Thursday, March 3, 2011

The 2011 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest

Did you know that March is officially Youth Art Month? How lucky for us! And in celebration, I have been finding many different art opportunities for students.

On Tuesday, I mentioned the Doodle 4 Google art contest. (I hope you had a chance to register your student(s)!)

And today, I'm happy to share another art contest. (This is turning into contest week on Mommy Maestra!  Fortunately, the deadline for this one is still almost two weeks off!)

In our studies, we have discovered that science and art often go hand-in-hand. And this is one contest that promotes both creativity and scientific interest. The 2011 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest is a part of national Endangered Species Day, which recognizes the importance of endangered species and encourages the public to do their part to help protect them. Created by the US Congress in 2006, Endangered Species Day is celebrated on May 20th.

According to their site, the "artwork should highlight one or more land- and/or ocean-dwelling endangered species—mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, plant, and/or invertebrate (e.g., insect, spider, snail, coral, crustacean or clam)—found in the United States."

If you continue to scroll down their page, you'll find a list of the USFWS's spotlight species. Students are encouraged to draw endangered animals that are found in their area, as well as their habitats, like last year's winner -  Carter Schroeder from Anchorage, AK - did (shown here).

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

If you'd like to learn more about this great contest, visit the Endangered Species Day website. While you're there, take a look around. Your children might find the download, "10 Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Endangered Species" to be of special interest.

Con mucho cariño...


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