Statewide Winners Announced In Give Wildlife A Chance Poster Contest

Social Circle, Ga.

Twelve schoolchildren have been announced as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

Almost 3,500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 24 public, private and homeschool groups took part in the 34th annual conservation art competition held by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Statewide winners in the four grade divisions include:

Division 1: Kindergarten  

  • First: Bryson Rogers, Kay R. Pace School of the Arts, Jonesboro
  • Second: Leah Moreland, Henry County Library System – Fairview Branch, Stockbridge
  • Third: Charlie Foster, Jack P. Nix Elementary, Cleveland

Division 2: First-second grades

  • First: Asher Copeland, Marshpoint Elementary, Savannah
  • Second: Ryan Flaum, Pace Academy, Atlanta
  • Third: Elijah Neal, First Baptist Academy, Covington

Division 3: Third-fourth grades

  • First: Harrison Reese, Kay R. Pace School of the Arts, Jonesboro
  • Second: Emma Wasley, Barrow Elementary, Athens
  • Third: Sarah Zigenfus, Jack P. Nix Elementary, Cleveland

Division 4: Fifth grade

  • First: Robert Samuels-Beyah, Kay R. Pace School of the Arts, Jonesboro
  • Second: Lanee Tuten, Frances Meeks Elementary, Richmond Hill
  • Third: Railyn Turner, Jack P. Nix Elementary, Cleveland

Participants entered at the local school level with drawings and paintings of native Georgia plants and animals depicting the 2023-24 contest theme “What’s That? Habitat!” Students were encouraged to research various types of wildlife habitats and the natural resources needed for survival – food, water, shelter and space. The students then represented what they learned in their artwork.

Entries were judged on aspects such as theme relevance, originality and the quality and impact of the artwork. First-place school-level entries proceeded to the state contest at the State Botanical Garden, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Winning submissions are showcased on the DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s SmugMug site at

The State Botanical Garden is a home to a variety of collections, displays, trails and programs designed to delight and educate teachers, children and the public. The garden also administers the Connect to Protect program, which emphasizes that even small native-plant installations can help maintain biodiversity in urban and suburban landscapes. Learn more at or call (706) 542-1244. This public garden is a gift to visitors and Georgia residents; therefore, parking and admission are free.

The Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, the State Botanical Garden and The Environmental Resources Network, or TERN, friends group of DNR’s Wildlife Conservation Section. For more information, visit

Georgians can support important conservation, recreation and education efforts as well as other programs for Georgia’s nongame wildlife by purchasing or renewing a bald eagle or monarch butterfly license plate or donating directly to the Wildlife Conservation Section. This agency depends largely on fundraisers for its mission to conserve wildlife, native plants and natural habitats. Learn more at and