Natural Areas Conservation Art Contest

Important Deadlines:

January 1, 2020 - Registration Form Due

March 11, 2020 - Artwork Due

March 15, 2020 - Judging Contest at Lussier Family Heritage Center


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.