Invasive Species Action Week - Youth Art Contest

2022 Theme: Unite to Fight Invasive Species!

Deadline extended to April 15!

Invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are not native to an environment, and that once introduced, establish, quickly reproduce and spread, and harm the environment, economy, or human health. Invasive species spread in many ways, and everyone has a part to play to stop them from spreading. By learning how to identify invasive species, taking preventative actions, and being a “citizen scientist” and reporting them, we are all working together to stop their spread.

Create an original piece showing how Californians can work together and “Unite to Fight Invasive Species!” Examples include: a poster describing how to identify a particular species; a public service announcement encouraging pet owners not to release pets; a brochure with instructions for cleaning your boats, boots, or gear. Be creative!

All types of media are welcome and encouraged: drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, animations, comic strips, videos, audio – send it all! Please send entries electronically only as a scan or photo (if that is not possible, contact invasives@wildlife.ca.gov). For files greater than 10MB, contact Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov for instructions. Deadline -  April 15, 2022.

Submit your entry here.

The art contest is open to grades 2 – 12. Entries will be placed into three grade divisions (2 – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – 12) with three winners selected from each division. Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will select one entry to receive the Invasive Species Program Choice Award. Winners will be notified and announced on CDFW’s Facebook page during California Invasive Species Action Week in June and receive a certificate and prize.

Helpful Resources

Thank you to Art Contest Prize donors: "Don't Pack a Pest" campaign, "Buy It Where You Burn It" campaign, State Parks, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, California Invasive Plant Council.

art contest poster
"Be an Invasive Species Detective"
2021 Invasive Species Program Choice Award Winner
by Megan Chow