Missouri kindergarten student Ava Bribiesco designed this 2013 prize winning image of American burying beetles. (Photo courtesy of the Endangered Species Coalition)
Youth Art Contest: Help Spread The Word About Endangered Species
The Midwest Region is home to some remarkable young artists. Students from Missouri and Minnesota took top honors in the national Endangered Species Youth Art Contest for the past two years. In 2012, Sky Waters, a fifth grader from Eagan, Minnesota, won the grand prize with his watercolor of a woodland caribou; and last year, St. Louis, Missouri, kindergarten student Ava Bribiesco matched Sky’s success with her depiction of American burying beetles.
This nationwide contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the International Child Art Foundation. The contest provides K-12 students with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork.
All of the basic information students need to participate in the contest can be found at: http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/saving-endangered-species-youth-art-contest/
Artwork should highlight one or more species currently listed as federally threatened or endangered – lists can be found at www.fws.gov/endangered For information on Midwest species, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered
This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about endangered species in the Midwest and around the country, so encourage young artists to enter!
-- Georgia Parham