In 2007, the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of Rachel Carson's life. She was an American biologist who cared deeply about the natural world around her. In The Sense of Wonder, Ms. Carson wrote "There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after the night and spring after the winter." And it is also important to remember how nature can serve as a source of strength, as she noted with the comment from the book, that, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
To honor this amazing woman, the EPA, Generations United, the Legacy Project, The Dance Exchange and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., are sponsoring the Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational photo, essay, poetry, songwriting and dance contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." We want you to share this love of nature with a child and others around you. When we teach our eyes and ears and senses to focus on the wonders of nature, we open ourselves to the wonders around us.
Submissions are due annually in June.
The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and winners will be posted on the EPA's website.
For more information please see: www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm
Sponsored by: US EPA, Generations United, the Legacy Project, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc. and the Dance Exchange
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)