Once you write your Haiku with Ranger Chris from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, continue to “spark” your writing via poetry writing prompts developed by National Park Service Rangers and educator colleagues from across the country. Don’t forget to share your creation using the hashtag #writeout.

Found-on-the-Trail Poetry

Join high school teacher Rich Novack as he walks along a local trail in his community and finds materials to create a Found Poetry or “Found-On-The-Trail Poetry.”

A Poetry Challenge: Nicodemus KS

Join Ranger LueCreasea Horne from the Nicodemus National Historic Site in Kansas for a poetry challenge; write a poem based on where you live, like this anonymous Nicodemus Poet did in 1905.

Community Park Haiku

Join elementary teacher Willeena Booker as she writes a haiku inspired by the native plants in a community park in Pennsylvania.

A Poetry Challenge: Boston MA

A poetry challenge from the Boston National Historical Park/Boston African American National Historic Site inspired by Phillis Wheatley, the first Black poet published in America.

Imagine Our Parks with Poems

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, the Academy of American Poets commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. Imagine Our Parks with Poems is the result!

Looking for more poetry ideas? Check out these Poetry-powered Prompts for Writing Outside! (coming soon)