Words 4 Birds: An event to celebrate poetry and enjoy nature

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DENTON, Neb. April is National Poetry Month, and the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Denton, Nebraska is holding a very special event to celebrate.

It's called "Words 4 Birds," and it will be held Sunday, April 23.

“It’s a fun event that combines nature, birds and poetry,” said Jason St. Sauver with the Spring Creek Audubon Center.

The day will be filled with poetry workshops and a picnic on the prairie. Events will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m.

“We’re really excited,” said St. Sauver. “Ultimately, we want people to come and be inspired by the prairie—whether it’s the grasses blowing, the prairie wildflowers that are just blooming or all the birds that are going to be around, we want people to be inspired to write a poem.”

Two Nebraska poets will lead workshops for both adults and children. Matt Mason will oversee the youth workshop. Sara McKinstry-Brown will lead the adult workshop.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. After lunch, the group will hold a public reading.

“With literacy numbers down and a lot of other things, it’s really important to just get written word out there,” said St. Sauver. With technology, which is great and so easy to use, some of that is being lost.”

The whole event will be held with the beautiful prairie as a backdrop in hopes of inspiring poets young and old.

For more information on the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and the event, click here.