Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Dane County Parks on Sept. 19 announced the first ever Dane County Parks Natural Areas Conservation Art Contest. The contest is a competition, fundraiser, and scholarship for youth in grades 6-12.

The contest is a fun and interactive way to teach students about the many values of our natural areas, the challenges they face, and the habitat they provide for countless creatures.

The top three contest winners will receive a $500 scholarship award for their artwork depicting a threatened or endangered species in Wisconsin. The top 12 pieces will remain on display for recognition at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.

“We are excited to announce the first Natural Areas Conservation Art Contest so area students can learn more about our outdoor spaces and create a piece of art for the chance to win a scholarship,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Dane County’s natural areas provide a home to countless wildlife, and we look forward to seeing which endangered species students choose to honor in their artwork.”

First place artwork will also be turned into stickers, window decals, and stamps. The items will be sold by Dane County Parks and Park Friends Groups for $20. Funds will be used to help maintain and enhance Dane County Parks natural areas.

The Dane County Parks Natural Areas Conservation Art Contest opens Sept. 15, and registration forms must be returned to Dane County Parks by Dec. 15. Student artwork is due March 15, when a judging ceremony will take place at the Lussier Family Heritage Center to select contest winners.

Dane County Parks manages over 13,000 acres of habitat comprised of prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, and wetlands that support thousands of species of wildlife, many of which have become threatened or endangered with extinction.

The Natural Areas Program maintains and restores these habitats and encourages children and adults to explore and appreciate these areas and engage in a variety of land stewardship activities to help maintain precious lands and the species they support.

For more information about the contest, visit the website www.danecountyparks.com/ArtContest or email HeritageCenter@countyofdane.com.

The Lussier Family Heritage Center is a multi-use, educational & interpretive facility serving a diverse population that provides opportunities for youth & adult learning, volunteerism, outdoor recreation and special events.

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