Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to have their
students participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art
Contest, an integral part of the seventh annual national Endangered
Species Day, celebrated on May 18, 2012.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations
will observe Endangered Species Day to recognize conservation efforts
underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.
Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a
celebration of the nation’s rarest plant and animal species. The Youth Art
Contest provides students from kindergarten to high school with an
opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge
and support through artwork. Young artists who are home schooled and
participate in youth groups 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 and Grades 9-12, and will
receive plaques and art supply gift packs. In addition, one grand prize
winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy and
receive a round-trip flight 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
Many of the Service’s field and regional offices will be hosting events in
their communities and providing unique programs to visitors on endangered
species conservation in celebration of Endangered Species Day. For more
information on how you can find an event near you, please visit
America’s fish, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us, and
ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. To
learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program, go to
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ where you can download podcasts and find
links to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.