Resources from Write Out

Over time Write Out educators have gathered many resources to support writing outside, place-based writing and education, and connected learning. We welcome recommendations; please share them by emailing us.


Made for Write Out!

Write Out Park Ranger Prompts
Take a tour of National Parks and get inspired to write … with ranger video prompts

NWP Write Out Playlist
A playlist of all the National Writing Project created resources for Write Out past and present.

Past Write Out events:

National Park Service Resources

National Park Service Literature & Poetry
Prize-winning writers, poets, and playwrights document and enhance the American experience through their words. The National Park Service preserves the work and world of great writers who define our culture.

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

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.

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.

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Place-Based Teaching Resources

Native Land
Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. 

Online primary document databases to help unearth the hidden stories of place
Curated by Park Ranger Amber Kirkendall from Homestead National Monument.

Place-conscious education, Nebraska style, Podcast series, June 2020. Since the mid-1990s, the Nebraska Writing Project has been investigating place-conscious education and designing curricula and partnerships with place-conscious goals in mind. This seven-part audio series, created in 2020 out of their work with the National Parks Service partnership, provides an introduction to place-conscious education and delves into several curriculum and action projects teacher leaders have devised.

Promise of Place Website. Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement
A public private partnership that works to advance the state of the art in place-based education by facilitating collaborative efforts in research, program design, technical assistance, resource development and dissemination.

Place-Based Poetry, Modeling One Revision at a Time
An article by Ann Gardner of the Southern Arizona Writing Project.

What is Place-based Education and Why Does it Matter?
Part of a year-long Place-Based Education project of Getting Smart with a blog series, social media campaign, podcasts and publications to support implementation. See all of the blogs in the series.

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Resources Developed Through Writing Project and National Park Partnerships

A Space for Conversation
A space for ongoing conversation and antiracist work hosted by the Flint Hills Writing Project in partnership with Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and the National Writing Project.

As We Continue: Opening the Walls of the Classroom and the Boundaries of the Park
This collection brings together resources which have emerged from the partnership between the National Park Service and the National Writing Project designed to bolster connected learning opportunities within the national parks and reach more young visitors and educators.

Opening the Walls of the Classroom and the Boundaries of the Park
A related collection which curates resources from the early years of the partnership between the National Park Service and the National Writing Project.

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Environmental Education

Resources for Teacher Educators
NCTE’s ELATE Commission on Climate Change and the Environment in English Education gathered these resource recommendations for teacher educators.

Book List of Environmental Literature
Compiled by Rich Novack of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield and ELATE Commission on Climate change and Environment.

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Diversity and Leadership Outdoors

Diversity Outdoors
A coalition promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented.

Latino Outdoors
We inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.

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

Outdoor Afro
The nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.

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