Teachers and students can celebrate Georgia wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 2013 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

Whether exploring their schoolyard or taking a field trip to a nearby park, students are encouraged to share their plant and animal discoveries through art in the 23rd annual conservation poster contest.

This year’s theme, “Everyone Can Be a Citizen Scientist,” encourages students to observe and record data about the natural world around them. Citizen science efforts such as projects BudBurst and FeederWatch offer the public a chance to contribute to scientific studies while learning about wildlife.

The poster contest focuses on Georgia’s nongame animals – those not legally fished for or hunted – and native plants. Students in grades K-5 in public schools, private schools and homeschool groups enter at the local school level with drawings of native nongame animals and plants.

The Give Wildlife a Chance competition is aimed at generating a greater knowledge and appreciation of Georgia’s diverse and increasingly threatened nongame wildlife and their habitats.

Entries in the state-level contest must be postmarked by March 27.

Sponsors include DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network (TERN), Nongame Conservation’s friends group.