Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

Please check here later in the year for details about the 2016 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest!

Poster of brown thrasher in dogwood by Andrew Edwards of Zebulon, Division 3 winner

Information about the 2015 contest, the 25th anniversary, is available below and via the links to the right. The theme for the 2015 program was "Georgia's WILD Animals and Plants - A Natural Investment."  To celebrate the silver anniversary and the price reduction of the wildlife license plates to $25 (a major source of nongame funding), students were asked to depict their favorite nongame animal or plant on a Georgia license plate. The deadline for entries in the 2015 state competition was April 10.

The 2015 statewide winners were announced April 23. 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 25th 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 this year’s theme: Georgia's WILD Animals & Plants - A Natural Investment!

This year's theme highlights the value of our natural resources as well as the money required to keep wildlife populations thriving.  You may be surprised to learn that projects to conserve Georgia's rare, endangered and other nongame wildlife as well as native plants and natural habitats, are not funded by state tax dollars.  Rather, DNR Nongame relies on grants and donations to manage the 95% of species in Georgia that are not hunted, fished for, or trapped.  Most contributions come from the sale and renewal of wildlife license plates, which recently were reduced in price to $25 with a larger portion supporting nongame wildlife. 

With this exciting change comes a switch-up in this year's Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest -- we're asking students to design their own Georgia wildlife license plates!  Omar Murcia, an artist from Kennesaw, GA, created the first full-plate design in our state, which depicts a soaring bald eagle.  Perhaps your budding artist students will use their talents in a similar way someday!

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 25th 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, or Cora Keber (706.542.6156,  


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