Invasive Species Action Week - Youth Art Contest

2023 contest details coming in February.

Deadline May 1, 2023.

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.

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 For files greater than 10MB, contact for instructions. 

Please check back for 2023 submission information. 

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.

photo of a previous years' winner - Don't Pack a Pest
"Unite to Fight Invasive Species!"
2022 Invasive Species Program Choice Award Winner
by Ashley Te