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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

Youth Arts in the Parks

student artwork - dandelions on scratch board
detail from the 2014 Wildflower Contest best in show winner: Spring Breeze by Noah Pack
Youth Arts in the Parks logo

2015 Youth Arts in Parks Wildflower Contest

Has nature ever inspired you to do something creative? Local students can celebrate their creativity through the Youth Arts in the Parks program. This youth art contest and April art exhibition at Tamarack allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity and parks. Their works will inspire community connections to local ecology, as well as outdoor stewardship. Student participants in this art program will also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development.

This wildflower art contest is open to all K – 12 grade students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Students may use a variety of mediums to create a work of art inspired by a spring Appalachian wildflower native to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. Entry deadline: February 1 to 7, 2015.

To enter the contest, download the entry form and guidelines below:

2015 Guidelines

2015 Entry Form

Photo References of Native Species


Check out student artwork from previous years



View videos of the 2013 Youth Arts in the Parks Performance Celebration at Tamarack






Wildflower Weekend poster
ranger with students
Youth Arts in the Parks Nature Festival at Grandview
Teachers; bring your class to Grandview to discover ecology through art and science while being out in nature. This free festival is open to 6th through 8th grade students. Transportation costs can be paid by the park. The festival will be held on April 21 and 22, 2015. Registration is due by April 2. more...

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