2023 Reflections on Nature Student Poetry Contest

Calling All Poets! Entries Welcome for 2023 Reflections on Nature Poetry Contest

Theme: “Born to Be Wild”

Last year, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth. In honor of this milestone and Olmsted’s enduring influence on the American landscape, we’ve selected a special theme for this year’s poetry contest: “Born to Be Wild.” Students in grades 1-12 are invited to spend time in nature, including Riverside’s national landmark landscape, and to reflect upon what it means to be “Born to Be Wild” and incorporate those ideas into their poems.

Explore this theme by heading outside and enjoying nature! Stroll along the riverbanks, spend time in parks and green spaces. Look slow. Listen long. Observe, reflect, and share. Original poems of any style or length exploring the theme are welcome.

The Olmsted Society will award 1st place winners:

$100 in the High School division
$50 in the Junior High division (grades 6-8)
$25 at each grade level 1-5

2023 Reflections Poetry Contest Entry Form

The contest is open April 1-April 30. For entry form see: Poetry Contest Entry Grades 1-12 Entries are due April 30 via e-mail to gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@tsetnocyrteop for students in grades 1-12.

We look forward to reading your inspired poems!