Natural Areas Conservation Art Contest

The Conservation Art Contest is a competition, fundraiser, and scholarship for youth in grades six through twelve. It is a fun and interactive way to teach students about the many values of our natural areas, the challenges they face, and the habitat they provide for countless creatures. The top three contest winners will receive a $500 scholarship award for their artwork depicting a threatened or endangered species in Wisconsin. The top twelve pieces will remain on display for recognition at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.

First place artwork will also be turned into stickers, window decals, and stamps and will be sold by Dane County Parks and Park Friends Groups for $20. Funds will be used to help maintain and enhance Dane County Parks natural areas.

Dane County Parks manages over 13,000 acres of habitat comprised of prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, and wetlands that support thousands of species of wildlife, many of which have become threatened or endangered with extinction. The Natural Areas Program maintains and restores these habitats and encourages children and adults to explore and appreciate these areas and engage in a variety of land stewardship activities to help maintain precious lands and the species they support. It’s critical to instill a land ethic in the next generation as they will be the land stewards of tomorrow.



We are thrilled to announce the winners for the First Annual Dane County Parks Conservation Art Contest! Although we were not able to have everyone present at the event, it just so happened that our First place, Second place, and Fourth place winners were at the center to drop off artwork. 

  • 1st Place - Rah Gerg
  • 2nd Place - Desiree Stevens-Williams
  • 3rd Place - Carly Goodlund
  • 4th Place - Benjamin Jaramillo Nicholson

The top three winners received a $500 scholarship to support their future education. The first place winner will have their artwork printed on fundraising materials to help Dane County Parks raise money to support the Natural Areas Program. Stay tuned for more information about that!

We want to take a moment to thank our dedicated judges, Adrienne Rich (Chasen Art Museum), Mitch Bergeson (Fish & Wildlife Service), and Stefanie Brouwer (Dane County Park Commission), who came out to judge the artwork despite the cancellation.

Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to every single person who participated in the inaugural year of our Conservation Art Contest!  All art pieces will be displayed at the Lussier Family Heritage Center beginning summer 2020 until next year’s art contest.