Poster Contest Draws Attention to Georgia Nature Near Home.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources invites teachers and students across the state to celebrate wildlife and their habitats through art by participating in the 31st annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.
The goal of this competition for grades K–5 is to generate knowledge of and appreciation for Georgia’s biological diversity. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, or TERN, friends group of DNR’s Wildlife Conservation Section sponsor the popular initiative.
The theme—Nature is Everywhere!—emphasizes native wildlife and plants close to home as well as far away.
Many people think nature only exists in remote wilderness areas. However, students in the country, suburbs and even cities have a variety of wildlife right outside their door. All that is required is to slow down, perhaps even sitting in one spot, and take notice.
As inspiration for their artwork, students can look for plants, insects, birds and other wildlife in their backyard or schoolyard. If neighborhood greenspace is scarce, ants and other insects can be observed on sidewalks. City, county and state parks are great places to discover nature, too – and most people have at least one park in their community.
After creating artwork based on this year’s theme and within contest rules, participants will enter their drawings and paintings at the local school level.
Top school-level entries then proceed to the state contest at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. There are four divisions for first-, second- and third-place winners: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth grade. The deadline for schools to submit digital photos of state-level entries is April 9, 2021.
For contest rules, awards, entry forms and other information, visit georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest.
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Article: Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Details: georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest