January 16 – Children and teens can participate in a county-wide Wildlife Art Contest being held this winter by the Macon County Conservation District.
The district announced the contest in December and continues to accept submissions through January 25.
“We look forward to seeing unique submissions and we invite everyone to stop by and view them during the upcoming exhibit from February through May,” said Senior Program Naturalist Alysia Callison.
Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create original pieces of two-dimensional art depicting native Illinois plants or animals in their natural habitats. Artists can any the medium of their choice, other than photography.
Entries will be divided into four categories, based on grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Conservation District staff will choose a first-, second-, and third-place winner in each age group. Winners will have their work displayed in Rock Springs Nature Center from February through May in an upcoming exhibit, “Nature through Art.”
Winners will be notified on February 11.
“We want to celebrate and encourage the youth in our area, and bring awareness to local wildlife,” said Callison. “Plus, shorter days can make it tougher to get outside, so we thought this would be a fun way for children and families to engage with nature during the winter.”
Mail or deliver entries to Rock Springs Nature Center, c/o Alysia Callison, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL 62521. Be sure to include the artist’s name, age, grade, school (if applicable), and a phone number where the artist’s parent or guardian can be reached.
For more information, contact Callison at 1-217-423-7708 or visit MaconCountyConservation.org.