This page is for leaders of youth in Colorado

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OUR MISSION
Our mission is to inspire youth to discover hope, healing & growth in their lives through nature, reflection and art.

ABOUT OUR BOOKS
A Social Emotional Wellness Resource
We create educational expressive art activity books that take youth on a creative journey through 20 key reflection topics that empower youth on a journey of inner transformation & personal enrichment that flows from the start of the book to the last page. Through the reflections and activities in the book, youth discover the beauty of nature and wildlife and how spending time in nature has a powerful way of balancing their natural rhythm and helping them feel calm, clear and regulated. They discover hope, healing and growth in their lives through creativity, self-expression, writing and coloring. They discover how reflecting on a positive question can shift their perspective and help guide their inner transformation while discovering their value and voice. Ultimately, they discover that their life matters, what their place in their community is and how their gifts and talents can become an offering to bring kindness to others.

This educational expressive art activity book, Discover Rocky Mountain National Park, is used by schools for Social Emotional Wellness and is appropriate for youth grades K-12.

We provide these to leaders of youth who have a clear plan for how to use it as resource for the purpose it was created.

A Creative Journey

Discover Rocky Mountain National Park
a creative journey of hope, healing & growth

Our expressive art coloring activity books take children and youth on a creative discovery that starts on page one and comes full circle on the last page. The beginning of the book presents the idea that a child’s life is like a beautiful tree. As they interact with the reflective questions and express themselves, they cultivate the life of their tree. The coloring pages surround the child with the beauty of nature. From this place, they can learn, discover and grow from a place of peace, openness and curiosity. As they approach the last page, the child shifts from focusing on their own life and begins to realize they have beautiful leaves flowing from their tree that can bring hope, healing and kindness to others. This empowers children and youth to realize they have the ability to make the world a better place, in their own unique and creative way.

  • NATURE

    To discover the beauty of nature and wildlife and how spending time in nature has a powerful way of balancing our natural rhythm and helping us feel calm, clear and regulated.

  • CREATIVITY

    To discover hope, healing and growth in our lives while interacting with the pages of our coloring activity books through creativity, self-expression, writing and coloring.

  • REFLECTION

    To discover how reflecting on a positive question can shift our perspective and help guide our inner transformation while discovering our value and voice.

The Layout

We create high quality educational expressive art coloring activity books to help children and youth discover hope, healing and growth in their lives. Our coloring activity books have 40 interactive pages.
The left side has reflection for personal growth and self-expression.
The right side has a beautiful nature themed coloring page.

Hope * Healing * Growth

Expressive Art

Our high-quality expressive art coloring activity books help children and youth have a safe way to:
Process their Emotions
Self-Regulate
Foster Courage
Develop Positive Coping Skills
Reduce Anxiety
Express Themselves
Discover Hope
Cultivate Healing
Reflect and Grow
Know their Value
Find their Voice
and ultimately...
Realize how they can make a positive difference in this world.

How our books help

"Thank you for your partnership in providing each of my students your Discover Series expressive art coloring activity books. These books have been a FANTASTIC resource to help facilitate and teach social emotional learning and are extremely powerful for me as a school psychologist because of the conversations it helps facilitate with my students. With reflective topics like explore, growth, and kindness, we learned about ourselves, set goals for the future and set ourselves up for success. We had incredible discussions about identity, cultures, customs and what makes us unique. We talked about how to cultivate confidence and how we could lift others up. The books cultivate balance in our students’ lives by providing them an outlet to use their minds to reflect and tap into their hearts and emotions through creativity and coloring. What a lot of students appreciated about this book was it gave them a space to talk about what was on their mind, their feelings, their goals, their hopes, their fears, their dreams. As a school psychologist, this is one of my favorite tools in my work with my students."
Adam Parker
School Psychologist
Heritage Elementary School
Denver, CO

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READ MORE TESTIMONIES FROM COUNSELORS, TEACHERS & LEADERS OF YOUTH

“When children and youth are experiencing something traumatic they find it difficult to talk about what they are feeling. Creativity allows for a safe way for them to express their emotions and gives us a window in their heart and how to meet them where they are. We appreciate how the reflective questions in your expressive art activity books incorporate mindfulness activities, and really aids in reducing anxiety in a child. It also helps our patients reflect on their experiences, process their emotions, and positively cope during their hospitalization. Your expressive art books are valuable tool we use in helping traumatized children cope with what they are experiencing. Thank you for your support!”
The Child Life Team
Colorado Children’s Hospital, CO

