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Contact: Amber KraftKing Salmon, Alaska. – Coming this summer to the jackets and ballcaps of visitors from around the world…the 2021 Brooks Camp Bear Etiquette Pin! Each year’s unique pin depicts a graphic representation of bears and other natural and cultural resources of Katmai National Park. For the last few years, bear etiquette pins have also highlighted another notable feature of Southwest Alaska: the artistic skill of its residents.
The National Park Service invites artists from the Southwest Alaska region to submit designs for use on the Brooks Camp 2021 Bear Etiquette Pins. The selected design will appear on thousands of bear pins distributed to Brooks Camp visitors this summer. In addition to the satisfaction of seeing their artwork reaching an audience from around the world, the winner will also receive a pair of pins as an award.
Bear etiquette pins are awarded to every Brooks Camp visitor who completes the mandatory bear safety training (also known as “bear school”) and serve as a visual reminder of their training. A limited-edition colored bear pin is also awarded to visitors who are exemplars of responsible behavior around bears at Brooks Camp. Leave your mark on bear school’s graduating class of 2021 by submitting your design before the deadline!
The design competition will run through February 16th. Entries can be submitted via email at KATM_Visitor_Information@nps.gov. Complete contest rules are available online. We can “bearly” contain our excitement about seeing your entries!
Last updated: January 16, 2021