Good afternoon,

I work at the Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, MA. We work to preserve the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau, who used the power of words to convey his ideas, beliefs, observations, and calls to action!

I wanted to let you know about our Live Deliberately Essay Contest that is currently open to youth ages 14-21 around the world (flyer attached). The winner of each age group will be awarded a $250 cash prize. Each year the contest asks youth to respond to Thoreau’s writing. This year’s quotations, which will hopefully resonate with the youth Wyoming’s environmental educators are working with, are:
“Let me say to you and to myself in one breath, Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil. Regard not your past failures nor successes. All the past is equally a failure and a success; it is a success in as much as it offers you the present opportunity.”
—Journal, after 16 July 1850

“Old trees are our parents, and our parents’ parents, perchance. If you would learn the secrets of Nature, you must practice more humanity than others.”
—Journal, 23 October 1855

The deadline for submission is March 15. We’d love to see some submissions from Wyoming! Please let me know if you have any questions about the contest or if you have any suggestions for ways to spread the word about our contest.


Susan Licher
Education Programs Assistant
The Walden Woods Project
44 Baker Farm
Lincoln, MA 01773-3004
(781) 259-4703 ph

Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. – Henry David Thoreau

2016-2017 Contest Flyer

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