Gathered to support #WriteOut 2019, we hope these resources prompt some ideas and entry points into exploring, creating and connecting. We welcome additional resource recommendations; please post them to social media with the #WriteOut hashtag or email us directly at

Participating & Connecting

Crowdsourced! Meet Up to #WriteOut
Join the National Parks Service and the National Writing Project in person for #WriteOut Events in your area. Check the list below to see what’s happening across the county from October 13-October 27. Don’t see one nearby? Consider adding your own event.

Connect and Share
Wondering how to share what you create as you #WriteOut? These platforms and a spectrum of sharing document provide a variety of options.

@WriteOutConnect and #WriteOut
Follow the new handle for this event, @WriteOutConnect, and share your own work by adding the #WriteOut to social media posts.

Thinking about Place

About Place-based Learning
A variety of resources gathered to support place-based learning across a range of spaces, places and communities.

Crowdsourced! Place-Based Resources by Locality
Add to our list of specific local resources you can use and/or add your own.

Online Primary Document Databases
A curated list of online primary document databases to help unearth the hidden stories of place.

NPR: Code Switch — Being ‘Outdoorsy’ When You’re Black Or Brown
PODCAST “ … we explore what it means to be a person of color outdoors. Listen as you hike, garden, or stare blankly at the walls of your windowless cubicle, waiting for the weekend.”

Native Knowledge 360°
Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures.

Making & Creating

Host a #WriteOut Writing Marathon
Read more about the Writing Marathon. Download an infographic to guide your #WriteOut Writing Marathon.

Gather your community at a Writing Party
What is a Writing Party? Learn about the Community Literacy Center at the University of New Hampshire’s party and then feel free to remix these resources to make them your own!

Places We Love: Photos and Places We Love: Poem Playlists & Badges
These youth-facing playlists and badges (13+) support youth in exploring a place that they love through photos and/or poetry. They require youth login to the LRNG platform which offers open badges for successful completion of playlists; NWP educators support the badge assessment.

Paul Allison from the New York City Writing Project explain these playlists and how you might use them:

KQED Teach Making with Media
KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities for teachers focused supporting digital media making in the classroom.

Integrating Science and Writing

Take Another Look/Mapping Phenomena Activity
Adapted from a Science in the Park resource by the National Writing Project, this activity is inspired by Bob Tierney article: Let’s Take Another Look At the Fish and focus on exploring the concept of phenomena in your place.

Think Like a Scientist: Discover your Park Playlist
Created by Pocono Writing Project teachers and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) Rangers for use at DEWA and other regional parks. Meant to be used as a self-guided resource for younger children and families.

National Park Service Resources

National Park Service website
The main page for the NPS. From here you can explore resources, find parks, and more!

NPS Educators Page
Find curriculum units, lesson plans, ideas for field trips, distance learning opportunities, and more!

Social Injustice in the Landscape
A National Park Service-curated resource, focusing on NPS locations that highlight injustice as part of the geography, ecology and history of the place itself.

Cultural Landscapes of the National Park Service
A National Park Service-curated resource, organized by region, these articles and media dig deeper into the stories of places, giving a platform and voice to those stories and people often forgotten.

Telling All Americans’ Stories Hub
This landing page leads to multiple resources on the historical experiences of minoritized populations.

NPS Publications on Diverse and Inclusive History
A collection of NPS publications that focus on the historical experiences of minoritized populations.