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2022 Threatened Species Day – POEM FOREST Secondary Workshop (Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6, Teacher)

On Demand

POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that invites students and teachers to use words to make positive climate action.


Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, POEM FOREST deepens our connection and breathes life back into the world that sustains us. For every nature poem received a tree is planted to help heal endangered habitats. We planted 5,000+ poem trees in 2021!

This recording of our Threatened Species Day workshop with Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician Luke Patterson guides secondary students through writing activities from our curriculum-aligned learning resource to help craft nature poems and enrich learning outcomes across sustainability, First Nations cultures & histories, English & Science.

All POEM FOREST Prize entries will be published and in the running for $5,000 worth of prizes, including $500 cash for each category, book packs, Garden tours, seeds and more! Entries close 23 September 2022.


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Red Room Poetry


Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, RabbitRunning Dog and The Suburban Review. He has also featured in the anthologies Active AestheticsFirefront: first nation’s poetry and power today and Best of Australian Poems 2021. Luke is currently a Wheeler Center Next Chapter fellow and Sydney Review of Books Juncture fellow for 2022. His research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 12-Sep-2023 05:00PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


1 Hour





Syllabus Outcomes


Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand


Other KLAs

Creative Arts » Visual Arts

Science and Tech

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Requirements: Technology, Materials and Pre and Post event requirements.

Internet access
Writing equipment – pen and paper or device

Pre and Post Event:
Among other prize categories, a Threatened Species Prize (F-12) will be awarded to the best poem written in response to Australia’s threatened species. If students wish to be considered for this prize category, they should choose their threatened species in advance. See the list of threatened flora, fauna and ecological communities.

We also invite you to download our free curriculum-aligned learning resource, to explore the POEM FOREST Prize. If possible, allow time after the workshop to complete and edit your poems. You can find an editing checklist on page 23 of the learning resource. When students are happy with their final poems, help students to submit to the prize using our digital Entry Form. This can be a fun digital literacy task. Entries close 23 Sept, 2022.

More Information About This Event

Teachers should allow additional class time to edit and submit poems to the POEM FOREST prize via our digital entry form. This can be a fun digital literacy task.
2022 entries close Friday 23 September.

Technical enquiries or questions about the booking process should be directed to DART Learning:

Helpdesk: 1800 824 737 (NSW only)

Email: [email protected]

Presenter Bio

Red Room Poetry (RR) is Australia’s leading organisation for commissioning, creating, publishing and promoting poetry in meaningful ways. Our poetic projects are created in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, communities and partners for positive impact in core areas of environment, amplification, First Nations, youth and marginalised voices. We aim to make poetry highly visible, vibrant, relevant and accessible, especially to those who face the greatest barriers to creative opportunities.

Optional Further Learning

Our curriculum-aligned POEM FOREST Learning Resource is designed to support students and teachers to find inspiration before composing nature poems. It is packed with poems, creative activities and case studies that enrich outcomes across sustainability, First Nations cultures and histories, English and Science.

Allow class time after the workshop to complete and edit your poems. You can find an editing checklist on page 23 of the learning resource. When students are happy with their final poems, help students to submit to the prize using our digital Entry Form. This can be a fun digital literacy task.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Red Room Poetry

Phone: 02 9319 5090

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.redroompoetry.org

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