bridge that divide.  The Community Art workshops will utilize creative practices with a wide range of art genres to impact social issues affecting our rural mountain community, including education, environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing. Trails & Vistas community art events promote treating each other and the world with care.

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 “ 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, InnerRhythms Dance, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks, California State Parks, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and The Culture/Language Department of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
The Indigenous peoples of the Washoe Tribe are the original caretakers of this land.

InnerRhythms Dance
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.

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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Trails & Vistas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. (26-4300208)
By donating to Trails & Vistas you're supporting the arts and helping to bring immersive
experiences in creativity for local students and communities.

We respectfully acknowledge that we walk on the unceded land of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
Trails & Vistas strives to create a more sustainable and healthy world for all people across race, class, gender, geography, and other differences.

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