Does your child love art and animals? Then why not submit his latest masterpiece to the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest?  The grand prize is a trip to D.C. to celebrate Endangered Species Day, an art lesson with Wyland (!), and $50 worth of new art supplies.

The Endangered Species Day Youth Art contest is an annual event sponsored by the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS,) the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation.

Started in 2006, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s rarest plant and animal species. The Youth Art Contest gives students from kindergarten to high school an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species and express their thoughts via art. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013.

Once all of the entries are in, The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) will select the 40 semifinalists from thousands of entries. Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12, and will receive plaques and art supply gift packs. In addition, one grand prize winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy and receive a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C., with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prize winner will also receive art supplies and a special art lesson (via Skype) from Wyland, the artist.

For more details, check out the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest website.

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