Foundation offers free paint by number templates | Life


Camp Hill, Pennsylvania — Get creative and learn about Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests with monthly paint-by-issues from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.

With a unique design available each month, the DIY paintings feature a water scene to highlight PPFF’s 2022 goal of clean water and forest ecosystems. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and in recognition of the importance of forests to water quality, this theme runs through all of PPFF’s programs this year, including our guest blogger series and contest pictures 2022.

The DIY paint by number series is available on PPFF website ( with downloadable paint templates.

This paint-by-numbers features photographer Scott Hafer’s view of a kayaker at Kettle Creek State Park.

These do-it-yourself painting templates are suitable for all skill levels and can be downloaded and printed to create a work of art right at home. Simply click on your favorite image for a downloadable paint-by-number sheet and accompanying color key.

The paintings, created by PPFF volunteer artist Melodie Schwarz-Higgins, are all based on photos received from volunteers or past photo contests. Along with the painting example and DIY model, some fun facts about what the photo captures to spread the clean water message.

“My goal as an artist is to make nature accessible to everyone through art and I hope that when people connect with the natural world, they will be inspired to appreciate and protect our incredible resources,” shared Schwarz-Higgins.


Sue Radel’s photograph of a bald eagle at Black Moshannon State Park is available as a paint-by-number template.

“The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation appreciates Melodie’s work in inspiring exploration of the reciprocal relationship between nature and art. These fun pieces are sure to inspire you to pick up a paintbrush and get outside,” said Marci Mowery, President of the Foundation, “We invite you to take a photo of your painting when it’s finished. Share it on social media and tag PPFF to help spread the word about the importance of potable water !

Looking for more ways to get creative? PPFF Drinking Water and Forest Ecosystems Photo Contest 2022 is open until September 30. Enter your photos taken in PA state parks and forests in categories related to forest and water.

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