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2023 World Environment Day – POEM FOREST Workshop (Secondary) (Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6)

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 Wollongong Botanic Gardens, 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’ve planted 10,700+ poem trees in the last two years!

This workshop celebrates World Environment Day with celebrated YA author and POEM FOREST commissioned poet Helena Fox to guide 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, 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 great digital literacy task.

Learn more about Red Room Poetry.


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Red Room Poetry


About our host:

Helena Fox lives by the ocean on Dharawal country in Wollongong, New South Wales. A novelist, poet and creative writing mentor, Helena runs writing workshops for people of all ages. Helena’s debut novel, How It Feels To Float, won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Writing for Young Adults in 2020. Her second novel, arriving early 2023, is called The Quiet and the Loud. Her poetry has been published by Red Room Poetry and in Admissions, an anthology of writing on mental health. Helena received her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, USA. Her poem ‘Elegy for a living sea was commissioned for the 2023 POEM FOREST Prize.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 01-May-2024 02:00PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


1 Hour





Syllabus Outcomes


Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand


Other KLAs

Creative Arts » Visual Arts

Science and Tech

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 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/projects/poem-forest/

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