"Our school has a high trauma population and we are committed to developing the Social Emotional Learning and resiliency skills with all of our students. Your expressive art activity books provide our students a tool for learning that honors a culture of creativity, inclusion and personal enrichment. As a counselor, I love to use creativity as a regulating strategy for our students. The reflective questions in your expressive art coloring activity books ask important questions in fostering hope and healing in the lives of children and youth. They also cultivate personal growth to help them discover that their life matters. The questions provide a mentoring resource to help them explore their unique experiences, interests and dreams so they realize how they can make a difference in his world in a meaningful way."
Jenn Johnson
School Counselor
Riffenburgh Elementary
Fort Collins, CO


“Children see the world around them with a different lens than we do as adults. Art, when used as therapy, is part of nonverbal communication for children who may not be able to articulate their emotions and feelings. Art in healing spaces has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and length of stays. We don’t underestimate its lasting positive effects in a hospital, particularly on young patients. It’s a powerful tool we have in our toolbox.”
Blair Christy
Director of Art and Healing
St John’s Health
Jackson Hole, WY


"As a school counselor, I search for calming SEL resources that can support all students ranging from k 5th grade. When our students experienced severe trauma due to the Marshal Fires we used the Discovery Art for Youth expressive art coloring activity books as a regulating and healing resource. Teachers witnessed students shifting from being unsettled to becoming quiet and self reflect. The students loved their books and were eager to engage in the next following activity. Art therapy coloring books allowed our students to process their fears and concerns safely and enjoyably. Thank you, Discovery Art for Youth, for making a difference for our students!"
Michelle Beck
School Counselor
Louisville Elementary School
Louisville, CO


"Thank you for helping us help our patients! Your books are great for many of our patients but they have been extremely helpful for our patients with mental health issues.  Unfortunately, many of the inpatient facilities that address these issues have a very long wait list and the patient stay in a general hospital until placement is available.  These books are a great way to build rapport as well as an opportunity to learn more about each other and a great entryway into some therapeutic conversations. Children are still learning so much about the world around them and how they fit.  It’s nice to help them navigate and be a positive impact in their lives. Your expressive art coloring activity books are a great tool to help dive deeper into therapeutic conversations."
Kyla Brown
Child Life Coordinator
Valleywise Health Medical Center, AZ

"Thank you so much for the awesome books. As a counselor, I use art therapy with many of our students. Art therapy is a great rapport building activity. Children love to be doing an activity while they are having a conversation. Your books are designed in a way that the children feel safe to talk about their feelings while coloring the beautiful nature scenes and wildlife.  We have many wonderful conversations with students while doing art together!"
Counseling Team
Miles Elementary, FL

"We have been using your expressive art coloring books at Rady Children’s Hospital for several years now. Our patients really enjoy these coloring books because it helps them express themselves in different ways. As a Child Life Specialist, I have used these books in 1 on 1 interactions with patients and it helps open up avenues for discussion, especially with teens. I have been a Child Life Specialist for over 20 years and I love working with children and being able to help them cope with illness, new diagnosis and hospitalization. These coloring books are not just any coloring books! They provide a way for our patients to express themselves in a totally non threatening way. Our patients love these books!!!"
Lisa Tweed
MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Rady Children's Hospital
San Diego, CA


"We are so grateful for your donation of Discovery Art for Youth expressive art coloring activity books! These coloring books supported our students after the traumatic Marshall Fires that blazed through our community destroying over 1,000 homes. Students came back to school all needing something different to begin their healing process. These books provided a safe way for students to use creativity to process their turbulent emotions and discover how to regulate their hearts. We are looking forward to using these books each year for social emotional wellness, building confidence and self-esteem, goal setting and helping children reach their full-potential."
Molly Kobus
School Counselor
Fireside Elementary
Boulder, CO


"The Discover series expressive art books are amazing and our pediatric patients love them! The books are such a great tool for distraction, diversion and self expression. We love working with children and youth in the hospital setting to educate about their health/procedures/diagnosis, guide to promote positive coping during their hospitalization, provide normalcy during crisis, and distract with bedside activities.  Your books are an important tool in helping our children cope with what they are experiencing in a positive and healthy way."
Rita Goshert MA,
CCLS Director
Cherese Mari Laulhere  Child Life Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital
Long Beach, CA


"Thank you again for donating your expressive art coloring books for our summer camp for at-risky youth! The kids and educators are loving them. The kids are really liking the reflective prompts and the time to color while thinking about their answers!  What a great book to help kids grow and thrive!"
The Powerhouse Camps
Durango, CO


"Thank you so much for your generous donation of Expressive Art Coloring Activity Books to our hospital!  We are very appreciative of this donation as it allows us to provide a creative outlet and form of distraction to many of our current pediatric patients. We truly appreciate the care, love and thought you have put into these books for our patients."
Gabrielle Grimaldi Bellettieri
Creative Art Therapist
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
New York


