Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest

Help the WI DNR celebrate Clean Air Month this May by leading your students through an activity (or more than one!) from the Air, Air Everywhere Teacher’s Activity guide, which aims to teach 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

Teachers, please submit the poems/riddles created by your students as part of the Where’s the Air? activity in the Air, Air Everywhere guide to the Wisconsin DNR. One winner and two runners-up will be selected. The winning poems will be featured on the Wisconsin DNR EEK! (Environmental Education for Kids) web site.  The winner will receive an award certificate AND a class set of “It all adds up to cleaner air” solar calculators. The teacher of the winning student will receive a certificate for a free Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, or Project WET workshop.


  • Open to 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students only
  • Teachers can submit up to three entries per class.
  • Any form of original poetry is acceptable.  Entry must be 100 words or less and describe air and/or the importance of clean air.
  • Writing must be the original work of the student
  • Each entry must include the name of the author, their teacher, the teacher’s e-mail and phone number and the school address on the back.
  • Mail entries to:
                             Lindsay Haas  
                             Wisconsin DNR
141 NW Barstow Street, Rm. 180 
                              Waukesha, WI 53188

                       Or e-mail to:

  • Entries must be received by Friday, May 18, 2012 to be eligible.  Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the contest sponsor. Teachers of the winning students will be notified by June 1st, 2012.

As part of the Where’s the Air? activity students will complete simple sensory experiments to discover the characteristics of air and then write a poem or riddle describing air.

The complete Air, Air Everywhere guide includes ten activities and can be downloaded.  Hard copes may also be ordered by sending your name and mailing address to

For more information contact Lindsay Haas, (262) 574-2113,

Happy writing!

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