Youth Arts in the Parks

student artwork
detail from the 2016 Wildflower Contest best in show winner: Red Trillium, by Presley Peterson
Youth Arts Wildflower Art Contest 2022 flier

Youth Arts in Parks Wildflower Contest

Youth Arts in the Parks is a student competition that celebrates ecology through art! Through this program and the April art exhibit at Tamarack and online, students have the opportunity as community leaders to raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity and parks. Their works inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship. Participants may also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development.

The Youth Arts in the Parks program is part of Spring Nature Fling, an event that celebrates Southern West Virginia’s diverse ecology. New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Tamarack, and several West Virginia state park partner to host this event in April and May. This year's festivities will feature guided hikes, talks, and arts programs about nature outdoors and online.

Image submission for the 2022 contest is from December 1, 2021 to February 2, 2022. See the Contest Overview and Rules page below for more information.

painting of a flame azalea

Wildflower Art Contest Overview & Rules

Check the overview and rules page for all the information you need to enter the next Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.

white and pink wildflower

Wildflower Art Contest Species Reference

Check here for photo references of species you can use for the Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.

Silver bell-like flowers hanging from a branch

Wildflower Species Checklist

Check the species list for a list of native wildflowers that you can use for the Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.


Digital Critter Challenge Checklist

Check the species for a list of native animals that you can use for the Applachian Spring Art Contest.


Check out winning artwork from previous years.

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See some of the artwork from our Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Art Contest.

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