At Ease: Art and Nature for Veterans is an innovative approach to empower military veterans’ wellbeing by connecting them to nature and the arts. Research shows that time in nature reduces stress and improves mental disorders that afflict veterans, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Developed by Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in suburban Chicago, the program provides regular art workshops with a professional artist in collaboration with recreational therapists. At each 3-hour session, approximately 15-20 veterans participate in the three-part day. Professional artists teach skills such as macrophotography, color theory and music. The class ventures outside to practice their technique while exploring Ryerson Woods’ plants, wildlife, and 6.5 miles of trails. The day concludes with a group discussion that positively affirms each person’s work. Top pieces are featured in an annual holiday exhibition, attended by veterans and their families. This workshop tells the story of the At Ease program as a way to share best practices for engaging diverse populations of veterans and to share methods for using art to invite people to connect with land and open space. We will also explore strategies for identifying and partnering with federal and local agencies and nonprofit organizations in other sectors in order to share resources and expand impactful programs throughout regions and landscapes.