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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

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Water Education Colorado

2005 River of Words Award Winners

The River of Words contest is an annual environmental poetry contest for children ages 5 through 19. The contest endeavors to promote literacy in the classroom, and to train teachers how to integrate the arts into core curriculum subjects.

In 2004, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education with a grant from the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities and several private donors, developed on online course called Teaching the Poetry of Rivers to support the contest. This interactive course platform provides K-12 teachers with resources and lesson plans integrating humanities instruction (critical thinking, comparative literature), science-based water resource activities, and advancement of literacy through creation of original poetry. Dr. Kathryn Winograd with Arapahoe Community College authored the curriculum.

Since the course became available in Fall 2004, the annual number of River of Words contest entries has surged from around 200 to more than 600.

If you would like to participate in this free online course, contact Karla Brown at (303)377-4433 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Booklets showcasing all recipients of the 2005 Children's Literary Awards can be obtained through its sponsors, the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities and the Colorado Center for the Book at (303)894-7951.


A Sample of Winners Selected by Contest Judge Kathryn Winograd

From My Boat
From my boat,
I like the night.
I do not think
the moon
is the moon.
I think the moon is
a mantaray.
The stars and fish
swim in the
black water.

John Davies-Schley
Polaris Program at Ebert Elementary School, Grade 2
Denver, CO
National Grand Prize Winner
Teacher: Linda Keller

The coyote's footprints
are like snow glowing
in the sky with
the silk moon.
The coyote's eyes
are like the stars
shining their bright,
peach light.

Noah Jones
Polaris Program at Ebert Elementary, Grade 2
Denver, CO
First Place
Teacher: Linda Keller

The Sky
The animals running,
the creeks with shining water,
a couple with their new baby and
my partner, the sun
shining with me.
I am the sky that never
moves from his old place

Translated by Raul Montañez
College View Elementary School, Grade 3
Denver, CO
National Finalist
Teacher: Ann Stiles

Sea of Happiness
Swaying green palm trees
Dancing in the wind.
Sweet seafoam coral blotched water
Trickling down the smooth gray rocks.
Sand, hot and damp, squishing through my toes
Splashing waves,
They've returned from their journey at sea
Cool Hawaiian breezes losing me in a sea
Of color and happiness
Small clumsy orange crabs
Scampering along the soft sand
Smooth green turtles swaying on the
Passing waves.

Caitlin Gallagher
Campus Middle School, Grade 6
Englewood, CO
Second Place
Teacher: Cathy Walker

Bayou Haiku
Evening draped its veil
On the water's soft canvas
(In the tangerine
Evening) it's almost
Like a whole different realm
(In the tangerine
Evening) the bug's chirp
In their soft low tenor voice
(In the tangerine
Evening) in the bog
The bugs are singing to us
(In the tangerine
Evening) they tell us
As the trees cast their shadows
(In the tangerine
Evening) on the swamp
See the dense green reflection
(In the tangerine
Evening) of the forest
Wrapped its shroud over the swamp
(In the tangerine
Evening) everything
Is so green, and so murky
(In the tangerine
Evening) the foliage
Painted the water emerald
(In the tangerine
Evening) the sun
Tinted the sky an orange
In the tangerine

Ethan Robertson
Grade 8
Littleton, CO
First Place
Independent Submission

A Pebble
A pebble sits at
the bottom of a
river. So small
no one even knows
it's there. Hidden
under another
But slowly as the
river dries the
pebble moves closer
to the surface. Now
the river is gone
and the pebble is
at the top for
every one to see.
But still the pebble
is not seen. As
people walk by no
one even notices
the ditch that was
once a beautiful
river, or the pebble
in its place.

Emma Weinstein
Gardner School, Grade 6
Gardner, CO
Third Place
Teacher: Liz Schneider

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