Still Time for Youth to Get Entries Ready for 2016 Art Contest

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Date: December 8, 2015
Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

student artwork
2015 Youth Arts in the Parks contest art: Fire Pink, colored pencil drawing by Brianna Murdock, 11th grade, Liberty High School, Raleigh County.

Glen Jean, West Virginia—Nature can be a great inspiration! Now is the time for local students to celebrate nature and use their creativity to craft an entry for the Youth Arts in the Parks 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.

This annual art contest is open to all K –12 grade students of Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. This contest and April exhibition at Tamarack allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia's natural diversity and parks. Contest winners will receive art awards, plus have their works showcased in an April 2016 art exhibit at Tamarack in Beckley and online.

Complete contest rules, list of accepted wildflower species, entry form, and some species photo references are available online at Entries must be hand delivered to a contest art receiving station between February 1 and 7, 2016. So kids, let your creativity flow as you prepare your art entry. Join in on this celebration of ecology through art withYouth Arts in the Parks!

This Youth Arts in the Parks art contestis part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, an annual spring event that celebrates this region's amazing ecology. This event is hosted by staff and volunteers of New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the West Virginia State Parks of Babcock, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.

For more information about participating sites visit:

National Park Service:,, or stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center.

Tamarack: or stop by Tamarack in Beckley, WV.

West Virginia State Park or stop by any state park

Last updated: December 14, 2015

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