The National Park Service in Fayette County is right in the middle of accepting entries for their Youth Arts In The Parks, 2018 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. Students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers Counties are eligible to submit their artwork. The theme this year is native flowers and participants can draw, paint or even make a 3D model.
“It’s a really neat project because what it does is get kids out in the backyard, in the park looking at flower, really exploring the ecology here a little deeper. There’s approximately twelve hundred species of plants here in the gorge and this kind of dials kids in and gives them something to focus on and look and see what we really have in the backyard,” Park Ranger, Leah Perkowski-Sisk, said.
Finalists will be awarded and will have their artwork on display at Tamarack and online. The deadline for submissions are on Feb. 7, 2018. For more information on how you can be a part of this contest you can visit https://www.nps.gov/wv/.