2021 marks the 31st year that the State Botanical Garden of Georgia has co-sponsored this contest with the Wildlife Conservation Section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The contest provides an excellent means for teachers to help their students connect with our state’s amazing diversity of native plants, wildlife and habitats. This year’s theme is Nature Is Everywhere!
Many people think nature only exists in remote wilderness areas. However, if you slow down and look closely, you’ll find nature everywhere! Whether you live in the country, the suburbs or even a city, you can find a variety of life nearby. You just need to step outside and take time to notice it! Start by observing plants, insects, birds and other wildlife in your backyard or schoolyard. If you don’t have much greenspace nearby, you can search for ants and other insects on sidewalks. City, county and state parks are great places to discover nature too, and you probably have one near your home.
Any student in grades K-5 enrolled in a public, private or home school is eligible to participate. Artwork must portray Georgia nongame wildlife (species not legally hunted, trapped or fished) and plants. The entries are judged at the local school level in four divisions (#1 – Kindergarten, #2 – first & second grades, #3 – third and fourth grades, #4 – fifth grade). A photo of the winning entries in local contests are then to be emailed to Audrey Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org, at the Botanical Garden for entry in the state level competition. Entries must be received by Friday, April 9, 2021, for inclusion in the state level judging. For rules and specific guidelines for the 2021 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, please visit www.georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest.