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28th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Join us—Stand up for the Earth!

Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 10:00 a.m., free
Strawberry Creek Walk:
Poetry, talk, and an easy walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley, as it follows its underground path across downtown Berkeley to the Watershed Festival at Civic Center Park. Nevada County Poet Laureate 2019-2021 Chris Olander, River Light, leads the Creek Walk, with nature talk and poetry throughout. Meet at the southeast corner of Oxford at Center, on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus.

Saturday, October 14, 2023
Noon to 4:30 p.m. • Free

Festival Main Stage • Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park • Berkeley

California Poets in the Schools K-12 students
with poet-teacher Maureen Hurley
We Are Nature Open Mic, 8 three-minute spots,
enter the drawing by Noon, onsite

Books and Book Signing

Check this space for updates!
For more information:, (510) 525-5476, cell (510) 612-3958

BART to Downtown Berkeley!
Civic Center Park is next to the Berkeley Farmers' Market, MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, one block west of downtown Berkeley BART.
Chairs, tent shade, and carpet squares for seating provided.
Pick up your lunch at the Farmers' Market, or bring your sunscreen, blanket, and picnic!

"River Village" Watershed Exhibitors are very welcome—trade the exhibit fee for volunteering! Tables, chairs, and canopies are available now; 10x10' spaces or larger. To exhibit, or to volunteer, contact

A collaboration of co-founder Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-1997 • Poetry Flash • Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market • Pegasus Books Downtown • 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Watershed is grateful to the Watershed Keepers: individual donors, exhibitors and volunteers • This event is supported in part by the Civic Arts program, City of Berkeley and the California Arts Council • We thank our generous community partners • The Watershed logo is a wood block print by artist Shane Eagleton

Wheelchair Accessible

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