Between the Lines: Poetry in the Woods

Mar 19, 2018

Enjoying the outdoors at the Kalamazoo Nature Center
Credit Kalamazoo Nature Center

Inspiration for literature comes from many places, but perhaps most often it comes from nature. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is partnering with Friends of Poetry, a nonprofit organization in Kalamazoo, to encourage “Baby Boomers” who are age 50 and up to get outside for a walk and be inspired to write. The Nature Poetry Walk will happen at 11 a.m., March 27, at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.


Nature Center Registrar Sarah Rutgers is one of the walk’s organizers. Elizabeth Kerlikowske is the president of Friends of Poetry.

“'Boomers and Beyond' is a monthly program geared for adults 50 and up, although everyone is welcome,” Rutgers says. “People who come to 'Boomers' are interested in the natural world around them and they want to keep learning. We provide topics that are engaging and give participants an in-depth look at the world. We’re excited about the Nature Poetry Walk program coming up.”

A stream flows through the Kalamazoo Nature Center
Credit Kalamazoo Nature Center

Kerlikowske says, “Friends of Poetry is trying to move out into the community more. We wanted to partner with the Nature Center, with libraries, and anyone else. There are a number of us on the board who like to give workshops. One of us will be out there, at the Nature Center. The program is designed to have everyone go for a nature walk for about 20 minutes and observe. So often, when we are outside, we are going from one place to another and not really paying attention — except for the potholes — to what’s out there.”

Kerlikowske says those participating in the walk will get some guidelines and pointers on what to look for and think about while walking. Later, they'll be asked to incorporate their observations into a group discussion followed by individual writing sessions.

Admission to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, is $7, $6 for seniors, and free for members. Call (269) 381-1574 for more information.

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