Start with a local contest at your school
While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, your students will depict artistic drawings of their nature encounters and 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 16 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 in the Garden Earth Naturalists calendar, on the DNR Wildlife Resources Flickr website , and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry from May 1-16, 2014.
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. Have your students draw, paint, or write about what they saw and how they felt while outdoors.
- 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.
- Help your students to hone their observation skills by learning to notice details. Have them practice by writing down what they see in a familiar setting, such as your classroom. Check their lists for accuracy, and discuss the results. Then take them to an unfamiliar outdoor setting, instruct them to sit in silence, and write down what they see, hear, and smell around them (derived from Project WILD's "Learning to Look, Looking to See" activity).
- Use field guides (books and/or apps) 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.
- Display pictures of native species in your classroom, perhaps photos of plants and animals taken by students.
- Show your students how to to an Internet search for Georgia wildlife. Some potential topics of interest include gardening for wildlife , bird identification , Georgia's rare species , Georgia fish , and nature photography for kids .
Download the Give Wildlife A Chance poster contest brochure .