What We Do

River of Words provides tools for teaching environmental literacy — the understanding of the natural world around us — to children, teens, and teachers through art and poetry.

Our curriculum, youth poetry and art publications, and recognition opportunities for young people nurture creativity and critical thinking.

Our multidisciplinary, place-based curricula — Watershed Explorer and One Square Block — improve literacy, enhance investigation and critical thinking, and nurture creativity.

Our free, annual, international youth poetry and art contest — the largest in the world — inspires children ages 5 to 19 to translate their observations into creative expression. Other River of Words successes include training workshops, traveling exhibits, community partnerships, creek clean-ups and restorations, and two Girl Scouts patches — the Watershed and Waterdrop, developed in conjunction with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.