This art contest is a student competition that celebrates regional ecology through art! Through this program and the April art exhibit at Tamarack and online, students have the opportunity as community leaders to raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity and parks. Their works inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship. Participating students may also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development. 


Contest Rules:

  • Who can enter: All students in grades K through 12 from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, or Summers counties. Students do not have to enter through a school.
  • Medium: All entries must be an original work of art. Entry may be of any medium type (pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, glass, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, clay, paper, wood, etc.). Computer generated art or photography will NOT be accepted.
  • Wildflower species contest checklist: The wildflower/s depicted must be a species from the attached contest checklist.
  • NEW - Entry categories, size, and quantity: Students can enter in two categories, one piece as individual entry and/or one piece as part of an artistic team in the new Team Habitat Challenge. 


Rules for each entry category are described in the forms that follow. Details of contest rules, dates, judging, and award information can also be found at: www.nps.gov/neri/youth-arts-in-the-parks.htm.


Dates and Deadlines:

  • Image submission window: January 9 to February 7, 2018
  • Decision notification (sent via email): February 22, 2018
  • Delivery deadline for accepted work: March 8, 2018

Additional Questions:
contact contest coordinator by email jodi_french-burr@nps.gov or call 304-465-2632.


Contest Species Checklist

Sedge Family (Cyperaceae)

Fraser’s sedge , Carex fraseri

Arum Family (Araceae)

Jack-in-the-pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

Spiderwort Family (Commelinaceae)

Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Lily Family (Liliaceae)

Large-flowered bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora

Yellow trout lily, Erythronium americanum

False Solomon’s seal, Smilacina racemosa

Fairy bells, Disporum lanuginosum

Solomon’s seal, Polygonatum biflorum

Nodding trillium, Trillium cernuum

Red/ill-scented trillium, Trillium erectum

Large-flowered trillium, Trillium grandiflorum

Painted trillium , Trillium undulatum

Iris Family (Iridaceae)

Crested iris, Iris cristata

Orchis Family (Orchidaceae

Pink lady’s slipper, Cypripedium acaule

Large yellow lady’s slipper, Cypripedium pubescens

Showy orchis, Orchis spectabilis

Lizard’s Tail Family (Saururaceae)

Lizard’s tail, Saururus cernuus

Birthwort Family (Aristolochiaceae)

Wild ginger, Asarum canadense

Dutchman’s pipe, Aristolochia macrophylla

Purslane Family (Portulacaceae)

Spring beauty, Claytonia virginica

Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae)

Great chickweed, Stellaria pubera

Fire pink, Silene virginica

Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Hooked crowfoot, Ranunculus recurvatus

Rue anemone, Anemonella thalictroides

Hepatica, Hepatica nobilis

Wood anemone, Anemone quinquefolia

Wild columbine, Aquilegia canadensis

Dwarf larkspur, Delphinium tricorne

Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis

Barberry Family (Berberidaceae)  

May-apple, Podophyllum peltatum

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia dipylla

Blue cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides

Magnolia Family (Magnoliaceae)

Umbrella magnolia, Magnolia tripetala

Tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera

Custard Apple Family (Annonaceae)

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba

Laurel Family (Lauraceae)

White sassafras, Sassafras albidum

Poppy Family (Papaveraceae)         

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Fumitory Family (Fumariaceae)

Squirrel corn, Dicentra canadensis

Dutchman’s breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

Mustard Family (Cruciferae)

Cutleaf toothwort, Dentaria laciniata

Orpine Family (Crassulaceae)

Wild stonecrop , Sedum ternatum

Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)

Early saxifrage , Saxifraga virginiensis

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

Miterwort/bishop’s cap , Mitella diphylla

Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Common serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea

Wild black cherry, Prunus serotina

Purse Family (Leguminosae)

Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Black locust, Robinia pseudo-acacia

Wood Sorrel Family (Oxalidaceae)

Great yellow wood sorrel, Oxalis grandis

Geranium Family (Genaniaceae)

Wild geranium, Geranium maculatum

Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae)

Poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans

Holly Family (Aquifoliaceae)

American holly, Ilex opaca

Maple Family (Aceraceae)

Striped maple, Acer pensylvanicum

Horse-chestnut Family (Hippocastanaceae)

Yellow buckeye, Aeculus octandra

Violet Family (Violaceae)

