Nature Poetry: May 2020 Contest Entries & Winners

Posted by Erika Jensen, Development Coordinator

This last May, we challenged Carpenter Nature Center online audiences to send us their nature themed writings for a spring poetry contest. Any style of poetry was welcome, as long as it did not exceed 300 words.

We had some really fantastic entries, with a diverse array of poetry styles and topics. Some of the compositions were very reflective of the times we are currently living in, while others showcased children’s perspective on the natural world.

The winners were chosen by CNC staff in an anonymous vote. All of the entries were a delight to read, and it was very difficult for us to pick just a couple of winners. We hope you all remain inspired to express your love of the outdoors through creative mediums!

A big THANK YOU to all of our participants, and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Adult Age Bracket Participants (age 15+)

First Place: Requiem for a Marsh by Linda Whyte

Runner-Up: We Notice by Ann Gentry

Honorable Mention: Bird’s Song by Valerie Magnuson

Honorable Mention: The Summer Plan by Dale Gentry

Youth Age Bracket Participants

First Place: My Environment by Anonymous

Runner-Up: Nature by Mark Gentry

Honorable Mention: Seasons by Cora Gentry

Honorable Mention: The Outdoors by Philip Gentry