Poetry of Nature

Poetry of Nature


9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250 per class

Grades 6 – 12

Limited to 24 students

(bring a bag lunch)


Place: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Road, Whitsett, NC


If you would like to register for a Poetry of Nature program, you may reserve a date through our online system by clicking here.


Within 24 hours of receiving your request, we will send you an email with instructions for sending in a $50 deposit, which is required to confirm your reservation. The deposit is due within 14 days of your reservation request.


“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things”

~ Mary Oliver


Poetry is a language of deep seeing that reveals dimensions of the world inaccessible to discursive thought, and so it is to poetry that we turn for our programs for middle school and high school students. Our Poetry of Nature program is a passage through three landscapes in the natural world where students listen to a poem, are asked to be fully present to the place, the moment and the feelings and images that arise within them. At each site, students are invited to find a solo spot, enter into a practice of presence, and record their inner experiences through guided writing practices. The poems and landscapes are carefully chosen to resonate with one another. The day culminates in a poetry reading after lunch where each contribution is deeply connected to the student’s experience in nature and to his/her inner life. The students read poems, ask questions, and share reflections on the day and on their sense of belonging to the natural world. This program taps a deep wellspring within young adults that rarely is accessed at school.


We are happy to adapt this program to the differing developmental needs of students in grades 6-12.


We depend on the natural world in all its radiance to awaken in us our most precious intellectual, aesthetic, and emotional experiences.


~ Thomas Berry The Sacred Universe