From now until July 16th our partner Get to Know is running a contest to get kids outdoors and exploring the natural world around us. The theme is, “Get to Know your wild neighbors” which speaks to Get to Know founder and famous wildlife artist Robert Bateman’s strong belief that we can increase environmental caring in youth by encouraging wildlife education. Get to Know has partnered with several other organizations in pursuit of their commendable goal including, the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, Outdoor Afro and many others.
How Do I Enter?
Entering is easy. Adventurers aged 19 and under are invited to submit a creative piece of art centered around biodiversity and the natural world by July 16th. The submission could be in the form of artwork, writing, photo, video, or even the new music category.
Winners are chosen from each category and prizes include publication in the 2013 contest calendar and the opportunity to participate in the week-long Park and Nature Camp with Parks Canada among other awesome prizes. For other ways to get involved, make sure to check for a launch event near you!
Who is Get to Know?
Get to Know works tirelessly by connecting youth to nature and encouraging environmental concern in upcoming generations. Through their motto, “Connect, Create, Celebrate” Get to Know provides youth with opportunities to get outdoors, create works that foster engagement with the natural world, and then celebrate these creative arts and their connection with the environment. This year marks the 13th year of the contest in Canada, continuing a strong tradition and successful campaign to connect youth and the outdoors. Make sure to learn about their many other initiatives like BioBlitz or Natural Treasure, oh and don’t forget their partnership with an amazing winery!
So get outside with your family and learn together and celebrate the biodiversity in your own neighborhood. Don’t forget to send in your creative art ASAP as special drawings are ongoing for early submissions!
Image Credit: Get to Know