Arimo junior high school student Crystal Clark was the Idaho winner in the second annual Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest.
All the state winners for the Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest were recognized at the State-Fish Art Expo at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 2-4. A massive art display featured all the winning artwork and an Award Ceremony on June 3 acknowledged the young artists. Other scheduled events include fishing, cooking, and art demonstrations, a Sega Bass Fishing videogame competition, and fun stageshow games for kids.
A panel of judges including legendary fishing enthusiast Babe Winkelman, WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby, Federal Duck Stamp winning artist Phil Scholer, and renowned wildlife photographer Karen Hollingsworth, judged the artwork.
For the Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest, young artists nationwide create an illustration of their state fish and a written composition on its behavior, habitat, or efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized by grade level: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. To use art as a "medium" for teaching conservation education, teachers across the country have received information on the contest and a full-color State Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan which is specific to aquatic natural resources and includes extensive background information, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a thorough glossary, and suggested quiz questions and student worksheets.
Wildlife Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving America's heritage with more than 70,000 members nationwide. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to "in the ground" efforts. Wildlife Forever values and funds research, habitat restoration and enhancement, management, and land acquisition. However, according to Doug Grann, Wildlife Forever's President & CEO, "Wildlife Forever strongly believes conservation education will ultimately determine the future of our wildlife heritage. The Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest is an innovative and fun way to introduce America's youth to the wonders of the natural world."