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Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contests

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry Service and National Garden Clubs, Incorporated invite first through fifth grade students to participate in the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Garden Club poster contest.

The National Grand prize winner will win a trip to Washington, DC for a recognition ceremony. The trip includes round-trip airfare and accommodations for four.

National Garden Clubs, Inc. will award a $100.00 Savings Bond to the national first place winner for each grade level category.

Smokey Bear’s Message is always the same,
“Only YOU Can prevent Wildfires!”

Woodsy Owl’s Message, “Lend a Hand-Care for the Land.” 

Deadline to State Youth Chairman NO later than Dec. 1st 

The 2019 National Poster Contest Winners Are Announced!

Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Contest winners were announced in May at the National Garden Clubs Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Grand Prize Winner:
4th Grade: Penny Atkinson
Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah

2018 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner Panny Atkinson

First Place Winners by grade level and their Sponsors are:

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  • 1st Grade: Ryan Woodbury
    Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 1st Grade Winner Ryan Woodbury
  • 2nd grade: Eleanor Pratt
    Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 2nd Grade Winner Eleanor Pratt
  • 3rd grade: Annaliese Spradley
    Sponsored by: the Magnolia Garden Club, Georgia
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 3rd Grade Winner Annaliese Spradley
  • 4th grade and Grand Prize winner: Penny Atkinson
    Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 4th Grade and Grand Prize Winner Penny Atkinson
  • 5th grade: Amanda Avitia
    Sponsored by: the Garden Club of Dearborn, Michigan
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 5th Grade Winner Amanda Avitia

Children from first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 2020 National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest! The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!

Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey’s message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.

Lend a Hand Care for the Land!

Lend a Hand, Care for the Land! Woodsy Owl is America’s icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to “Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!” and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.

Certificates and Entry Stickers

Certificates of Participation and Poster Entry Stickers can be requested for free by sending an email to symbols@fs.fed.us with your name, mailing address, and quantity of certificates and/or stickers you are requesting.

Click here to visit the US Forest Service Website

Documents

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Rules

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contestant Sticker Info.

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Flyer & Announcement

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Timeline

2020 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Local Chairman Report Form

2020 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Teachers and Students Outreach Local Chairman Report

2020 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Regional Chairman Detailed Report Form

2020 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest State Chairman Report Form

2020 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest State Chairman Detailed Report Form

 

 

 

 

Helpful Links

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Rules

1. All poster entrees must be sponsored by a local Garden Club.
2. Posters must feature Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl and must not feature both together.
3. Smokey Bear posters must include Smokey’s wildfire prevention message: Only you Can Prevent Wildfires!
4. Woodsy Owl posters must include Woodsy’s conservation message: Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!
5. Posters should encourage children to take a personal role in preventing wildfires or conserving natural resources.
6. Each entry should be 11 x 17 inches in size.
7. Materials that can be used include: crayons, markers, poster paints, water colors, etc.
8. The choice of paper color and texture is up to the child.
9. No three-dimensional posters, computer scanned, or electronically generated images will be accepted.
10. The following information should be written on the back of the poster in the lower-right corner:

  • a. The artist’s name, address, home phone number, grade level, school,
    teacher’s name, city, and state.
    b. Should school policy preclude giving students’ address and phone number, please include the school address and phone number.
    c. Each poster must also show the name of the sponsoring local Garden Club as well as an address, phone number, and email for the local Garden Club.
    (Do not use a dark marker for this information as it may show through.)

11. Posters are to be completed by individual student artists.  Competition may include students from first to fifth grade.
12. The Local Garden Club Chair must submit the poster entries to his or her state Chairman no later than January , 2020. The State Garden Club Chair must submit the five winning posters from his or her state to Regional Garden Club Chairman by February, 2020.
13. Since Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are official icons protected by law, the colors of their clothing need to be accurate.
14. Students should be reminded to check spelling. Posters with spelling efforts will be disqualified.  “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land”

Resources

For more information, contact:
Pat Smith, Chairman: Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest