Our History

Founded in 1976, the Nature Printing Society is an international organization devoted to nature and to the art of nature printing. It is organized and operated for artistic and educational purposes, to advance and encourage nature printing, and to further the interests of its members by promoting acquaintance and cooperation among them. The Society encourages publication of articles, demonstrations of printing, teaching of classes, and the organization of displays and exhibitions of all forms of nature printing. It has established guidelines for prints based on those followed by Gyotaku-no-kai, the Japanese fish printing organization.

The Nature Printing Society publishes a quarterly newsletter for members that contains information on techniques used in printing, schedules of classes and workshops held by and for members, dates of shows exhibiting prints by members, and bibliographies of interest to nature printers.

Society sponsored the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibit of nature prints, "Pressed On Paper", which toured the US, Canada and Australia from 1981 to 1987.

• Original Poster for the Smithsonian exhibit
Press release and itinerary for the Smithsonian exhibit
•Also see the article from the California Academy of Science museum magazine for this exhibition

The NPS was also a cosponsor for the "Impressions of Nature" Exhibit, 2000-2001, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA. (www.sbnature.org)

The NPS is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. As such, donations to the NPS are deductible to the extent permitted by IRS regulations. Gifts to the NPS help it to achieve its goal of nature printing support and education. Information about making a donation to the Nature Printing Society can be found here.