River of Words Poetry Trail Celebrates Nature-Inspired Poetry

Following the success of last year’s inaugural River of Words Poetry Trail, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is pleased to announce partnerships with the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Cold Spring and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall to bring trails to both sides of the Hudson River. The River of Words Poetry Trail is a series of unique, temporary installations celebrating the nature-inspired poetry of local students winding through natural settings.

River of Words Poetry Image courtesy of HHLT
River of Words Poetry
Image courtesy of HHLT

Works were selected by award-winning poet and HHLT educator Irene O’Garden to represent the hundreds of poems created by students from public schools in the Land Trust’s mission area during HHLT’s free Regional River of Words (ROW) environmental education workshops throughout the 2012-13 school year. Each Poetry Trail will feature a different set of eight poems, written by children from both sides of the river.

The self-guided tour of the HHLT Poetry Trail at Constitution Marsh is free and open to the public, and will be available to explore from dawn to dusk, Aug. 23, to Sept. 15. Details on the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Poetry Trail installation will be available closer to its opening in October.

The Poetry Trails have been made available through a generous grant from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.