AMV’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone is on the search for an endangered species: children who spend time in nature and are willing to write about it.
Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods makes the case that a beautiful, ages old relationship is on the rocks: children and nature have fallen out of love. Say it isn’t so. There must be some kids still getting out there, developing lightning-fast reflexes from chasing lizards, solving the whole-body puzzle of climbing a tree, honing their future driving skills by walking on logs across creeks, etc.
It’s in the hope that nature children still exist somewhere that Wilderness Interface Zone is issuing a call for nature poems and short essays written by children. The works may address any aspect of nature and the child’s relationship to it. Poems should be 50 lines or under and essays 150-1000 words. If you have a budding nature photojournalist in your family, we’ll consider posting his or her photos. Children ages 6-18 are invited to submit work to firstname.lastname@example.org from July 6, 2010 to July 31, 2010. Depending on how many submissions we get, we’ll post them in batches off and on July-August. Parents and kids: Please review submission guidelines here before submitting.