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Light Grey Art Lab

LIGHT GREY ART CAMP in collaboration with MOSSWOODLAND - 3-day / 2-night Camping Trip @ Lake Maria State Park

$ 245.00

3 day / 2-night Camping Trip @ Lake Maria State Park
September 22- 24th, 2017


If you've got a good field guide or two on your bookshelf and your recently-watched list on Netflix features plenty of David Attenborough cameos, you'll feel right at home on this camping trip. This 3 day, 2 night camping trip explores nature with a scientific spin, where we'll learn how to identify, interact with, and explore new ways of observing the natural world.

Join naturalist, Matt Moss, and Light Grey Art Lab's Lindsay Nohl, on a 3-day / 2 night camping trip to Lake Maria State Park, Minnesota, where we'll learn how to identify and document the natural world around us, practice building our outdoor skills, and learn how curiosity led our ancestors to produce new methods of creating medicine, cooking, navigation, and more. Our journey takes us about an hour North of the Twin Cities, where we'll wander beneath the dense forest canopy, alongside the cattail encircled wetlands where turtles bask along the banks, and across the serene lily-covered Lake Maria via canoe. 

This all-inclusive adventure includes several hands-on outdoor activities, daily on-site instruction and lecture-based sketch-hikes through the different habitats in the park. Naturalist, Matt Moss, will be teaching a workshop on how to identify local foliage, tracks and fungi and participants will build personal field guides / explorer's journals based on their findings. All meals will be cooked at camp with instruction in how to set-up and start a great campfire including a workshop in how to bake Bannock, a traditional rustic fire-baked bread. Participants will have the opportunity to canoe early in the morning over beautiful Lake Maria and practice their plein-air painting while the morning light it at its best.

We will have plenty of camp-friendly activities for after the sun goes down. There will also be additional evening talks around the fire regarding history and culture of ancient peoples, tree-identification, animal tracking, and lore. 

All meals, programming, and lodging will be provided, and car-pooling to Lake Maria State Park is available from Light Grey Art Lab on the first day of the camp! 

A suggested supply list will be provided to all participants upon sign-up.
Participants can either sign up to carpool from the gallery, or drive to join us at our campsite at Lake Maria State Park. We'll coordinate with each person prior to the journey!

Friday, September 22
5pm rendezvous at Light Grey Art Lab to carpool / caravan
6:30pm - bedtime

Saturday, September 23
8am - bedtime

Sunday, September 24
8am - 1:30pm
(at the end of our journey, we'll carpool back to Light Grey Art Lab)

• Camp-fire cooked meals including 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Vegan / Vegetarian / Meat Options provided)
• Workshop in baking Bannock, a traditional rustic sweet bread
• Learn practical bushcraft skills such as fire-lighting, plant identification, nettle-rope making workshop and more
• Plein air paint / sketch via canoe on Lake Maria
• Create a field guide of local trees, fungi, and animal tracks during instructional hikes with Matt Moss
• Learn how curiosity led our ancestors to produce new methods of creating medicine, cooking, navigation, and more.
• Camp out under the stars with all of your meals, camping equipment*, and supplies for the trip provided.

*Participants will need to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. Tents, adventure gear and cooking equipment will be provided so you can just show up and enjoy the experience! A suggested supply list will be provided upon registration for anyone looking for recommendations as well as a form where you can note your preferences for roommates, food preferences, and provide any other information.



Matt Moss is a naturalist, outdoorsman, and is our dedicated expedition educator for Light Grey’s Travel Programs. Matt's role at Light Grey is to provide context to the natural world during residency and travel programs, and to encourage artists to explore how nature can inform the creative practice. Matt is a specialist in forests and subjects regarding plants, animals and fungi and how these organisms play a key role in our environment.

Matt Moss is an accomplished teacher in the conservation sector and has had a career in both nature conservation and design. In his early 20’s while completing a Bachelor's Degree in Design Management at Staffordshire University, Matt worked on several fund raising and design projects in his home county of Staffordshire. The most notable was for the creation of one of the first and largest urban skateboard plazas in the UK.

Matt began his early career as a designer and videographer in the extreme sports industry, a job that nurtured his creative devotion. While working for the The Source LTD, Matt ran marketing and brand campaigns, published videos, and contributed content to industry magazines. He helped manage a team of professional riders and organized promotional European trips for the team.

After working many years in design Matt switched career and went to work in the ecology and conservation sector. Matt has always had a passion for nature. Growing up in the middle of England, Matt had access to many of the national parks and spent his early years fishing, hiking the trails, climbing, learning navigation and mountain safety skills. He undertook a FdSc in Forestry and Woodland Management at Plumpton College where he eventually became the Program Manager for the course he attended. While undertaking the course Matt volunteered for several government, NGO and charity led organizations including: Scottish Natural Heritage and Kew. After completing the FdSc course Matt became a contract woodland manager, consultant and ecologist. He worked alongside several organisations that were specifically focused in nature conservation and natural land management.

Matt has a love for practical products and innovative design. He is on the Pro Staff team for the outdoor brand Civilware, where he contributes through product testing, social media content and consults on specialist subjects such as botany and field related studies.

Matt has an insatiable drive to explore big concepts and is all about turning creative ideas into real experiences. Matt brings a set of very unique skills to the Light Grey Team and we’re happy to have him join us on the Lake Maria Camping trip this fall!

Lindsay Nohl is the founder and creative director at Light Grey Art Lab. Her contributions come on the front-end in the form of group exhibition concepts, big, interactive ideas and all of the "what-if"s of the Light Grey world. In addition, Lindsay's behind-the-scenes contributions include the concept, design and many of the additional assets for the printed and video game projects, posters and marketing materials, as well as facilitation of our lectures, workshops and travel programs.

She is a primary guide on many of the Light Grey residencies and travel programs, contributing folklore, cultural history, and workshop programming. Lindsay also manages the metaphysical program, Young Mystics, at Light Grey, and contributes to monthly lectures in symbolism, Tarot, and occult subjects.

Lindsay is the creative director and owner of Paper Bicycle, a product and surface design agency in Minneapolis. She has taught for 13+ years in illustration, product design and creative business classes at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She has had the great opportunity to be a guest juror, judge and speaker, and guest lecturer at a variety of design schools, creative conferences, and events centered on creativity and entrepreneurship. 




This 3 day adventure includes a moderate level of activity and participants can expect to hike, paddle a canoe, and be outdoors for the duration of the adventure. We will be sharing group accommodations in shared tents. 

We will be running the camp rain-or-shine and will be sending out an email a couple days in advance to let everyone know the forecast and to suggest anything that might make the experience more comfortable.

Please note that the trails and areas that we will be exploring will be unpaved and un-manicured. There are no showing facilities at our location, so we suggest people bring camp-towels or shower-wipes if you'd like. Fresh water and toilet facilities are present at the campsite. Participants are welcome to swim in Lake Maria if they'd like!

All camping, exploring, and cooking gear is provided (with the exception of sleeping bags and pillows, which participants will need to bring). A form will be provided upon sign-up where we will request information about specific needs and food allergy / requirements. A big welcome email will be sent out to all participants which will have a detailed agenda for our rendezvous, packing list, information about facilities, and an introduction to other campers will be provided upon registration.

If you are interested in traveling with a partner or friend and would like to share accommodations, a form will be available upon sign up where you can check your preferences. 

This program is 18+

*** DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM, TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. We would be happy to help answer any questions about the program. Feel free to send any questions to







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