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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

2014 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 16, 2014.

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

2014 Guidelines

2014 Entry Form

Photo References of Native Species

student artwork - Catawba Rhododendron

Catawba Rhododendron, by Kelly Green

Youth Arts in the Parks Award Ceremony
Ceremony to honor youth artists at Tamarack on April 6th at 4:00 PM.

Celebrate West Virginia’s spectacular wildflowers through art work created by students in the local community! In partnership with Tamarack and the school systems of Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas and Summers counties, the New River Gorge National River sponsored an art contest for students in grades K-12, featuring the region’s wildflowers as the subject of their works. More than 380 students from area public and private schools, home schools, and private/individual participated in this art contest. Fifty-five entries were juried to this Tamarack exhibit. Join us for a ceremony to honor these student artists.

Sunday, April 6th, 4:00 PM

Tamarack Auditorium in Beckley, WV

Join the Tamarack team, National Park Service representatives, and teachers and families from four counties to celebrate the students who participated in the Youth Arts in the Parks program and earned top honors for their artwork.

  • Auditorium space is limited, so there is an R.S.V.P. for students and parents attending.
  • Media who want to do a story on this event are invited.
  • Remarks will be given by the partners and park staff that made the Youth Arts in the Parks Program a success.
Jodi French-Burr, National Park Service, 304-465-2632

Check out student artwork from previous years:



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






Did You Know?

smallmouth bass

The New River is a very popular warm water fishery. The West Virginia state record for length of Smallmouth Bass - 25.5 inches and 7.5 lbs - was caught in the New River in 1976.