Start with a local contest at your school
While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, your students will design artwork that includes nongame wildlife and/or native plants. They then will compete at the local level in a school-wide poster contest. First-, second- and third-place winners should be chosen from your school’s entries for the local-level contest at your school.
All participating students can receive place award ribbons and a Give Wildlife a Chance certificate (refer to Contest Awards section).
Participating schools will choose one first place winner from each division and mail the winning entries to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to compete in the state-level contest by the April 14, 2017 deadline. These entries will be comprised of the four division categories described in the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines section. First-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen as state-level winners from each division level, and their artwork will be showcased on the DNR Wildlife Resources Flickr website as well as at the State Botanical Garden in Athens (May 10-17, 2017).
Classroom activities and resources
- Help kids to see that nature is all around them. Visit a garden, field or forest, or simply step outside your school. Post a chart within easy reach so students can record the birds, animals, and interesting plants they see.
- Discuss wildlife viewing ethics. Don't chase wildlife. Move quietly, slowly, and in plain view. Maintain a safe distance; use binoculars rather than your feet to get closer. Be respectful of nesting and denning areas.
- Use field guides (books or Internet to learn how to identify Georgia's native plants and animals, as well as invasive exotic species. Study the Georgia range maps. Learn how exotic species can displace native species.
- Raise money at your school for wildlife through a recycling campaign, bake sale, or another project. Donate the proceeds to creating or maintaining an outdoor classroom at your school, or give the funds to your favorite nature center, the State Botanical Garden or the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund .
- Discuss how our everyday actions may impact wildlife and their habitats. See how many of these suggestions you and your students can put into practice!
- Properly dispose of trash (animals could mistake as food)
- Reduce, reuse and recycle!
- Save energy (reduces pollution from energy production)
- Conserve water (leaving more for wildlife)
- Carpool to school (Parents, no car idling while waiting in the pick-up line!)
- Keep cats indoors (they're non-native predators)