The annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest is coming up, and you’re invited to participate. The contest celebrates Endangered Species Day, a celebration of the nation’s rarest plant and animal species. The Youth Art Contest provides students from kindergarten to high school with an chance to learn more about endangered species, by expressing their knowledge through artwork. Home schooled artists are also eligible to submit their art. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.
The Youth Art Contest will be judged by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers and conservationists. Winners will be chosen in four categories:
- K-Grade 2
- Grades 3-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
Winners will receive plaques and art supply gift packs. One grand prize winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy and trip to Washington, D.C. with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prize winner will also receive a special art lesson (via Skype) from well-known artist Wyland.
The Youth Art Contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/ University of New Orleans.
For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org