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- Explore Nature and Tell Your Story
June 1, 2016
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
David Thoreson will teach people how to create their own visual stories during his class 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The Explore Nature and Tell Your Story class will combine aspects of visualization, photographic composition and storytelling.
Students high-school age or older should have a basic understanding of photography. Participants should bring a camera — anything from a smartphone to a DSLR and lenses — as well as a tablet or laptop with power cords to work on a digital presentation. Some knowledge of Powerpoint or Keynote will also be helpful for registrants.
The class costs $50 and has a minimum of six students to be held and a maximum of 15 students. To register, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants also may drop off their class payments, made out to David Thoreson, during nature center open hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (through Memorial Day weekend) or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (starting Memorial Day weekend).