Art and Poetry Focus on the Ozarks Landscape
142 art pieces, 23 poems, and 31 illustrated poems were entered. Local judges evaluated the entries within age groups. Participating schools in the 2007 contest are as follows: Wilder Elementary School, Mansfield, teacher Tammy Bennett; West Plains Elementary School, teacher Kathy Grigsby; Ava R-1 Schools, teacher Karen Davis; Mountain Grove Elementary, teacher Donita Prock.
The Missouri Ozarks Heritage Regional River of Words Contest is a student contest for art and poetry that reflects our unique landscape and ecology: our waterways and hillsides, our plants and animals, our caves and springs.
The Bryant Watershed Education Project, an educational nonprofit, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, sponsors this regional contest, now in its fourth year. Our Project is dedicated to bringing all the beauty and complexity of the Ozarks landscape and culture alive for young people. This contest is designed to help them explore the natural history of their homeplace and then to creatively express what they learn.
Young people aged 5-19 living in Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Douglas, Wright, Shannon and Texas counties are eligible. Entries may come from groups such as classes, 4-H clubs, Sunday Schools, or from individuals. Home schooled students are particularly welcomed to participate. The contest has three categories - Art, Poetry, and Illustrated Poetry, and is judged in four age groupings. See the Contest Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Teachers: We offer a variety of standards-correlated lesson plans to get you started, from writing nature haiku to drawing trees. There's also samples of work by local artists and poets, and the galleries of contest winners from previous years.
In 2006 there were 319 entries from seven schools; the age groups were: K-2 grades, 82 entries; 3-6 grades,140; 7-9 grades, 87. In the Art category, there were 141 entries; for Illustrated Poetry, 82; for Poetry, 88.
This is the Web site of the Bryant Watershed
Education Project, based in West Plains, Missouri. Our site is a toolkit
for exploring the Bryant Creek, North Fork, Eleven Point and Upper
Spring watersheds in the southern Missouri Ozarks.