Watershed Poetry

Oldenburg Brewster River

Painting by Carol Oldenburg

Watershed Poetry enrichment course focuses on learning about the importance of Vermont’s watersheds through hands-on activities and poetry. Over the course of several weeks, students study a local body of water by participating in water experiments, observations, and demonstrations and by reading, discussing, and writing poems about water. Areas of study within the course include human’s interaction with a particular body of water, the nature that the body of water supports, and important elements needed in order to create sustainable water communities. Students extend their learning through rich discussions of poetry that speak to the many facets of the importance of water in our lives.

Students also discuss potential information and poetry to post on permanent signage which will inform the public about the specific body of water. The signage will highlight the importance of water conservation and community sustainability through the integration of information and poetry, and will include both student-generated and published poetry.

The signage will be designed during the winter following the course, and erected in the spring.

Local body of water for the 2016 course:

BREWSTER RIVER, JEFFERSONVILLE, VERMONT

Project Partners:

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CAMBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL
CAMBRDIGE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
VERMONT BOOK STORE
SUE AND JEFF DINITZ

Interested in Watershed Poetry coming to your school? Contact Tamra at sundogpoetry@gmail.com.