"Thank you for providing your expressive art coloring books to our Child Life team!  We love the way you created the books in a way that is very appropriate for all ages. The coloring pages are simple enough the younger children can do them but they are not childish so we can use them with our teen patients as well. We also appreciate how you included simple questions for the children and youth to reflect on which fills their minds with positive thoughts and helps them realize how strong, courageous and brave they truly are. It also helps them evaluate so many beautiful pieces of their lives. Your books are truly a gift."
Child Life Team
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL


"Children need play, art, music, activities to work through and process the hard stuff.  As a child life specialist, I get to create opportunities for children and families to work through hard topics utilizing play as a modality to do that. Your expressive art coloring books help the children and youth we care for discover they can make it through the hard times they are experiencing and provides a valuable resource for us to initiate deeper conversations about their thoughts and emotions."
Taryn Weelock
Child Life
Gundersen Health System
La Crosse, WI

“I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the wonderful coloring activity books that you have provided, which foster social emotional learning. Your generous contribution has made a significant impact in our community, and we are truly thankful for your dedication to promoting the well-being and growth of our youth. These coloring books have proven to be invaluable tools in our efforts to support the emotional development and mental well-being of the children in our program. The engaging content and thoughtful design not only encourage creativity but also help young minds explore and understand their emotions, promoting empathy, self-awareness, and effective communication. Your commitment to nurturing the emotional intelligence of our youth is commendable, and we are grateful for the positive influence your organization has on our community. We look forward to continuing our partnership and working together to empower the next generation. Once again, mahalo for your incredible support and for making a meaningful difference in the lives of our children and youth. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!”
Me ke aloha pumehana,
Kele Sipman
Kaiapuni/504 Counselor
Kalama Intermediate, Maui


“Mahalo, Discovery Art for Youth for providing Discover Maui Hawaii expressive art coloring activity books for our students.  We love the layout of the book as it has reflections and coloring pages side by side, making it simple for kids to follow along during our guided school counseling sessions. These books are helping students find their inner strength and discover ways in which their resilience can help themselves heal, grow, and help others down the road. Students really enjoy coloring the beautiful nature and cultural scenes the most.  It is an incredible resource for cultivating healing, personal enrichment and a connection with our Native Hawaiian culture for our students!”
Rachael Watson
K-2 School Counselor
Pu'u Kukui Elementary School, Maui

"We all recognize that being in the hospital can be a very emotional experience and being able to express those feelings is an important part of the coping process. Your generous donation will be a great way for children of all ages to find ways to capture their feelings in artwork and writing. Thank you for the positive impact you are having with the children who need it the most! We appreciate you very much!!"
Child Life Team
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA

"When a child or family faces hospitalization, there are many emotions and challenges that come along with their medical experiences. Your expressive art coloring books are used frequently to help manage pain in an alternative way and allow children an outlet to express emotions. Engaging in art can reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and length of admissions. Even children who are nonverbal and cannot articulate how they are feeling, can use art to express themselves and process their experiences. Your books are unique because they are simple, but appropriate for children and teenagers of all ages. We love the format of the book with simple reflective questions and space for self-expression on the left and inspiring coloring pages of nature and wildlife on the right. The questions foster creativity, imagination and growth. As the children interact with the pages it provides a calming way to cope with what they are experiencing.  Thank you to your gift to our child life team and children here in Chicago!”
Dana Thornquist, MS, CCLS
Children’s Hospital University of Illinois


"Your expressive art coloring books have been a wonderful resource for facilitating self-expression and helping to build rapport with children/teens admitted for behavioral health crisis intervention. We want every child and youth to feel valued and to know their voice matters. Your books help our kids recognize their strengths and build coping techniques to help them in the hospital and in their lives overall. Thank you for your donation!"
Shannon Joslin, M.S., CCLS
Child Life Manager
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, MD

"Thank you for your wonderful expressive art coloring activity books. We use the books as a way for patients to express their emotions following a trauma, loss, or during hospitalization. We appreciate the blank spaces for children & teens to express feelings in an open-ended way. For example, the prompts aren't specific to traumatic events (accident, death, etc.) but are very open to interpretation by the child or teen."
Renee Hunte
Chiild Life

Duke Children’s Hospital, NC

"Thank you for donating your Discover expressive art books for our students!  We will be using the books with our students demonstrating anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, or trauma in order to increase mindfulness and coping skills. We love how the books surround youth with the beauty of nature while helping them grow in their personal lives. A powerful shift happens at the end of the book as youth realize they have leaves blowing from their tree that can impact the world around them in a positive way. Thank you for creating such an empowering book for our students!"
The Counseling Team
Weatherbee Elementary School
Florida


