Young Environmental Writers Workshop

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quote for webpageFrom the writings of Henry David Thoreau in 1845 to environmental author Bill McKibben’s work today, environmental writers have influenced not only how we view nature but the course of American history. Environmental writers like Rachel Carson prompted the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and created a movement that resulted in social change and legislative action to protect the environment. Conservation Montgomery sponsors the Young Environmental Writers Workshop (YEWW) project to provide high school students with an overview of environmental writing and to expose them to the simplest aspects of nature. The workshop explores different types of environmental writing: news writing, news features, editorial or opinion writing, poetry and environmental fiction.Styles of environmental writing are discussed as valuable tools that often persuade the public to change their behavior or perhaps support worthwhile environmental legislation. We engage students by hosting field trips to explore Montgomery County parks, providing an interpretive tour with Conservation Montgomery board members and partner organizations. Students are provided with a notebook and pen and asked to write about their observations of nature. Completed projects from this workshop are then published on the Conservation Montgomery website or in our online newsletter.

Individual workshops are held after school with class instruction by teachers from the Montgomery County Public Schools system. To date, Conservation Montgomery has worked with students and an English teacher and outdoor enthusiast from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. We hope to expand YEWW in coming years. The project was funded in its initial stages by a grant from the Ohio-based Green Shanny Foundation. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a workshop, please contact Conservation Montgomery at the email address below.

GSFoundationInterested in bringing YEWW to your school or community?

Please e-mail us at and note YEWW in the subject line.

View previously published work from students at this link.

An introduction to YEWW. Why write about the environment?
How Writers Created the Environmental Movement: An interview with environmental author Bill McKibben
For Students
Examples of different types of environmental writing


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