Squash Blossom Farm is thrilled to present Nature- A Walking Play, in five performances August 2, 3 & 4. We're the first stop in its 2019 national tour!

Nature is the mythical telling of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau’s friendship and mutual love of the natural world. With drama and humor, the actors and musicians take the audience on a journey through the natural environment as the epic story unfolds around them. The audience walks with the cast to scenes at four evocative locations on the farm. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums, dance, and rich choral arrangements are woven into the play. It is a profound experience for all ages.


Nature was an inspiration of Tyson Forbes, co-founder of TigerLion Arts, and written collaboratively with Markell Kiefer and Sam Elmore. Forbes is a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and plays his ancestor Emerson in the performance. Much of the writing in the play is taken directly from or inspired by Emerson’s essay “Nature,” and Thoreau’s book Walden. The cast and musicians consist of some of the Twin Cities’ finest talent, including McKnight and Bush Fellows, as well as Guthrie veterans. 

Audience members at the Saturday matinee are invited to stay for a question-and-answer session with the Director and cast post-show. On Saturday evening, audience members may wish to stay for a Farm Harvest Supper prepared by guest chef Kari Davy of Forager Brewery after the performance! Forager brews will also be available for purchase.



Please park along 60th Avenue and walk up the driveway to the box office, which opens 1 hour before the show.

The play will go on even if it rains - come prepared for whatever weather Nature offers. You may wish to carry a small blanket or camp stool to sit upon.

Cold beverages and snacks will be available for purchase before and after the show.

This is a walking play - the audience will walk with the cast from scene to scene. Transport by golf cart will be available for those with mobility issues -ask at the box office.

Thank you to all who made Nature: A Walking Play at Squash Blossom Farm possible!
See Photos here!

This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, through a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.