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WRITE AND HIKE! Nature Writing Essay Contest

 The fourth annual Youth Nature Writing Contest at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park is calling for submissions from young nature writers in grades 9-12. The contest is open to all Oregon and Washington high school students.  Submit your 500 word non-fiction essay about a hiking experience you’ve had. It could be a muddy hike, an exciting fall, or simply the overwhelming beauty found on the trail–as long as it’s true and is about hiking. Cash prizes will be award to the first three winners and fourth and fifth place will win new water bottles for your outdoor adventures. Entries are due by midnight, March 31st.  Essays will be judged by OPB reporter and blogger, Cassandra Profita, an award-winning journalist with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

Tap into those sensory details: pine needles under feet, the smell of resin, the crash of the ocean, woodland creature scurrying across the forest floor–write your experience with nature! All contest details, rules, and how to enter can be found at

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