Art Contest Aims to Connect Youth with Nature Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors


Bay Area agencies and the international Get to Know Program are working together to encourage youth to connect with nature through the 2013 Get to Know Contest. The goal of the contest is to engage the power of art to help youth connect with nature. The contest invites youth (19 years and under) to get outdoors and submit works of art, writing, photography, video or music inspired by their natural world.

The Get to Know Contest is being launched throughout the United States this spring with special events throughout the country. Locally, view youth artwork and contest information at the Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival, to be held June 22 at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, Fremont.

The East Bay Regional Park District, US Forest Service, National Park Service, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (Operating Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge) support the contest in the Bay Area. Look for related programs and activities offered by each agency. In addition, any entries from Alameda or Contra Costa counties will be included in a special online gallery sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District.

“The East Bay Regional Park District is proud to participate in the Get to Know Program, encouraging youth to learn about wildlife,” said Park District Board President John Sutter. “We’re looking forward to seeing the creativity of Bay Area youth.”

Art, writing, photography, video and music entries may be submitted online at until November 1, 2013. View entries online in the Get to Know Gallery during the entire contest run. Contest winners will receive prizes, including art supplies, books, outdoor gear and cameras.


About the Get to Know Program

For fourteen years, the Get to Know Program has connected hundreds of thousands of young people with nature by encouraging them to “get to know” their wild neighbors. The program provides youth with direct, hands-on learning opportunities through cutting-edge educational initiatives based on current research and developed in conjunction with leading educators. The Get to Know Program envisions a continent-wide shift in thinking, towards an understanding that conserving biodiversity is our shared responsibility. By encouraging young people to regard other species as important members of their community, we are working to restore the link between youth and the environment, and foster the next generation of passionate environmental stewards. Learn more at

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