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Geauga Park District strives to connect you with the most inspiring elements of the Great Outdoors, and when it comes to our programming, we're all synced up with this part of our mission. To find arts-focused programs, click Find a Program/Event above and, from the Choose an Interest drop-down menu, select Arts.

20th Annual Nature Writing Contest

Congratulations to the following winners of this exciting anniversary year, featuring the return of cash prizes and winner chapbooks courtesy of the Geauga Park District Foundation! All winners will be listed in the fall Voices of Nature newsletter, which hits every mailbox in the county (42,000 households!). They were also celebrated during an event at the 24th Annual Nature Arts Festival on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at The West Woods.

Click the winning titles below to read the winning works, selected from a competitive crop of 74 entries. Special thanks to judges Grace Butcher (adult categories), Jim Wolhken (adolescent categories) and Joanne Speidel (child categories) for their expertise.

  • Child Poetry

1st - Invisible Me by Ehren Collins
2nd - Winter Snow by Violet Aufderheide
3rd - Changes by Blayde Buckner
Honorable Mention - The Changing Seasons by Lucas Gajda
Honorable Mention - One Day in the Woods by Lucy McNees