Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to share in the celebration of 20 years of wildlife art and conservation by participating in the 20th anniversary Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

This year’s competition theme, “The Future of Georgia’s Wildlife is in YOUR Hands,” showcases how students can make a difference for nongame wildlife and plants in Georgia. The postmark deadline for entries is March 22.

The contest is open to all kindergarten through fifth grade students in public schools, private schools and home-school groups.

Participants enter at the local school-level with drawings that depict their observations of Georgia’s native plants and animals. Top school-level entries proceed to the state contest at the State Botanical Garden ofGeorgia in Athens. First-, second- and third-place winners are chosen there for four divisions: kindergarten; first and second grade; third and fourth grade; and fifth grade.

These top 12 winners will be featured in the 2010-2011 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest calendar. All state-level contest entries will be on display at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens on April5-19.

With the environmental movement on the rise, students are more aware of what their actions mean for the world. This year’s anniversary contest celebrates the past 20 years of wildlife art and conservation, while

also emphasizing what students can do to better the world for wildlife and plants.

Visit www.georgiawildlife.com (click the “Get Involved” tab) or www.uga.edu/botgarden for contest rules, entry forms and further

information about the 20th anniversary Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Those interested may also call Nongame Conservation Section offices in Social Circle (770-761-3035), Forsyth (478-994-1438) or Brunswick (912-264-7218).