Living River of Words Virtual Resources

Adriel Valenzuela Artwork 2019-20
Welcome to the Living River of Words (LROW) Virtual Resources Page. These resources were selected or created by Pima County Environmental Education staff and community partners to help inspire interdisciplinary art and science learning and creativity. Feel free to use these materials to create your own structured program at home or in your classroom – or pick and choose activities the kids in your class or household might enjoy.

There is no wrong way to use these resources or to prepare for the Living River of Words: Youth Poetry and Art Contest, but we recommend including some version of each of the following elements in your LROW Journey:

Tap Into Your Inner Naturalist
  • Think about skills like observation, curiosity, and creativity and how they are important to both artists and scientists.
  • Practice quiet, careful observation.
  • Explore examples of art or poetry built on observations of water and nature. Last year's Living River of Words finalists are a great place to start.

Soak Up Background Information
  • Learn about the Santa Cruz River and how it connects to your local wash or waterway.
  • Learn about the importance of water to humans and wildlife in our community. The Living River reports are an excellent resource on the health and history of our local river.
Time in Nature
Get Outside and Immerse Yourself

Let Your Creative Juices Flow
  • Recall and discuss what you observed outdoors.
  • Look at images and videos of local waterways, flora and fauna.
  • Explore winning artwork and poetry from previous years.
  • Create a final piece of artwork or poetry, and submit it to the contest! Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023.
Download the 2022-23 Entry Form and Rules:  Brochure with Entry Form (English)Folleto con la Planilla de Entrada (español)

Download tips and activity ideas in English and Spanish!

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out our these video tutorials!


Need help? Interested in engaging your students in our K-12 field trip and residency program?
Contact Pima County Environmental Education at (520) 724-5375 or