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Winners Do Wonders at Exploring Nature’s Beauty

Release Date: 10/23/2008
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 /

(10/23/08) An essay, poem and photo are among the winners of this year’s Rachel Carson Contest. The second annual intergenerational contest reflects Carson’s efforts through her writings to have adults share with children a sense of wonder about nature and help them discover its joys.

The winners include an essay titled “The Nest,” a poem called “The Tide is Dead” for mixed media poetry, and a photo named “Wiggley, Wiggley Worm.”

More than 140 individuals working in teams explored the natural world to create their intergenerational projects. Finalists in each category were selected by an intergenerational team of judges. The public selected the winners by voting for their favorite photos, poems and essays on EPA’s Aging Initiative Web site. More than 1,500 individuals from all over the country and world cast their ballots for the winners.

The contest was sponsored by EPA, Generations United and the Rachel Carson Council Inc. Carson is considered the founder of the contemporary environmental movement.

The winning entries: