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"I have seen River of Words transform a class of disengaged students into a group excited to learn about the environment and art. This program shapes the physical and personal environment of everyone who participates!"

— Jilian Hishaw, Missouri Regional Coordinator
Events

Holiday Sale of African Baskets and Crafts—

Fair Trade Friday/Center for Environmental Literacy Sale
Friday, December 2
9am—12pm
Saint Mary’s College (Korth Arcade, next to Chapel)
Moraga, California
http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/fair-trade-friday-african-basket-sale


Saint Mary’s Center for Environmental Literacy will be joining the Fair Trade Friday folks to offer a remarkable array of baskets and other handcrafts from Zimbabwe. Exquisite Tonga baskets, beaded animals, tree ornaments, jewelry, carvings, hand-painted gift tags and more. Sales benefit The Center for Environmental Literacy.


Environmental Education Conference—

35th Annual BAEER Fair (Bay Area Environmental Educators Resource Fair)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
10a,m—4:30pm
Marin Civic Center
San Rafael, California
http://www.baeerfair.org/


Come visit the River of Words booth and discover the latest in classroom materials, environmental education programs, and field trip sites. Join in the fun and attend workshops introducing conservation and wildlife education, school gardens, and strategies for fostering environmental awareness!
The event is specially designed for teachers, community educators, students, families, and all concerned about the environment we share.

Exhibition of Children's Art from Around the World

The Natural World as Seen Through the Eyes of its Children: A Retrospective (and Introspective) Exhibition from the River of Words Collection
April 1—April 30, 2012
Saint Mary's College Library
Moraga, California
Open 7 days a week
http://library.stmarys-ca.edu

Saint Mary's College Library Celebrates Earth Day and National Poetry Month with an exhibit of extraordinary art and poetry from the planet's children and youth. Selected pieces from the River of Words Collection—the world's largest collection of children's art, which now resides at Saint Mary's College—will be on display in the Library throughout the month.


Children’s Art Exhibition—

A Special Showing of the Winning Artwork from the 2012 River of Words Contest
April 15, 2012—June 10, 2012
Sunday-Wednesday, 11am—4:30pm
Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art
Moraga, California

http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/saint-marys-college-museum-of-art

An astounding exhibit of children’s art from around the world, from the environmentally-themed contest, which was created by River of Words, the newest member of the Saint Mary’s family, and a program of the newly-founded Center for Environmental Literacy at SMC’s Kalmanovitz School of Education.

Celebrating National Poetry Month, Earth Day, and Youth Creativity! (East Coast)—

16th Annual River of Words 2012 Awards Ceremony
Emceed by former US Poet Laureate & River of Words co-founder Robert Hass
Monday, April 23, 2012
7pm
The Library of Congress
Jefferson Building
Washington, DC

http://www.read.gov/cfb

The Center for the Book at The Library of Congress and the Center for Environmental Literacy at Saint Mary’s College invite you to join the national and international winners and finalists of the 2012 River of Words Youth Environmental Poetry & Art Contest for a grand celebration of poetry and art of the natural world. Young poets will read their winning works and receive their awards. The River of Words 2012 Teacher of the Year will also be honored. The winning art will also be on display at the Library as well. Emceed by Robert Hass.


Celebrating National Poetry Month, Earth Day, and Youth Creativity! (West Coast)—

16th Annual River of Words 2012 Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 28, 2012
2pm
Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College
Moraga, California

http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy


The Center for Environmental Literacy at Saint Mary’s College invites you to join the California winners and finalists of the 2012 River of Words Youth Environmental Poetry & Art Contest for a grand celebration of poetry and art of the natural world. Young poets will read their winning works and receive their awards. The winning art will also be on display at the New Galleries of Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, just across the street from the Soda Center ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

GARTER SNAKE
Julia Christensen, age 13
He is a rope of darkness
Against rain-streaked grass
Green scales the color of ivy

[Read the full poem]