Among eight poets selected for River of Words trail

Three Haldane Elementary students were among the eight young poets honored Sept. 20 at the opening of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust’s River of Words Poetry Trail at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall.

The Haldane winners and their poems were Niamh Fortuna for Hummingbird, Gael Frezza for Beaver and Joia McKelvey for Bat.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum director Jackie Grant, River of Words educator Irene O’Garden and Hudson Highlands Land Trust director Andy Chmar with student poets at the opening
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum director Jackie Grant, River of Words educator Irene O’Garden and Hudson Highlands Land Trust director Andy Chmar with student poets at the opening

The other winners were Parker Fisco, Benjamin Ostroff and Brinn Patterson from Putnam Valley Elementary School and Madison King and Alexandra Halasz from Willow Avenue Elementary School in Cornwall.

More than 500 nature-inspired poems were submitted for consideration. The eight selected poems were sewn as calligraphy onto cloth, attached to driftwood and hung on trees along a trail at the Nature Museum.

The Poetry Trail is open from dawn to dusk through Nov. 15. Maps are located at the Nature Museum’s parking lot and at its information center. This installation was made possible through a grant from Central Hudson Gas & Electric.

The River of Words education program was funded by the Educational Foundation of America, the Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund, the RBC Blue Water Project and the Vidda Foundation. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy HHLT

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