In her book The Sense of Wonder, Rachel Carson used lyrical passages about the beauty of nature and the joy of helping children develop a sense of its wonder, of curiosity, and love of nature. It was published posthumously and illustrated with wonderful nature photography. In it Ms. Carson wrote that she would endow every child with “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” However, “if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
Seven years ago, the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder contest began with the hope that it would inspire all generations—young, old, and middle aged—to join creative forces and in their own words describe a corner of the natural world that embodies a sense of wonder.
Let Rachel Carson’s words inspire you.
The U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, Rachel Carson Council, Inc., the Legacy Project and the National Center for Creative Aging announce The 7th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest, a poetry, essay, photo, dance and songwriting contest. Entries must be from an intergenerational team of two or more persons that are not the same age– a young person and an older person. The entry should express your sense of wonder about capturing the essence of the natural environment –the sea, streams, the mountains and prairies, a sunrise or moonlight, flowers, leaves, wildlife in its habitat.
Your team should share your love for nature through a creative project that tells a story about our precious earth. Capture what you hear, see, feel and taste as you explore and study the natural beauty. Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions with and reflections about the sense of wonder of the natural environment.
For more on the contest visit: http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/
The deadline for entries is June 10, 2013.