Glacier National Park and Glacier Natural History Association Announce Postcard Contest
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials from Glacier National Park and the Glacier Natural History Association (GNHA) announce a postcard contest for northwest Montana students in Grades 1-8. The winning artwork in each category will be showcased on postcards which will be given to the visiting public at GNHA bookstores in Glacier National Park next summer. All entries must contain original artwork and text and must relate to the theme: What does Glacier National Park mean to me? Entries, including parental consent, must be postmarked by October 26, 2007.
This contest is designed to promote learning about Glacier National Park and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. All entries will be judged on fulfillment of the guidelines, originality, neatness, grammar, spelling, use of color, accuracy to Glacier’s ecosystem, and clear evidence in the entry of the author’s knowledge of Glacier National Park. First place winners in each category will receive a $25 GNHA gift certificate and second place entries in each category will receive a GNHA $15 gift certificate.
Entries will be divided into three categories: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8. The original drawing and text must fill an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of unlined, white paper, and be made with crayons, ink or markers (no colored pencils). Text underneath the drawing must form a complete thought relating to the contest theme. For Grades 1-2, the text must be at least two sentences; for Grades 3-5, it must be at least one paragraph (five sentences). For Grades 6-8, the drawing should portray a Glacier scene or animal/plant that the entrant has learned about and that relates to the contest theme. An original poem that clearly relates to the drawing needs to accompany the picture.
Each entry must include the entrant’s first name (only) and grade in school. A parental permission form must also be attached. A permission form is available online with the contest’s poster at http://www.nps.gov/glac/forkids/upload/Bookmarkcontestflyer.pdf. Or, on a separate paper, a parent may write his/her child’s name, school, grade, homeroom teacher, the parent’s address, and phone number. The parent must also provide a statement giving permission for the listed child to participate in the contest and must include that the parent understands that “all entries become the property of GNHA and may be used in advertising and sales promotions. Winners’ full names may be listed in the newspaper, but only their first name and grade will appear on the postcard, or other items available to the public.” The parent must sign the paper.
Send artwork and parental permission slip postmarked by October 26, 2007 to: Wendy Hill, Student Contest, Glacier Natural History Association, P.O. Box 310, West Glacier, MT 59936. Winners will be announced by November 30, 2007.
GNHA operates the book sales areas in Glacier National Park visitor centers and ranger stations. Over a million people pass through the GNHA sales areas each season.
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Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.