Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Announced

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Announced

Celebrate the 10th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2015.

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Announced -Entries Due March 1, 2015-

WASH., D.C.—November 5, 2014—Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 10th annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 15, 2015.

Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. The Youth Art Contest provides K-12 students residing in the United States with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Young artists who are home schooled and those who participate in youth groups are also eligible to submit their art. More than 2,000 young artists from throughout the country entered this year’s contest. (See the 2014 semifinalists’ artwork here.)
Entries to the Saving Endangered Species contest must be postmarked by March 1, 2015. A prestigious panel of artists, photographers and conservationists will judge the artwork. Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12, and will receive plaques and art supply gift packs. In addition, one grand prize winner will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C. in May and also receive a special art lesson from a professional artist.

The Saving Endangered Species 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 International Child Art Foundation.

For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org An endangered species art lesson plan is also available.