Community Haiku Challenge – for our first anniversary poetry garden

Support G E C
Write a poem for our garden
You could win a prize!

Dear Friends,

One year ago, the GEC announced a series of new nature play programs. We’re taking a reflective pause to look back on how the community has responded, to celebrate with a little poetry, and to THANK YOU!

Thank you to each of you who came with your family to a program, signed up your children for nature-based enrichment, toddled together with us in the Pinetum with the Mushrooms, and supported us with your membership.  We have learned a lot together this first year, and we’re grateful you were a part of it. Thank you to the 26 teachers who welcomed our programs into your classroom, for providing over 520 students the opportunity to nurture a lettuce plant in our first annual Green Schools Lettuce Challenge.  Take a minute to look at some of our local media coverage.

Greenwich Free Press, Leslie Yager, Winning Big in the Lettuce Challenge at Garden Education Center
Greenwich Free Press, Leslie Yager, Winning Big in the Lettuce Challenge at Garden Education Center

To make this first anniversary celebration even more fun, and as an introduction to an exciting Spring Announcement (stay tuned!), we’re sponsoring a poetry challenge.  To register, simply purchase a $10 April Nature Play ticket here:  and enter your haiku in the comments.  We’ll enter your poem in our poetry garden, your entry fee will go to support the GEC in our mission to promote conservation, horticulture, and the arts, and your poem could be a winner!  See below for details:

Poetry Garden 2015 Challenge

haiku format:  example
Lettuce grow outside [5 syllables]
Sun, Soil, Water, and Fresh Air [7 syllables]
Take a risk, each Spring [5 syllables]

theme:  playing and growing outside

$50 cash prizes are awarded in three categories: 
please indicate poet’s name and age in the comments
Sprouts:  ages 3-7,
Seedlings:  ages 8-11,
Pollinators:  ages 12-17

entry deadline:  May 8, 2015 8pm

winners will be announced: at May Third Sunday Family Workshop, May 17, 2015 2:00 pm.  Judges will award points based on creativity, use of descriptive vocabulary, and relevance to the theme.

Need some inspiration?  Come to May Market! We’re providing a kids’ coloring and poetry table. Our scavenger hunt in the PInetum will give you clues to playful poems in the Pinetum, and you can use your bonus magnifying glass to look closely at what is growing in the plant sale.


Ms. D

Coming up:  Nature Play with the Family 

May:  Plantable paper for our pollinators, fairies and gnomes, and we’ll see you at the May Market!  (now requiring pre-registration for Third Sunday family workshops at 2 & 3 pm)

June:  mud pies, compost tea, paper airplanes, and mapmaking for Father’s Day, and Sprouts Summer Enrichment!

If you aren’t already a member, we also hope you’ll consider becoming one, or donating to our annual appeal at  To volunteer email, youth . director


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