Picturesque Poems: A Hike and a Haiku! Saturday, March 25, 1:00 PM at the Florissant Fossil Beds Visitors Center
Learn to write poems about fossils!
Join Volunteer Interpretive Park Ranger Steven Veatch for a unique program combining poetry and nature from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM at the visitor center. The program will begin in the visitor center with a short program on poetry writing techniques. Participants will then explore the Monument on a nature hike (less than 1 mile) where they will experience the Monument and collect “picturesque” words for a writer’s notebook. The program will explore language and learn how poetry is connected to our everyday lives. Participants can make and compose original three-line haiku poems using word collections, or you can just enjoy the experience of early spring and notice the changes in the environment and make observations. This is a chance to immerse yourself in a natural setting and release the boundless energy of creativity that is inside you in a fun and supportive setting. The goal is to expand our boundaries as writers. A writer’s notebook will be provided for all participants. Bring your favorite pen or pencil and warm clothing to be outdoors. Be inspired by this one-of-a-kind experience at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Admission for the program is the regular park entrance fee, which is $5 per adult (16 years and older); children and federal pass holders are free. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: www.nps.gov/flfo or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS
Steven Veatch has authored short stories, poetry, essays, literary criticism, book reviews, science articles, books, and professional papers and has published over 150 articles on nature and science. He is a regular at an annual writer’s retreat held in the woods of northern Michigan at the Interlochen College of Creative Arts