Kids with a flair for art and an interest in the natural world are urged to enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Art Contest, 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.

Youth in grades kindergarten through 12 are eligible for the contest, which is a part of the 9th annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on May 16, 2014. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. It recognizes the importance of endangered species and is an occasion to educate the public on how to protect them.

Last year, nearly 2,200 young artists from schools, homeschools, and youth activity and art programs throughout the country participated in the Saving Endangered Species Art Contest. The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of judges, including artists, educators, photographers, and conservationists.

Teachers can include the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest as a featured activity for Youth Art Month in March 2014.

See past winning entries and get rules and entry forms for the contest at Students in kindergarten through high school (K-12) are eligible to enter the art contest.

Young artists who are homeschooled and members of youth groups are also eligible to submit their art. To provide a competitive opportunity for as many youth as possible, the grand prize winner is not eligible to win again for three years.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014.

Image courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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