Elementary school students in Coweta County are eligible to participate in the 26th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Photo Contest sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and the Environmental Resources Network (TERN).
The goal of the contest is to generate knowledge and appreciation of the diverse and threatened nongame wildlife in Georgia and their habitats. Nongame species are those that are fished for or hunted legally.
It is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and their teachers should organize their participation.
The theme of the contest for this school year is “Every Species Matters!” and highlights how wild animals and native plants enrich the lives of everyone and serve specific roles in the environment.
Teachers who are interested in their students participating in the contest should have them create artwork which includes nongame wildlife and/or native plants, and then hold a school-level contest. The first place winners in each age division will move on to the state level contest.
The deadline for all state-level contest entries is April 8, 2016. The top 12 state winners will have their work showcased on the Wildlife Resources Division Flickr and Instagram websites and displayed at the State Botanical Garden in Athens from May 11 to 17, 2016.
For more information and contest details, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest.