Using Artistic Expression in the Study of Watersheds: Creation of Wisconsin River of Words
Pardee, Mary E.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
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River of Words (ROW) is an international art and poetry program created to promote literacy and environmental awareness. Through resources for educators and an annual K-12 art and poetry contest on the theme of "watersheds," ROW encourages educators and youth to investigate their natural surroundings and express their experiences, thoughts and feelings through art and poetry. In this project, I created a "Wisconsinized" version of ROW. By contacting ROW programs in other states, possible program components were explored. I conducted professional development workshops for educators, and with feedback from participants developed a Wisconsin ROW Educators' Guide. In addition, Wisconsin ROW was marketed to various groups in the state. This project is part of a comprehensive development of Wisconsin ROW being undertaken by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.