We are excited that you would like to share your story with us!
We try to publish as many submissions as we can, so please send us your best effort! Here are some tips to help you get published on our website:
For Written Stories:
1. Follow the Lesson Plans and prompts as a guide to write your story (but feel free to use your creative juices!).
2. Submit your story using the text boxes here.
2. Please include a relevant photo with your story, if possible.
3. Stories should be written in the first person, and no longer than 1500 words.
Let your inner storyteller come out! What do really powerful and effective stories have in common?
- A great beginning! Start your story with a bang.
- An “a-ha” moment. Write about that magical moment that transformed you.
- Your narratives should go into detail about a “before, during and after” description of your experience or project.
- How were you transformed? How did your trip or project positively affect you, your health, the environment, or your community?
- Use really descriptive words – what did you smell, hear, taste, see, touch – to describe your setting and what you were doing during your trip or experience.
For Photos and Quotes Submissions:
1. We are looking for high-resolution photos, with short (1-3 sentences) quotes.
2. Quotes should really convey the emotions behind the trip or project that you participated in, or about the environmental topic you are writing about.
3. Submit photos and quotes using the text boxes here. You can submit more than one photo.
For Videos Submissions
Videos should be 5 minutes or less in length.
Videos can either be produced by youth, or about a youth environmental program or project.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I don’t want my private information to be published, but still want to submit a story! What should I do?
A: We normally only publish the following information of the author: first name and last initial, city, state, and name of organization the author is writing about. However, if you don’t want any of this information published, please let us know at the end of the story submission which information you would like and not like published.
Q: I (or my student) is under the age of 13. Can this story still be published?
A: All stories/photos/videos MUST be submitted by students 13 and up. If the story was written or created by a student under the age of 13, an adult must fill out the story submission form.
Q: Do I need to get a photo release for my student’s photo to be published on the Internet?
A: All photos need a photo release for students 18 and under. Check with your school or organization, to find out if you can use their photo release to publish photos for partner organizations — many schools and organizations have participants sign releases which includes language about giving permission for partner organizations to use their photos. If this is not the policy, simply have a parent sign this photo release.