Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

Poster of green turtles swimming through the ocean.

The 2016-17 contest theme is "Keep Georgia WILD!" 

The deadline for state-level artwork entries is April 14, 2017.  

The 2016 statewide winners were announced in April. See the winning posters on Flickr.

Attention, K-5 Teachers!

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc. (TERN) encourage you and your students to participate in the 27th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest!  As part of DNR and TERN's "Kids For Conservation" initiative, this popular art contest provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the wonders of Georgia’s native plant and animal species through the 2016-17 theme: Keep Georgia WILD!

Do you enjoy hearing the melodies of songbirds, watching the antics of wildlife or photographing delicate wildflowers?  Wild animals and native plants enrich our lives and serve special roles in the environment.  Our quality of life depends on how well we conserve all species, great and small, and their habitats.  To make sure all species survive and stay healthy, natural resource agencies and organizations follow the State Wildlife Action Plan, a guide on how to best conserve wildlife and their habitats before they become too rare or too costly to protect.

The goal of the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is to generate a greater knowledge and appreciation of Georgia's diverse and increasingly threatened wildlife and their habitats. It is only a deep concern and commitment to these wild places that will ensure their existence for future generations to enjoy. 

We look forward to working with you and your students at the 27th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest! Full contest details are included in the contest brochure below. If you have further questions, please contact Linda May (706.557.3226, linda.may@dnr.ga.gov) or Cora Keber (706.542.6156, ckeber@uga.edu).

Contest materials: 

Teacher Tips

Start with a local contest at your school

While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, your students will design artwork that includes nongame wildlife and/or native plants.  They then will compete at the local level in a school-wide poster contest.  First-, second- and third-place winners should be chosen from your school’s entries for the local-level contest at your school.

All participating students can receive place award ribbons and a Give Wildlife a Chance certificate (refer to Contest Awards section).

Participating schools will choose one first place winner from each division and mail the winning entries to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to compete in the state-level contest by the April 14, 2017 deadline. These entries will be comprised of the four division categories described in the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines section. First-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen as state-level winners from each division level, and their artwork will be showcased on the DNR Wildlife Resources Flickr website as well as at the State Botanical Garden in Athens (May 10-17, 2017). 

Classroom activities and resources

  • Help kids to see that nature is all around them. Visit a garden, field or forest, or simply step outside your school. Post a chart within easy reach so students can record the birds, animals, and interesting plants they see.
  • Discuss wildlife viewing ethics. Don't chase wildlife. Move quietly, slowly, and in plain view. Maintain a safe distance; use binoculars rather than your feet to get closer. Be respectful of nesting and denning areas.  
  • Use field guides (books or Internet to learn how to identify Georgia's native plants and animals, as well as invasive exotic species. Study the Georgia range maps. Learn how exotic species can displace native species.
  • Raise money at your school for wildlife through a recycling campaign, bake sale, or another project.  Donate the proceeds to creating or maintaining an outdoor classroom at your school, or give the funds to your favorite nature center, the State Botanical Garden or the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund.
  • Discuss how our everyday actions may impact wildlife and their habitats. See how many of these suggestions you and your students can put into practice!  
  1. Properly dispose of trash (animals could mistake as food) 
  2. Reduce, reuse and recycle!
  3. Save energy (reduces pollution from energy production)
  4. Conserve water (leaving more for wildlife)
  5. Carpool to school (Parents, no car idling while waiting in the pick-up line!)
  6. Keep cats indoors (they're non-native predators)

Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines

Sponsorship and Judging

The 27th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc. (TERN). The theme changes yearly, though the contest is an ongoing educational effort to help children and teachers gain awareness of Georgia’s native plants and animals. Artists as well as wildlife and plant professionals judge the contest entries based on artistic interpretation, originality, visual impact and contest theme.

