In celebration of National Poetry Month and Earth Day, we’re excited to share with you a story by Emilie Lygren, outdoor science educator and poet, where she explains her deep connection with nature through writing.
Emilie Lygren is a poet and outdoor educator who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology-Biology from Brown University. She has published poems in several literary journals and anthologies, and her first collection of poems, "What We Were Born For," was selected by the Young People’s Poet Laureate as the Poetry Foundation’s monthly book pick in February 2022. Emilie has also developed dozens of publications focused on nature journaling, outdoor science education, and social-emotional learning through her work at the award-winning BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science. In her writing and teaching, Emilie calls on awareness and curiosity as tools to bring people into relationship with place, self, and community. She lives in San Rafael, California, where she wonders about oaks and teaches poetry in local classrooms. Find more of Emilie's work and words at emilielygren.com. Connect on Instagram: @emlygren.