First graders at the Haldane Elementary School in Cold Spring listened as author and award-winning poet Irene O’Garden read her new children’s book, Forest, What Would You Like? on Monday, April 22. O’Garden, a River of Words environmental educator with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT), celebrated Earth Day by visiting Haldane and other area schools, including the Willow Avenue Elementary School in Cornwall, the Fort Montgomery Elementary School and the Garrison Union Free School.
Signed copies of the book, which was illustrated by Pat Schories, were donated by HHLT to each participating school’s library. Forest, What Would You Like? emerged from O’Garden’s work with local students conducting nature-inspired poetry workshops through the River of Words program.