Eligibility
  • The contest is open to individual students (no group drawings) in kindergarten through 5th grades.
  • Homeschool groups, public schools and private schools are encouraged to participate.
  • Schools/groups may enter one poster from any or all divisions:

Division 1: Kindergarten

Division 2: First and Second Grades

Division 3: Third and Fourth Grades

Division 4: Fifth Grade

  • Each school/group may enter no more than at total of four posters to the state level contest (one per division).
Size and Format
  1. Outside dimensions cannot exceed 17" x 22" (vertically or horizontally).
  2. Collages and other three-dimensional artwork are not suitable for this contest.
  3. Posters should be submitted on white tagboard or on white art paper (no matting).
  4. DO NOT FOLD. Submit art flat in a package or roll into a mailing tube.
  5. If you want the students’ entries returned, you MUST include exact postage (stamps only - no
    metered tapes) and mailing label or the entries will not be returned.
Contest Rules
  1. While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, instruct your students to create their own artwork based on this year's theme, and arrange for a local competition at your school.
  2. Each entry should depict at least one native nongame plant and/or animal of Georgia.  Please include the Artwork Description information on the Poster Contest Entry Form. This demonstrates to the judges the student researched their subject.
  3. First-, second- and third-place winners should be chosen at the local level (refer to Contest Awards section).
  4. All participating students can receive place award ribbons and a Give Wildlife a Chance certificate (refer to Contest Awards section).
  5. Only ONE school-wide winner from each division can be chosen to compete in the state-level contest at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (refer to Eligibility section). State-level entries are normally the artwork of the first-place school winners.
  6. All contest entries must adhere to the contest theme: Every Species Matters!
  7. Avoid focusing on game species (those legally hunted or fished). Examples include whitetail deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, bear, bobcat, Canada geese, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, alligator, and largemouth bass.  For a full list of game species, see the 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons and Fishing Regulations as well as the Migratory Bird Seasons. While these animals are important, this competition emphasizes Georgia's nongame animals and native plants.  
Entry Form
  1. Attach a copy of the 27th Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest entry form to the back of each poster with tape.
  2. Please DO NOT use glue or staples.
  3. Send poster contest entries to: 

Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605
P: (706) 542-6156; F: (706) 542-3826

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, April 14, 2017. 

Contest Awards

Certificates & Ribbons: Educators may request Give Wildlife a Chance certificates for all students who participate in their local school competition, as well as first-, second-, and third-place ribbons to present to class, grade level or school group participants. There is no limit to the number of certificates or ribbons a participating school can receive.

  • Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest Request For Awards form
  • Mail, or fax, or email the Request For Awards form to:
    Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest
    State Botanical Garden of Georgia
    2450 S. Milledge Avenue
    Athens, GA 30605
    Fax: (706) 542-3826 
    ckeber@uga.edu

State-level Award: The artwork of all first-, second- and third-place state-level winners will be showcased on the DNR Wildlife Resources Flickr website and displayed at the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Ga. (May 10-17, 2017). Students also will receive state-level ribbons and may be recognized in other ways. Teachers and parents are encouraged to bring children to see the winning artwork on display and enjoy the beauty of the garden's fascinating variety of plants. The fields and forests are great areas for wildlife watching too.  Admission is free, although donations are accepted. For directions, operating hours and a garden map, click here.  

Special Perks for Teachers & Parents of State Winners!
The teacher and one parent of each state-level winner will receive a FREE BALD EAGLE WILDLIFE LICENSE PLATE, thanks to TERN - the DNR Nongame Friends Group!

 

Contest Brochure

 

Download the 2016-17 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest brochure.

Every Species Matters poster with wildlife. Cute. Drawn by child.

Maggie Schuckenbrock, Age 10. 5th grade, The Museum School.

Contest Entry Form

 

Download the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest entry form.

Get Plugged Into Nature poster from poster contest

Request for Awards Form

Mail, fax, or email the request for awards form to:

Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605
Fax: (706) 542-3826
ckeber@uga.edu

Download the request for awards form.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc. (TERN) encourage you and your students to participate in the 27th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest!