Youth Arts in the Parks 2018 Art Contest Now Accepting Entries

GLEN JEAN — Nature can be a great inspiration! Local students can celebrate their creativity and interest in nature through the Youth Arts in the Parks 2018 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.

This contest in now accepting entries online (January 9 – February 7, 2018). Visit to see the updated 2018 contest rules, list of accepted wildflower species, new online entry procedures, special team challenge news, and see many wildflower reference photos. Link to the online contest entry platform through the contest rules page at this site.

This program allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity. The contest is open to all K – 12 grade students of Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Youth can enter art through their school, community organization, or independently. Top entries will be showcased at a spring 2018 art exhibit at Tamarack in Beckley and online. Contest winners will receive art supply awards at a special ceremony. This contest is part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 27 – 29, 2018. This annual spring event celebrates this region’s amazing ecology and is hosted by staff and volunteers of New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and several southern West Virginia State Parks.

Join this celebration of ecology through art with Youth Arts in the Parks!

Image caption: Youth artist prepares contest entry at Independence Middle School. NPS

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