Art & Science in One

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Art & Science in One (AS1) is Cambridge School Volunteers’ outdoor STEAM program for students in Cambridge public elementary schools. CSV trains mentors in techniques of nature journaling with children. Our staff then matches each mentor individually to one student. Mentors volunteer for two hours per session in a structured, supervised program, accompanied by CSV staff, the trainer, and the classroom teacher. Together, the mentor and student develop and extend their observation skills, make discoveries in and about the habitat at Fresh Pond Reservation, practice drawing and recording information, and learn about nature journaling from a science illustrator.

Drawing Instructor: Erica Beade

CSV Program Coordinator: Julie Croston

Participating Schools/Programs: Tobin Montessori School (annually every  spring ) and Summer Compass Program,  (pilot; summer 2018).

Interested in becoming a mentor in the program?  Register for an orientation on Eventbrite.


  • AS1/Program Reference Form Two references are required. Print two copies of the reference form and mail or bring them to two persons who know you. They may fill them out and return to you to bring to orientation, or they may scan, complete, and email them to CSV. At least one must be a professional reference; one can be a personal (but not family) reference.