“Thank you for creating this wonderful expressive art activity book for the youth of Maui. Our school will be using this resource for all our students. We appreciate the deep care and compassion you have displayed for our island in creating this beautiful resource to help our keiki process, heal and grow during this difficult time. The reflections help our keiki process their emotions at the same time develop positive coping skills and build resilience. Our team is especially appreciative of how you incorporated important culturally relevant reflections and coloring pages. This book feels rooted in our culture and special for our community. Thank you for touching our lives with your gift and vision for our healing.”
Jackie Mukai
Maui Counselor

“We are deeply grateful for the Discovery art therapy books for our students.  The books provide a way to explore, process and actually put to words and pictures some of the feelings that they are experiencing.  The books also help them discover some of their own personal resources.  The layout walks them though this step by step and each page helps them reinforce the tools that they have and build resilience. Using place-based pictures that connect with questions and answers is an amazing tool that we can use to heal! As a school counselor, I find this so important.  Our teachers have been able to access this resource as well to use in the classroom. The Discovery Art books are an innovative, creative and a valuable resource and we are beyond grateful that these have been provided to use free of charge.”
Cathy Fitzpatrick
Counselor
Iao Middle School, Maui

“Mahalo Discovery Art for Youth for creating this amazing resource for our keiki, especially during these difficult times. I have used them with students directly impacted by the Lahaina fires and others that were not. I have also used them as stress relief for teachers who have been feeling burnt out as well as a few parents wanting a resource for themselves. The beautiful pictures along with the reflection questions, provide a great opportunity for my students to destress and reflect on ways that support them.”
Kimberly Naylor (she/her), M.Ed 
School Counselor/Behavior RTI Teacher & 504 Coordinator
Pōmaika`i Elementary School, Maui


"I'm so grateful to have the Maui Discovery Art for Youth book as a resource for my work with High School students. It has been a great tool to help them express themselves in a non-intrusive way. I can also see creativity and compassion it sparks in them. Mahalo for your generous gifts to the students at Baldwin High School."
Oudlay Tom LCSW
Behavioral Health Specialist
Baldwin High School, Maui


“MAHALO to Discovery Art for Youth for providing your art for healing books to our students. Even at the high school level, students use coloring to destress and they find that it helps to ground them. It is awesome that there are reflective prompts to get students thinking which opens up and easy and safe way for me to have conversations with them about what is going on in their lives. As their counselor, I am grateful for this very powerful tool to help my students heal and also to grow.” 
Jayna Yamamoto
Counselor
King Kekaulike High School, Maui


"These Discover Maui books have been a big support to help my students open up about their experiences with the fire and share how it has impacted them, through the reflective pages they have been able to realize it is okay to have feelings of loss, grief, sadness, anger, etc. and this book has provided a powerful tool to help them express themselves and heal by sharing their feelings through reflection and art. I also appreciate how the books help the youth focus on the good in their lives while they are processing such a difficult time."
Lance Toyoshima
Behavior Health Specialist
Kamali'i Elementary School, Maui


"We want to share our gratitude for your therapeutic art for healing books to aid our patients on their journey of healing and personal enrichment. We look forward to continuing this partnership."
Mahalo nui,
Holly Ho | Controller
Hui No Ke Ola Pono
Maui’s Native Hawaiian Health Care System, Maui


"Thank you for donating Discover Maui art for healing books! I am using the books with my students to help process the trauma from the fires but also as curriculum for overall social emotional wellness. The books have so much going on in them - I love how I can use the nature and coloring for mindfulness and the reflection for an increased connection to self and their personal goals. I have noticed my students feel much calmer after they have worked in the book. Thank you for creating such an amazing tool for healing."
Kelly Albrecht
Behavioral Health Specialist
Maui High School, Maui


"We are so grateful to you for your beautiful Discover expressive art coloring books. We are the leading center caring for children across all of our islands and the Pacific Basin, so the impact of your books is so far reaching. You will touch the lives of so many patients and really keep their spirits up and positive. Thank you for your wonderful donations to us."
Emily Torres
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children
Honolulu, HI

"Thank you for your partnership in providing each of my students your Discover Series expressive art coloring activity books. These books have been a FANTASTIC resource to help facilitate and teach social emotional learning and are extremely powerful for me as a school psychologist because of the conversations it helps facilitate with my students. With reflective topics like explore, growth, and kindness, we learned about ourselves, set goals for the future and set ourselves up for success. We had incredible discussions about identity, cultures, customs and what makes us unique. We talked about how to cultivate confidence and how we could lift others up. The books cultivate balance in our students’ lives by providing them an outlet to use their minds to reflect and tap into their hearts and emotions through creativity and coloring. What a lot of students appreciated about this book was it gave them a space to talk about what was on their mind, their feelings, their goals, their hopes, their fears, their dreams. As a school psychologist, this is one of my favorite tools in my work with my students."
Adam Parker
School Psychologist
Heritage Elementary School
Denver, CO

*these are just a few of the hundreds of testimonies we can share.

