Kids’ writing contest explores local, natural world

Kids in the Upper Arkansas Valley tend to be pretty outdoorsy, riding bikes to school, skiing at Monarch in winter, playing in the river’s play holes in summer and messing around at local parks. This time spent outdoors primes them to be our up-and-coming environmental stewards. If kids love this beautiful area, they will likely protect it.

To stoke these feelings, the Land Trust wants kids to write about their experiences outdoors. Middle- and high-school students are invited to participate in a writing contest as part of Voices of the Valley, a literary event to raise awareness about our conservation work. Students are asked to submit essays, poems or haikus inspired by the wildlife, natural landscape and water resources where locals live and play.

Selected winners will read their works with local literary luminaries at the Book Haven, 135 North F St., Salida, on Wed., March 19, 7 p.m. The glory of reading at this Land Trust event is the real prize but winners will receive T-shirts and hats.

The writing can be any length but must be read aloud in less than five minutes. The deadline is Thurs., Feb. 27. All submissions must be in the Land Trust office no later than 4:30 p.m. to be considered. No exceptions. Students must send two copies of their typed, printed work, one copy without a name, to:

Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas
Attn: Ann Marie Swan, literary contest
P.O. Box 942
Salida, CO 81201

Contestants must list their school and contact information, including an email address and phone number. For questions, (719) 539-7700 or