Invasive Species Action Week - Youth Art Contest

2020 Theme: Be a Habitat Hero! Stop Invasive Species

Invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are not native to an environment, and once introduced, they establish, quickly reproduce and spread, and cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. Invasive species spread in various ways, including attaching to clothing or vehicles, or pets released by owners. Everyone can be a “Habitat Hero” and protect California by taking actions to stop invasive species from spreading.

Create an original piece showing the actions a “Habitat Hero” can take to protect your community by stopping the spread of invasive species. Examples include: a poster encouraging pet owners not to release pets; a public service announcement on a particular species; a video or brochure with instructions for cleaning your boats, boots, or gear. Be creative!

All types of media are welcome and encouraged: drawings, paintings, animations, comic strips, videos, audio – send it all! If you can’t send the entry itself (such as a sculpture or diorama), send us a photo or a scan. All entries must include a completed Entry Form (Word). Deadline extended to May 15, 2020! Emailed entries are welcome! Send to:

CDFW Invasive Species Program
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090


Entries will be placed into three grade divisions (2 – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – 12) and the top 3 winners will be selected from each division. One contestant will be selected by Department of Fish and Wildlife staff to receive the Invasive Species Program Choice Award.

Helpful Resources

Drawing of a rodent with whiskers and large teeth.

"Say No to Nutria" - 2019 Invasive Species Program Choice Award Winner by Cara Lee.