CEL Resources for Educators
Watershed Explorer Curriculum
Incorporates language skills, art, science, history, and culture into activities and exercises for kindergarten through high-school students. Select activities from the Watershed Explorer Curriculum are available on our website.
Save the Bay's San Francisco Bay Watershed Curriculum
This is a marvelous resource provided by Save the Bay for educators and students living, working, learning, and exploring in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Environmental Resources for Educators
A variety of resources we've compiled that may help educators build lesson plans and engage students in the art and poetry of place.
River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things: A Poetry Writing Guide
This full-color, 75-page guide helps students get beyond impediments to creativity and expression. Developed by Louisiana teachers Connie McDonald and Harriet Maher, in conjunction with River of Words and Milkweed Editions. Hit the button below for the PDF!
Select activities from the Poetry Writing Guide are also available here on our website.
Resources for Affordable Art Supplies
Purchasing from brick and mortar specialty stores like Michaels' can be convenient, but it's often not the most economical option. Online catalogues operate more slowly, but ordering supplies in bulk for a class can help stretch a budget further. Here are some options to consider for purchasing art supplies:
- Cheap Joe's Art Stuff - solid quality art supplies
- Dick Blick - especially good for markers, basic brushes, etc.
- MisterArt - includes specialty section dedicated to supplies for children's art
Thrift stores and second-hand art supply stores can also be helpful; general thrift stores sometimes have basic supplies like acrylic paints at deep discounts, and dedicated second-hand art supply stores often have gently used tools on hand. Local to River of Words in California's East Bay Area is The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. There may be a similar resource in your area!
The ROW Regional Coordinator Starter Kit
If you wish to sponsor your own River of Words contest in your area or you intend to participate as a group in the national River of Words contest, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your ROW Regional Coordinator Starter Kit and ROW Affiliation Agreement Form. The Starter Kit has lots of useful information and resources to get you up and running.
Saint Mary’s retains all rights, title, and interest in the River of Words curriculum, logo, and materials and unless an entity has entered into a formal Affiliation Agreement with River of Words the use of any River of Words logo or materials is prohibited. Upon formation of a formal affiliation with River of Words, the Affiliate will be granted a nonexclusive license to use such logos and materials only in connection with the River of Words Program and Contests.
Learn more about how you can explore your environment and creativity through these resources.
Advice from Robert Haas
Get art & poetry tips from the 1995-1997 Poet Laureate of the United States, Bob Haas.
Writing Activities and Art Activities
GRAB YOUR PENCILS AND SKETCH PAD, IT'S TIME TO GO OUTSIDE AND CREATE!
Get inspired! Explore a variety of writing and art activities made to support students and their writing!
River of Words Spotlights
River of Words Spotlights highlight students whose art and poetry has been selected for publication in the River of Words Anthology, as well as teachers who have received or been nominated for the River of Words / Kalmanovitz School of Education Teacher of the Year Award.
Teachers of the Year
River of Words and the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California honor the exceptional educators who teach the Watershed Curriculum, help make the annual anthology possible, and endeavor to foster a love of nature and art of place in students of all backgrounds and ability levels.