Haiku Alive is Portland Japanese Garden’s school outreach program. Teaching the Japanese cultural value of living in harmony with nature through focusing on poetic tradition, Haiku Alive offers children a new gateway to explore the natural world. Students receive an immersive experience, engaging all five senses to translate natural beauty and the magic of the seasons into words and images. Haiku Alive inspires creativity, builds language skills, and instills confidence in students of all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. Haiku Alive started in 2011 and currently serves students in grades 2-5 in four elementary schools in Portland’s Parkrose School District as well as at Park Academy, a small independent school.