Wildflower Weekend & Youth Art Contest

Join us for Shenandoah's 31st Annual Wildflower Weekend!
Did you know there are more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park? 70% of them are native and racing to bloom before overhead trees become fully leafed out and block the sunlight on the forest floor. To celebrate this special time of year Shenandoah has an annual Wildflower Weekend. Come join us May 6- 7, 2017 for wildflower walks, workshops, and activities.

Blue irises on yellow background.
"Iris" by Jessica Auer | Age 15 Iris | Best in Show 2015

NPS | Jessica Auer

Youth Art in the Park

Wildflower Art Contest

Have wildflowers ever inspired the inner artist in you? If you're a local student, here's an opportunity to show your creativity through the new Youth Art in the Park contest at Shenandoah National Park. The contest is being held in conjunction with the park's annual Wildflower Weekend, May 6-7, 2017.

The contest is open to all K-12 students in the following counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren.

For the subjects of their work, artists must use wildflowers that are native to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park. The following files contain a list of eligible flower species, as well as photos of some species for reference. An overview of the program, with rules and entry form, are also provided.

Entries must be 8 x 10 inches, and only flat media such as acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, fabric, etc. may be used. The deadline for contest entries is April 14, 2017. Artwork should not be mounted, matted, or framed.

To participate, download the entry form and follow the rules below.

Overview and Rules PDF (226 KB)

Entry Form PDF (459 KB)

Native Wildflower Checklist PDF (541 KB)


Last updated: November 21, 2017

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