  • FOR WHAT AGE?

    The books are created to meet children and youth where they are.
    They are simple enough you can adapt it for elementary age yet deep enough the middle school age and high school teens can go on a deeper journey of personal enrichment and growth.

  • FOR COUNSELORS

    Art, when used as therapy, is part of nonverbal communication for children who may not be able to articulate their emotions and feelings. The coloring opens up a window into their heart and the reflection creates a safe way to start important conversations.

  • FOR TEACHERS

    Teachers often use these books as a "soft start" for the day. There are 20 key reflective themes that make it easy to focus on one theme per week. This is a tool you can also use for personal enrichment and growth that is easy to flow into your overall planning.

For school counselors, teachers and mentors of youth

HOW TO REQUEST BOOKS

Read the details on how to request books for your school, hospital or youth program in CO.

APPLY FOR A BOOK DONATION PROCESS

We welcome applications and will process them in the order they are received. Read this page for all info needed.

BEFORE YOU START
Please read over this entire web page to understand the purpose of this book before you apply for a book donation.

Have a plan clear in your mind how you will use the books for the next school year 2024/2025.

Do the following steps when you can take your time to answer all the questions in a thoughtful manner and you are not rushed. We enjoy getting to know you and the insights you have as a leader.

START HERE

Create a word, pages or pdf document that answers these questions and email the file to us at Donations@DiscoveryArtforYouth.org (please do not copy and paste into an email unless you cannot create the file format requested)

Please Include these details:
1. NAME
Your Name

2. ORGANIZATION
*If you are with a school, which one?

3. YOUR ROLE
Your Role - Are you a counselor, behavioral health specialist, teacher, youth leader, mentor or other?

4. ADDRESS
Full mailing address for a shipping label and please include:
*Name of school or organization
*Street
*City, St, Zip
*Contact for attention
*Phone in case shipping has problem with delivery

5. DISTRICT
If you are with the DOE, what district are you in?

6. LEADER FOCUS
Please answer all of the following questions with as much detail as you can. (since some of you have not yet seen the books in person just answer what you can based on what you can see on the website).

a). What age or group is your focus?

b). How many youth do you serve?

c). In paragraph form please answer these two questions: What do you like most about the books as a leader and how do you feel these books will help you as a leader of youth?

d).This book is a creative journey of hope, culture and growth through 20 key reflection topics that empower youth on a journey of inner transformation & personal enrichment that flows from the start of the book to the last page. Do you feel you can carve out time to take the youth in your care on this journey? If so, what is your plan?

7. YOUTH FOCUS
In one paragraph please answer these three questions:

What do you feel the youth will like most about the books and the journey it takes them on?

How do you feel these books will help the youth you serve?

What do you hope youth will experience on this journey?

8. START DATE
What is your ideal start and end date of when you will take youth on the journey through the book?

9. HOW MANY BOOKS?
How many books are you requesting so all the youth in your care receive their own copy?

These books are not "to give away" but to be used in classroom or group setting where you can take youth on the journey through the 20 lessons.

10. FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
We have a certain amount of book grants available for school principals who have a plan for providing the books for all students in every grade level. Here a few examples of how principals are using the books to bring their vision to life school wide:

*Some principals will actually lead their teachers and staff through the journey of the book so they can experience the impact of it on a personal level and discuss together how to best implement the book for the specific grade level they are leading.

*Many principals use the books in each grade level for SEL and as a way to create unity and bonding with all grades. Then they host coloring contests and take photos of the coloring pages youth have created and post them all over the school to fill their school with the beauty of nature and their environment.

*When used school wide, usually the BHS or Counselors will use the book with the students in the classroom for SEL. Or the teachers will use it as a "soft start" and students will bring the books with them when having focus time with their counselor.

11. COMMENTS
Include anything else you would like to share or do you have any questions?

NEXT STEP
We will review your application and be in touch soon!

We provide our books to schools who have a clear plan for how they will use them and it falls in line with the purpose of why they were created.

All this works as we have funds available to cover our production, printing and distributions costs. We are grateful to our funding sponsors who help us make all this flow!