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Announcing the 2014 IGES Art Contest
Entries due November 14, 2014

Let's have a wild celebration!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the law that protects nearly 110 million acres across America and the trees, animals, fish, and streams that thrive within those areas.

To celebrate this important milestone, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) invites young scientists and artists in grades 2-4 to learn about preserving wilderness by taking a walk in nature, observing it, and expressing what they see or feel through art.

According to the National Park Service, "Designated wilderness is the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands." Although 44 states have federal land designated by Congress as wilderness areas within their boundaries, we can all learn about these important areas and by studying nature conservation close to home.

Whether in a city or rural area, this contest encourages students to visit a neighborhood park, wildlife refuge, nature center, or an actual wilderness area with a teacher or parent. During the visit, students should observe the surroundings, listen to the sounds, and think about what makes this place special or unique. It may be insects buzzing, a beautiful tree, a colorful rock formation, a sparkling stream, or a bushy-tailed squirrel, fish swimming in a lake, or a butterfly floating through the air. It may also be a place to run, enjoy a snack, or discover something new.

Students should then create colorful and creative art capturing what is special or interesting to them about nature and why we protect it.

Most importantly, submit your artwork to the 19th Annual IGES Art Contest by November 14th!

This year, winners will be selected in the following categories:

Grand Prize Winner - The entry is determined to be the all-around best artwork reflecting the contest theme and subject. This artwork will be featured on the IGES holiday card.

Most True to Theme - The entry that best captures the characteristics (appearance, behavior, and environment) of a chosen animal collection.

Most Entertaining or Creative - The entry presents a whimsical nature or illustrates the concept of animal collections in a unique way.

Most Artistic - The entry reflects the best artistic capability whether in composition, form, or technique.

Most Informative - The entry best presents the concept of an animal collection in an explanatory way.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card while the remaining category winners will each receive a $75 Visa gift card. All winners will also receive a color certificate and certificate holder as well as a print of his/her artwork and one for his/her school (if applicable). Honorable mentions will receive a color certificate and holder.

For more contest details, guiding questions, fun facts, and resources, please visit www.strategies.org/ArtContest.

Any questions can be directed to Lori Lui at Lori_Lui@strategies.org or (703) 312-0823.