U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 353
Young people and the environment – a River of Words
A special treat at the recent California Biodiversity Council's Children in Nature meeting was a poetry reading by Maggie Gallagher, 12, from Berkeley, winner of the 2008 River of Words grand prize. Maggie's poem was selected as the winner in the annual international poetry and art contest for youth sponsored by the California non-profit group River of Words, in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The poem, entitled, "To Speak with the Dead" is reprinted below with permission, along with two others read at the Council meeting.
River of Words is an educational non-profit organization that promotes environmental literacy and watershed awareness through the arts and cultural exchange. Through its workshops, curriculum materials, exhibitions and publications, the group encourages students around the world to explore their own communities and imaginations—weaving in natural and cultural history—and then to synthesize what they've learned and observed into line and verse. They operate the Young at Art Gallery in Berkeley, one of the first galleries in the country devoted exclusively to children’s art from around the world. River of Words works with many partners, including East Bay Municipal Utility District, Parks Conservancy, and the US Environmental Protection Agency and Girl Scouts of America, with whom they created two Girl Scout patches: the Waterdrop Patch and the Watershed Patch.
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