This spring, young people can celebrate our nation's wildlife and wild places by entering in the Endangered Species Day Art Contest. The art contest is an integral part of the fifth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 21, 2010. The contest provides youth with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork.
The Endangered Species Day Art Contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/ University of New Orleans and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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. Entrants are encouraged to depict species that are found in their region. Entrants may wish to choose an animal from AZA’s Species Survival Plan Program or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Spotlight Species. The deadline for entries is March 26.
Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12. From these, one national winner will be selected who will be honored with a special trophy designed by a gifted young artist and will also be recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C. in May, 2010.
The contest will be judged by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers, actors, scientists and conservationists. Panel members include Admiral Stephen Rochon, White House Chief Usher; Jeff Corwin, host of Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin Experience; and Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.
For more information about the Endangered Species Day Art Contest and to register, visit this site. For a personal experience with endangered species, visit your local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
About Endangered Species Day
Started by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday in May. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities. Schools, scout troops and other educational institutions are encouraged to learn about our nation's wildlife, birds, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. For more information and for lesson plans and other educational materials, visit www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org.
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