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2013 Invasive Species Awareness Month Poster Contest for 4th and 5th Graders

Protect the Places Where You Play -
Keep Invasives Out!!

June is Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM) in Wisconsin. This year, 4th and 5th grade students are once again invited to participate in the Invasive Species Awareness Month poster contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, Department of Natural Resources and Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin. Children are challenged to create full color or black and white, original, posters of invasive species.

The goal of the poster contest is to increase awareness of invasive species and teach people how to prevent the spread of invasives.

Entries must be postmarked by April 29, 2013.

Read through the contest rules below then use the Teacher’s Toolkit to get started. Go over this information together in the classroom. Then ask students to create a poster about one or more invasive species and ways we can keep invasive species out of the places we play -- lakes, shorelands, woodlands, and grasslands.

Children can also be given the contest information to do on their own time. Ask children to refer to this page for contest rules and to learn more about the habits of plants and animals that invade Wisconsin’s habitats on the EEK! Alien Invaders page.

Please note that our contest includes both invasive plants and animals!


The first-prize winner will receive a free family membership to the Natural Resources Foundation and a free field trip for the winner and their family.

Winners will be honored during the Invasive Species Awareness Month awards ceremony on June 11 at Olbrich Gardens in Madison along with other “Invader Crusaders” from around the state. Their artwork will be prominently displayed at the Capitol during the month of June and on the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species website.

Contest Rules:
  • Posters must be no larger than 8 1/2 x 14 inches in size and be the original artwork created by a student in 4th or 5th grade.
  • Entries may be done in crayon, marker, acrylic or poster paint. Computers may be used for the text.
  • Entries must contain the name of the plant or animal (common and/or scientific name), and at least part of the slogan “Protect the Places Where You Play - Keep Invasives Out” on the front.
  • Posters may contain more than one invasive species.
  • Children may submit more than one poster.
  • Entries must have the child’s full name, age and grade on the back.
  • If completed through school include the following on the back: teacher’s name, school name, telephone number and address
  • If completed at home or by home school include the following on the back: parent or guardian’s name, telephone number and address.

If you have questions, please e-mail All submissions must be postmarked by Monday, April 29, 2013.

Mail entries to: Invasive Species Awareness Month, WDNR - ER/6, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921

Please do not fold entries when mailing them.

All entries become the property of the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council and will NOT be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included.

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