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KEEP WILDLIFE WILD 2023 POSTER DESIGN CONTEST

Participate in our fifth annual Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest! The poster design contest is open to 4-6th grade students who attend public, private, parochial or home schools in Wisconsin.

We think the name says a lot, but what exactly does it mean to Keep Wildlife Wild? Please find out how you can help keep wild animals in Wisconsin safe and healthy on our Keep Wildlife Wild webpage. Then use what you learn to turn your ideas into art. 

The poster design contest opens on Oct. 1, 2022. The deadline for submitting poster designs is 5 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2023. If you have questions about the submission procedures, contact KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov.

The DNR also encourages educators to print off this year's contest flyer and hang it in their classrooms or other public spaces.  

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

If you're a teacher, we've got resources for you. Check out the lesson plan, the 30-minute PowerPoint or the in-class interactive activity. The plan covers multiple dilemma situations related to encountering baby wild animals. On page 78, there are several worksheets for students, including a crossword puzzle, word search and maze. Peruse our list of resources for 4-6th graders below:

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Eligible contestants are 4-6th grade students enrolled in Wisconsin public, private, parochial or home schools during the 2022-2023 school year.

Entries must be received by KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. Any entry that fails to comply with the contest's requirements will be disqualified and won't be considered by the judging panel.

HOW TO DESIGN YOUR KEEP WILDLIFE WILD POSTER

There are so many cool critters native to Wisconsin to use as inspiration. Learn all about them at EEK! Critter Corner, then design a poster with one or more of your favorites in mind. The poster should only include wild, native Wisconsin wildlife, so no zebras, please.

Your artwork can be whatever style you choose. You don't have to include animals if you don't want to, but make sure your design is related to Keep Wildlife Wild and this year's theme. If you need a place to start, try thinking about ways to keep wildlife families together. Two such ways include leaving baby deer alone and keeping rabbit burrows covered to keep the babies safe and hidden. 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

KEEP WILDLIFE WILD THEME ELEMENTS

Include the words "Keep Wildlife Wild 2023" and follow the theme of "If you care, leave them there!" You can find more information about the program on the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage.

MAKE IT ORIGINAL

We think originality is best. Don't submit work by someone else, whether it is recreated from previously published art like clip art, photographs, or electronic graphic images. We won't accept images that have been photoshopped or manipulated.

SHAPE AND SIZE

The poster design must fit an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.

All posters must be two-dimensional and be constructed using standard art tools (ex: ink, pencil, paint, charcoal, marker, crayon, etc.).

Graphic design programs may be used, but the artwork must be the student's original design.

LETTERING

The phrase "Keep Wildlife Wild 2023" must appear on the design. It can be handwritten, stenciled or typed.

The artist's signature is not allowed on the design.

SUITABILITY FOR REPRODUCTION

The Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to alter the design if necessary. This includes redrawing, resetting type and changing colors.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR POSTER DESIGN 

All submissions must be received electronically (via email) or by mail and must include the student's entry form and artwork.

Each student may submit only one entry. Entries will not be returned.

To submit your student's poster:

Print and fill out an entry form [PDF] for each student's poster.

A teacher, parent or guardian must sign the form.

Mail complete, signed entry forms and posters by Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 to:

Wisconsin Keep Wildlife Wild Poster Design Contest
Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Taylor Czyscon
PO Box 100
Friendship, WI 53934

OR 

Scan your poster using a high-quality scanner and save the design file as a PDF, PNG or JPG.

IMAGE QUALITY: Make sure your scan is high resolution. Do not take photos of posters with a cell phone camera.

TIP FOR CLASSROOMS: Educators submitting posters for multiple students may scan their entries in one batch using a top-feed scanner with each entry form on top of the corresponding poster.

Email complete, signed entry forms and posters to KeepWildlifeWild@wisconsin.gov by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.

All designs submitted will become the sole property of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR will not insure any entry it receives nor assume liability for any damage, loss or theft of any entry.

JUDGING OF THE CONTEST AND ANNOUNCING WINNERS 

The judging panel will consist of DNR Keep Wildlife Wild team members and will serve without compensation to judge the entries.

Poster judging will take place in February, and those who submit designs will be notified by email of winners in March. The DNR will also announce winners in a statewide news release and Facebook post.