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State Park Sticker Design Contest

Wisconsin State Park System

Wisconsin state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers are designed by high school students chosen in a statewide contest. The design contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is open to all high school-age students attending public, private or parochial schools or homeschooled in Wisconsin.

2025 design contest

Entries for the 2025 sticker design contest will be accepted through April 30, 2024.
A young woman drawing in an art studio.
Park Sticker entries can be submitted through April 30, 2024. Photo credit: iStock/ArtistGNDphotography

2025 Sticker Design Contest Rules

Contest Rules

Submission materials:


Entrants must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or equivalent, attending public, private or parochial schools, or be homeschooled in Wisconsin during the 2023-2024 school year. Children of the Department of Natural Resources employees or judges are not eligible.

Each student may submit only one entry.

Contest Deadline

Entries must be received by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Subject Matter

The design must be the artist's original creation and shall not be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art, or electronic graphic images. Photographs or photo manipulations will not be accepted.

Technical Requirements


  • The design is limited to four colors maximum.
  • Black and white, if used, each counts as a color.
  • All colors must be flat and solid, with no shading, blending or halftones.
  • There can be no colorless areas.

Shape And Size

  • The design must fill the shape provided on the design template [PDF].
  • No other shape or size may be used.


  • The wording, which must appear on the sticker, is provided on the design template [PDF].
  • The typeface must be Arial bold 36 and cannot be altered, stretched, etc.
  • The artist may arrange the lettering in any way.
  • All wording must be used.
  • No other wording, including the artist's signature, may appear 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.

Failure To Comply With Contest Rules

Any entry that fails to comply with the contest's requirements shall be disqualified and not considered by the judging panel.

Judging Of The Contest

A panel appointed by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation director will serve without compensation to judge the entries. The judges will be selected to provide a representative cross-section of individuals with expertise in design and an interest in parks and forests. The contest will be judged, with winners to be announced in a news release and on the DNR website.

Submission Procedures

Submission Procedures

Entries may be submitted in one of the two following ways:

  1. Entries may be sent via regular mail. Do not laminate the design. The entry form [PDF] must be included and either stapled to the design or securely attached to the back. Each entry submitted this way must be mailed or hand-delivered to:

    Sticker Design Contest
    DNR/Bureau of Parks & Recreation
    101 S Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921
    Madison WI 53707-7921

  2. Entries may be sent electronically via email. Scan the completed entry form [PDF] as a PDF. You may email this entry form file and the design file (accepted formats are PDF, PNG, and JPG) to

Each contestant must verify that they meet all eligibility requirements and enclose the completed and signed entry form with a parent's or guardian's and teacher's (if applicable) signature. All designs submitted will become the sole property of the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR will not insure any entry it receives nor assumes liability for any damage, loss or theft of any entry. Each student may submit only one entry. Entries will not be returned.

Tips For A Winning Design

Tips For A Winning Entry

Based on the results of previous contests, here are some tips and suggestions that you may find helpful.

  • Read the rules! Each year, we get entries that fail to comply with rules and must be rejected.
  • The winning design will be reduced to 2.5 x 2.5 inches. Fine detail disappears when the design is reduced.
  • Remember, shading, blending, and halftones are not permitted.
  • The design should be appropriate for Wisconsin State Parks and Forests and all available recreation activities. Many designs are rejected because they feature snow-capped mountains, plants or animals not native to Wisconsin.
  • If you portray an animal, flower, tree, etc., realistically, ensure it is accurate. Consult a good field guide. This should not discourage you from doing stylized compositions.
  • Take a look at the park stickers from the last several years. The DNR probably will not choose something that was featured in the recent past.
Past Winners

Most of these designs were done by high school students and chosen through the annual design contest.

2024 park sticker
2023 park sticker
2022 park sticker
2021 park sticker
2020 park sticker
2019 park sticker
2018 park sticker
2017 park sticker
2016 park sticker
2015 park sticker
2014 park sticker
2013 park sticker
2012 park sticker
2011 park sticker
2010 park sticker
2009 park sticker