February 6, 2012
Contacts: Kim Mitchell 612-713-5337
Nick Rowse 612-725-3548 x2210
Minnesota School Kids Invited to Enter 2012 Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Minnesota youth in kindergarten through grade 12 can be part of the first annual Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, designed to showcase student art and raise awareness of Minnesota’s rarest animals and plants.
Winners of the contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be chosen in four age categories, with an overall winner selected. Each winner will receive a plaque and Visa Gift Card. Visa Gift Cards will be awarded in $100, $50, and $25 denominations for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. The contest’s grand prize winner will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card and plaque.
The top 20 pieces of artwork will exhibited at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and at other selected National Wildlife Refuges in Minnesota. Other exhibition venues throughout Minnesota are also planned.
Entries must feature a federally endangered or threatened species found in Minnesota and all artwork must be the artist’s own creation. Contest rules, entry forms and a list of eligible species can be found at www.fws.gov/midwest/twincities/ArtContest/
Deadline for entry is April 20, 2012. The contest is being held in conjunction with Endangered Species Day, celebrated this year on May 18, 2012.
For more information about endangered species in the Midwest, visit www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered.
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