The seventh annual national Endangered Species Day occurs on May 18, 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations observe Endangered Species Day to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species, such as the black-footed ferret.
Part of the celebration of Endangered Species Day is a Youth Art Contest, which provides students from kindergarten to high school with an opportunity to learn about endangered plant or animal 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 is judged by a panel of artists, photographers and conservationists. Winners are chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Winners of the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest receive a plaque and art supply gift pack. In addition, one grand prize winner has his or her name engraved on a special trophy and receives a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C. with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prize winner also receives 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 the Endangered Species Day website.
To learn about Endangered Species Day events planned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit its website.