March 15 Deadline for Youth Art Contest-Endangered Species

This post was written by Valerie on March 13, 2012
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes


Students K through 12 grades are encouraged to enter their drawings of an endangered animal, bird, fish or plant by March 15th in the Youth Art Contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Ogden University Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans to recognize conservation efforts aimed at helping both plants and animals on American soil which are now endangered. For details and pictures of endangered plants and animals go to to learn more. May 18th will display the winning Art work at the seventh annual Endangered Species Day which was in part founded by the efforts of San Diegan, David Robinson who persuaded Congress that day since 2006.

Learning about endangered species

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. Lesson plans and other educational materials can be found at

Subject Matter

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 found in their region, ideally in the species’ usual habitat. Entrants may wish to choose from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Spotlight Species. (See: for a list of all endangered species.)


Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12. From these, one national winner will be selected. Initial judging will be conducted by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a Smithsonian Affiliate. A prestigious panel of judges, including artists, conservationists, educators and others will then select the final winners. The art will be judged on the basis of:

  • Concept: How well the work relates to the endangered species theme
  • Composition: How well the elements of line and form work together
  • Color: How color enhances the artwork
  • Expression: How imaginatively the work conveys an idea or emotion

Entry Requirements

  • The physical size of submitted artwork must be 8 1/2″ x 11″ and less than 1/8″ thick.
  • Image must be a live portrayal of a native North American endangered species.
  • Artistic liberties may be taken as long as the depiction is a recognizable endangered species.
  • Entries should not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed or folded.
  • Chalk and pastel entries should be sprayed with a fixative to safeguard artwork.
  • The entry may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color; it may be rendered in ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil.
  • Techniques may include scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, pointillism. No photography, weak pencil, or computer-generated art. Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork.
  • No lettering, words, signatures or initials may appear on the front of the design. Please note this change from previous art contests. Such markings will result in disqualification.
  • Design entries must be entrant’s original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists’ works.Entrants may rely on photographs or published images as guides. However, especially when references are used for the subject(s), the entry must be the entrant’s own creation and idea.
  • The entry must have the name, grade and title on the back of the submission in pencil.
  • Attach a completed entry formwith tape or other fixative to the back of artwork. If using glue, be careful to use one that will not run through and damage the artwork. No paperclips.
  • Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.



The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2012. Entries should be sent to:

Endangered Species Day Art Contest

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

University of New Orleans

925 Camp St.

New Orleans, La. 70130


Winners will be chosen in the four age categories. From these, one grand prize winner will be selected and honored with his/her name engraved on a special trophy that was designed by a gifted young artist (Meredith Graf of New Orleans, LA). The grand prize winner will receive a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C. for him/herself and one guardian to attend a reception in May. Accommodations will also be provided. (Prize is not redeemable for cash.) All other expenses are the responsibility of the winner. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a one-hour art lesson from well-known artist Wyland (via Skype) and $50 worth of art supplies of their choice from Chartpak, Inc.

The grade category winners will receive a special plaque and $25 worth of art supplies of their choice from Chartpak, Inc.

All contest entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation (available on Endangered Species Day Website for teachers/youth leaders/parents to download).

An exhibition of the artwork and other promotions are also planned.


Submissions become property of the Endangered Species Coalition. Through submission of artwork, entrants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted which will not be returned. Though the Endangered Species Coalition will attempt to treat all submitted work with the utmost care, the Endangered Species Coalition is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the sending of entries through the mail. Other contest partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Ogden Museum/ University of New Orleans will also have permission to use artwork for non-profit educational purposes.

All artwork must include a complete entry form. You can download the form here.

For more information on the contest go to to sign up and enter your child’s drawing go to

For future dates and events go to .

To get involved go to the Endangered Species blog at .

 I was involved in a project for a small film team in Carlsbad back in the 70’s. I called the National

Wildlife foundation and found that at the time the President of that foundation wanted to save the Peregrine Falcon.

At that time in 1977 there were only 1200 pairs of Peregrine Falcons in the U.S. I found through the Wild Animal Park’s Bird  trainer Steve Martin a Peregrine in Del Mar being readied for release now that it was well.

So our team met with Robert Redford in LA to tape his voice for the commercial. Now  the Peregrine Falcon is no longer on the endangered species list. So yes it is possible to make real changes in this world for our children and grand children and their children. Get involved!

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