Poetry in the Woods

Join our expert-led poetry workshop




Get Inspired by Nature & Poetry

Discover the synergy of words and wilderness through this expert-led poetry workshop at the Endangered Wolf Center. This unique four-week program is the perfect way to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

Workshop Highlights

Find Inspiration

Find inspiration on nature hikes, share in campfire poetry readings, hone your poetry skills and hear wolf howls echo through the woods!

Expert Partners

We’ve partnered with Travis Mossotti, award-winning poet and professor at Webster University, to offer this exclusive opportunity to community members of all writing levels and experience.

Attendees will work one-on-one with award-winning poets in the secluded wilderness at the Endangered Wolf Center. Faculty includes

• Travis Mossotti – EWC’s Poet-in-Residence and professor at Webster University
• Devin Johnston – Saint Louis University professor and acclaimed poet
• Andrea Scarpino – Award-winning local poet and educator
• Rita Chapman – Webster Groves High School English teacher, poet, and co-founder of the All Write Festival


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Workshop Dates & Sessions

Saturday, April 9th – Travis Mossotti: Minding Surroundings: It’s terribly important as a poet to be tuned into the physical spaces we occupy and to be mindful of how those spaces speak in the world of poems. A leaf may just be a leaf, but it’s also a world unto itself full of grace and dignity and light. Just like us.

Saturday, April 16th – Rita Chapman Creating Nature: We usually look to nature as a way of understanding our world and even as a source of spirituality and self-understanding. What happens when we flip this idea? We’ll talk about the ways we shape the world in our own image and how we might explore our tendency to misunderstand as a way to pursue a path to discovery.

Saturday, April 23rd – Andrea Scarpino: Nature as Inspiration: From traditional Japanese haiku and Sappho’s fragments to contemporaries like Mary Oliver, poets have often found inspiration in nature. In this discussion, we’ll talk about nature as poetic inspiration and the ways love, fear, and even distrust of nature can shape our writing.

Saturday, April 30th – Devin Johnston: Poetry, Animals, and the Senses: In poetry, animals are often ambassadors of the senses. At high altitudes, ocean depths, or close to the earth, they attune us to new forms of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. They enact ways of attending to the world.

Can’t make all four sessions? Don’t worry, we’re offering an optional virtual makeup session to make sure you get the most out of this four-week workshop.

Poetry Workshop FAQs


Morning Sessions: 8:30am- 12:30pm (4 hrs) – Adults only (18 years old and up) – Parents can bring children (14-18). IF 14-18 year olds can’t make the afternoon session, a parent waiver would allow youth to attend the morning adult session.

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm- 5:00pm (4 hrs) – Youth (14-18 years old)

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Each session is 4 hours in length. Each day offers sessions for adults in the morning and youths in the afternoon.


Coffee, tea, cocoa, granola bars, fruit snacks, and fruit provided.


Guest cap is 15 people per session (two sessions offered per day) IF demand is high, we may open up more spots.

General $225 $300
Parent/caregiver membership applies to student registration

For member discounts, please call your membership office at 636-938-5900. Learn more about our membership options.

service animals

At this time, we regret that we are unable to accommodate service animals during our tours. If you or a group member have a special need or mobility need, please contact us in advance.


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