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May 31 from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm

Free – $30.00

Poetry in the Park welds nature and poetry beautifully in its setting at the Zion National Park Nature Center before the crowds start coming. Sponsored and hosted by Zion National Park Forever Project, this year, the event will feature two presenters energized by poetry, high school English teachers Rachel Robins (Crimson Cliffs High School) and Susan Wiese (Hurricane High School). These two ladies will engage the mind and senses, using the serene setting as inspiration. The experience will also include a guided nature hike, silent poetry writing time, time to share the poetry participants wrote that day, and receive feedback from other participants. Tuition for the event is $30 for adults and free for students accompanied by their teachers.




Rachel Robins is an AP English teacher, reading interventionist, and Instructional Coach at Crimson Cliffs High School. As an avid writer, Rachel has placed in a variety of local literature contests and has been published in several publications. Additionally, Rachel has also enjoyed an opportunity to present her poetry at the Sigma Tau Delta conferences in Pittsburgh and New Orleans and hopes to one day finish a novel. She holds a BA in English Literature & Composition with a Secondary Education Endorsement (2012) from Dixie State University and graduated with her Master’s degree in Education and Educational Administration (2019) from Southern Utah University. In addition to writing, Rachel loves hiking, nature photography, all things ocean, and spending time with her family: a husband, three kids, a bulldog, and her golden doodle puppy. She’s delighted to participate in Poetry in the Park, where beautiful words meet breathtaking scenery.



Susan Wiese is in her 23rd year of teaching English and creative writing and still loves it. It is fun to empower young writers with strategies so that they can share their perspectives. Creativity flourishes when combined with collaboration and techniques. She has taught 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12 grades, as well as coached basketball, volleyball, and track. Though she has a BS degree from Utah State University and a Master of Education from Walden University, she is still learning from her students, colleagues, reading, and experiences. Susan is a small-town girl who loves the outdoors. She and her husband have three kids, as well as horses, cows, and a cute dog.




Bring your own picnic lunch or buy lunch from a nearby eatery in Springdale.

For more information contact:

Reuben Wadsworth [email protected]

PLEASE MEET AT: 8:45 am at the Zion National Park Nature Center, March 3rd

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May 31
8:45 am to 3:00 pm
Free – $30.00
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Tiffany Stouffer
Reuben Wadsworth


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