Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

The 2021 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest winners have been announced.

Attention, K–5 Teachers!

2021 Div. 4 2nd Place, Darina Ramirez-Mireles
2021 Div. 4 2nd Place, Darina Ramirez-Mireles

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 32nd annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest! As part of DNR and TERN’s “Kids for Conservation” initiative, this art contest provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through fifth-grade students to explore the wonders of Georgia’s native plants and animals through the 2021–22 theme: Nature’s Fascinating Engineers!

We look forward to working with you and your students at the 32nd annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest!

If you have any questions, please contact: Linda May (, 706-557-3226) or Audrey Stadler Mitchell (, 706 583-0894).

Contest Theme, Rules and Entry Form

Teacher Tips

2020 Div. 2 2nd Place, Jack P. Nix
2020 Div. 2 2nd Place, Jack P. Nix

Contest Rules: Start with a Local Contest at Your School

While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, instruct your students to design their own artwork based on this year’s contest theme: Nature’s Fascinating Engineers. Artwork should depict at least one identifiable animal and/or plant native to Georgia. Include a description on the Poster Contest Entry Form, thereby demonstrating that the student understands their subject. Then arrange for a local competition of their artwork at your school or within your group (i.e., homeschool group, after-school camp, scout troop, etc.). School or group judges will select first-, second- and third-place winners (award ribbons and Give Wildlife a Chance certificates are available—refer to Contest Awards section for details).

Participating schools/groups will then choose one first-place winner from each division and email photographs of the winning entries with accompanying entry forms to The State Botanical Garden of Georgia (see Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines below). The deadline to compete in the state-level contest is April 8, 2022. State-level entries will represent one or more 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 the winning artwork will be announced and showcased on Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division and State Botanical Garden media in May 2022.

Supporting Activities

Biomimicry is human innovation that comes from studying animals and plants. Research one or more of these marvels of nature to learn how they  
inspired products and technology that we use today: 

  • Bird feathers that “zip” together after separation (Velcro, adhesives) 
  • Bird’s streamlined body shape in flight (airplane/jet design) 
  • Echolocation used by bats, dolphins and whales (SONAR sound navigation)
  • Firefly body-glowing structures (LED light bulbs) 
  • Leaf absorbing energy from the sun (solar panels)
  • Reflective layer in nocturnal animal eyes (light reflector blocks on roads)
  • Seed pod burrs on tick-trefoil plants: Desmodium species (Velcro)
  • Treefrog toe pads and suckers on octopus limbs (suction cups)

Maple and pine seeds have “wings” to help with them fly. Some people call them “helicopter seeds.” To learn more about this seed shape and how it helps with dispersal, create your own flying seed! For instructions, see page 18 of DNR’s Teacher Guide Georgia Sandhills (PDF at 

Poster Contest Rules & Guidelines

2nd Place
2019 Div. 1 2nd Place, Brantley Luckey


The contest is open to individual students (no group drawings) in kindergarten through 5th grades.

Homeschool groups, public schools and private schools are encouraged to participate.

Schools/groups may enter one poster from any or all divisions:

  • Division 1: Kindergarten
  • Division 2: First and Second Grades
  • Division 3: Third and Fourth Grades
  • Division 4: Fifth Grade

Each school/group may enter no more than a total of four posters to the state-level contest (one entry per division). State-level entries are normally the artwork of the first-place school or homeschool group winners.

Entry & Format Requirements

New for 2020–21, all state-level artwork entries must be submitted electronically. Therefore, any size flat artwork is fine as long as it can be photographed well (photos may be taken with a smart phone or camera). Collages and other three-dimensional artwork are not eligible.

For each state level entry, submit a full-frame photo of the artwork a photo of the accompanying completed Entry Form (via email to Audrey S. Mitchell at The State Botanical Garden of no later than Friday, April 8, 2022:

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, April 8, 2022.

Contest Awards

2017 Div. 2 2nd Place, Sophia Horne
2017 Div. 2 2nd Place, Sophia Horne

Certificates & Ribbons

Educators may request Give Wildlife a Chance certificates for all students who participate in their local school competition, as well as first-, second-, and third-place ribbons to present to class, grade level or school group participants. There is no limit to the number of certificates or ribbons a participating school can receive.

Email Audrey S. Mitchell ( with the following information:

  • School name
  • Contest coordinator’s contact information (email and street addresses, phone #)
  • Total number of students participating in the contest by grade level
  • Number of certificates, first place, second place and third place ribbons needed

State-level Award 

The artwork of first-, second- and third-place winners in the state-level contest will be showcased on GA DNR Wildlife Resources and State Botanical Garden social media. Winners also will receive state-level award ribbons and may be recognized in other ways.

Special Perks for Teachers & Parents of State Winners!

The teacher and one parent of each state-level winner will receive a free wildlife license plate, thanks to TERN! Details will be emailed to the winning students’ teachers and parents. To see wildlife tag options, visit