Wildlife Art Contest for Children and Teens

The Macon County Conservation District invites children and teens to participate in a county-wide Wildlife Art Contest this spring.

Students in grades K-12 who either live or go to school in Macon County are encouraged to create an original work of two-dimensional art in the medium of their choice (excluding photography) depicting native Illinois plant or animal wildlife in their natural habitat.  Examples of native wildlife could be bald eagles, songbirds, white-tailed deer, raccoons, bats, turtles, butterflies, prairie grass, oak trees, and much more.  Creativity is highly encouraged!

Entries will be divided into four categories, based on grade level:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
  • 3rd through 5th Grade
  • 6th through 8th Grade
  • 9th through 12th Grade

Macon County Conservation District staff will carefully consider all entries and choose a first, second, and third place winner in each age group.  Winners will have their art displayed at Rock Springs Nature Center from May through August 2022, and first place winners will also receive a $25 Blick gift card for art supplies.

Entries are due Monday, April 11, 2022.  To submit your entry, mail or deliver it to:

Rock Springs Nature Center
c/o Alysia Callison
3939 Nearing Lane,
Decatur, IL 62521

When submitting art, be sure to include the name of the artist and their guardian, as well as the artist’s age, grade, school (if applicable), and a phone number where the artist’s guardian can be reached, so we can properly credit the artist and inform those who win the contest.

Winners will be notified Wednesday, April 20.  For more information, contact Alysia Callison at (217) 423-7708 or [email protected]

“There are so many talented young artists in our community,” says Alysia Callison, Nature Center Manager at Rock Springs Nature Center. “It is our goal to encourage them to use their talents and explore the beauty of nature around them.”

“We look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with,” says Callison, “and we invite everyone to stop by and view the artwork during the exhibit from May through August.”