Wildflower Weekend & Youth Art Contest

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.

As much as we were looking forward to an amazing Wildflower Weekend on May 9 and 10 in Shenandoah National Park, the decision has been made to cancel this year's event, with health concerns about COVID-19 and uncertainty surrounding future park operations.

A painting of a white and pink flower
"Wild Azalea" by Emma Maddox | Age 14 | Best in Show 2019

NPS | Emma Maddox

Youth Art in the Park

Wildflower Art Contest

The 2020 "Youth Art in the Park" wildflower art contest, held in conjunction with Wildflower Weekend, has also been canceled. Any artwork that has already been submitted will be returned to the artist as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Wildflower Weekend and youth art contest coordinator Mara Meisel at mara_meisel@nps.gov.

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 open to all K-12 students in the following counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, 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. Artwork should not be mounted, matted, or framed.

(CANCELED) To participate, download the entry form and follow the rules below:

Overview and Rules PDF (66 KB)

Entry Form PDF (79 KB)

Native Wildflower Checklist PDF (150 KB)


Last updated: March 31, 2020

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