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2022 World Environment Day – POEM FOREST Workshop (Primary) (Stage 2, Stage 3)

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 workshop celebrates World Environment Day with poet, illustrator & permaculture educator, Brenna Quinlan who guides primary 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.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Welcome to the POEM FOREST with Red Room Poetry
  • Poem reading, illustration techniques and nature writing prompts with Brenna Quinlan
  • Some time to write your own nature poem!

The workshop was recorded live on 31st May 2022, so some questions or activities are guided towards the live audience.

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

See more of Brenna’s work.
Learn more about Red Room Poetry.


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Red Room Poetry


About our host:

Brenna Quinlan is an illustrator and educator who strives to make the world a better place through her art and her actions. She has ridden a bicycle across the Americas, taught permaculture in Brasil, Chile and Argentina, and lived for four years at Melliodora, the permaculture demonstration site created by permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett in Central Victoria, Australia.

As an illustrator, Brenna has worked with the Australian Red Cross, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, Plan International, Milkwood Permaculture, the Bob Brown Foundation, CSIRO and Costa Georgiadis, among others.

As an educator, Brenna has taught alongside the biggest names in permaculture, including Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Dan Palmer, and Hannah Moloney.

She co-runs Grow Do It Permaculture Education, a project focused on bringing climate solutions to kids (and their grown ups) through art, music and creativity.

Brenna is currently building her own strawbale house out of reclaimed materials in Western Australia on Noongar boodja.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 01-Apr-2023 02:15PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


45 Minutes





Syllabus Outcomes


Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

English » Making meaning through responding and composing » Writing and Representing

Other KLAs

Creative Arts » Visual Arts » Making (Visual Arts)

Science and Tech » Working Scientifically and Design and Production » Living World

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.

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

Internet access
Own device
Writing equipment – pencil and paper for drawing and writing

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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