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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

How To Draw a Tree


Digital & new media Nature & outdoors Physical activity & movement Storytelling Tour
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


The Arboretum (Guelph University)

200 Arboretum Rd, N1G 2W1

Guelph, ON

Directions: The location for the four onsite walks is the trailhead at the ARBORETUM CAMPUS PARKING LOT ENTRANCE.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and offers audio description.


A collaborative project bringing together trees, humans, mental wellness and stories.

HOW TO DRAW A TREE is both an IN PERSON audio walk and a VIRTUAL accessible and interactive sound and visual exhibition.

All in-person audio walks start at the TRAILHEAD (the University of Guelph campus entrance of the Arboretum where there is a parking lot and a kiosk.) Choose one of four stories told with sound intended to accompany you as you walk along mapped routes at The Arboretum at the University of Guelph. You will need your cellphone and headphones (and maybe bug spray, sunscreen, and water.)

Audio tours and the virtual exhibition can be accessed anytime at



Dawn Matheson

I am an interdisciplinary artist with a socially-engaged practice specializing in video and sound art. I have directed participatory media-based projects for over 20 years with works featured at festivals, galleries and in national media outlets… plus in forests, train stations, fountains and alleyways throughout Canada. Through inclusive artistic practices, I hope to interrupt civic and social spaces with unexpected moments of beauty, curiosity and joy and to dismantle barriers between individuals by creating alternative stories that build compassion and kinship.

Website, visuals and interactive maps created by artist Richelle Forsey


This event is part of a hub:

So Guelph!

City of Guelph Museums & Culture Guelph, ON

Where art meets heritage meets a passion for the natural environment, that's So Guelph! Our creative community embodies values that define Guelph - curiosity, compassion, innovation, collaboration, diversity, environmentalism, and activism....