Common blue violet, Viola papilionacea

Halberd-leaf yellow violet, Viola hastata

Downy yellow violet, Viola pubescens

Canada violet, Viola canadensis

Long-spurred violet, Viola rostrata

Sour Gum Family (Nyssaceae)

Black gum, Nyssa sylvatica

Ginseng Family (Araliaceae)

Dwarf ginseng, Panax trifolius

Carrot Family (Umbelliferae)

Hairy sweet cicely, Osmorhiza claytoni

Golden alexander, Zizia aurea

Dogwood Family (Cornaceae)

Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida

Wintergreen Family (Pyrolaceae)

Spotted wintergreen, Chimaphila maculata

Indian pipe, Monotropa uniflora

Heath Family (Ericaceae)

Great rhododendron, Rhododendron maximum

Catawba rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense

Flame azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum

Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum

Trailing arbutus, Epigaea repens

Lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium

Diapensia Family (Diapensiaceae)

Galax, Galax aphylla

Primrose Family (Primulaceae)

Fringed loosestrife, Lysimachia ciliata

Storax Family (Styracaceae)

Carolina silverbells, Halesia carolina

Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae)

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa

Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Polemonium Family (Polemoniaceae)

Moss phlox, Phlox subulata

Wild blue phlox, Phlox divaricata

Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae)

Appendaged waterleaf, Hydrophyllum appendiculatum

Borage Family (Boraginaceae)

Smaller forget-me-not, Myosotis laxa

Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica

Mint Family (Labiatae)

Hairy skullcap, Scutellaria elliptica

Lyre-leaved sage, Salvia lyrata

Bee balm/oswego tea, Monarda didyma

Hoary mountain-mint, Pycnanthemum incanum

Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae)

Foxglove beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis

Culver’s-root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Winged monkey-flower, Mimulus alatus

Common lousewort/wood betony, Pedicularis canadensis

Smooth yellow foxglove, Aureolaria flava

Madder Family (Rubiaceae)

Common bedstraw, Galium aparine

Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis

Partridgeberry, Mitchella repens

Bluets, Houstonia caerulea

Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae)

Hobblebush, Viburnum alnifolium

Red elderberry, Sambucus pubens

Composite Family (Compositae)

Daisy fleabane, Erigeron strigosus

Golden ragwort, Senecio aureus


Art subject: Entry must be inspired by a native blooming Appalachian wildflower from the contest checklist. If a background is included in the piece, it should be representative of the plant’s natural habitat (local forest, river edge, or field) and in the appropriate blooming season. Multiple plants may be incorporated into the piece, but all blooms included must be from the contest list. The blossom should be the focal point of the piece, though appropriate wildlife from the same habitat may be included in the art. It is inappropriate for contest entries to include wildflowers in a pot, picked bouquets, flowers on a bridge or roadway, or with domestic animals.

Medium: All entries must be an original work of art. Entry may be of any medium type (pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, glass, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, clay, paper, wood, etc.). Computer generated art or photography will NOT be accepted as art entry medium.

Size: two-dimensional art size 8” x 10” ONLY (portrait or landscape in orientation) OR three-dimensional art sized between 4” and 18” square. Do NOT frame or mat art.

Quantity: Each student can enter one piece in this individual art category. Upload image of your contest entry here. Multiple images of this entry is permissible for the purpose of showing fine details. Image submissions must be in .JPG format. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Please title your individual entry as individual_grade_Lastname_Title (EXAMPLE: individual_6_Smith_StarFlower). Be sure to include title, medium, and brief description in the corresponding Submittable text boxes. 


Art subject: Grades K - 2 challenge > Pollinator Pals: show contest wildflower with appropriate common pollinator, like a bee, butterfly, ant, hummingbird, etc. 

Entry must be inspired by a native blooming Appalachian wildflower from the contest checklist. If a background is included in the piece, it should be representative of the plant’s natural habitat (local forest, river edge, or field) and in the appropriate blooming season. Multiple plants may be incorporated into the piece, but all blooms included must be from the contest list. 

Medium: All entries must be an original work of art. Entry may be of any medium type (pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, glass, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, clay, paper, wood, etc.). Computer generated art or photography will NOT be accepted as art entry medium.

SIZE: two-dimensional art size 11” x 14” ONLY. Do NOT frame or mat art.

Quantity: Two K - 2nd grade students team together in a contest grade-group pair to create ONE entry for this grade-group's teaching topic: Pollinator Pals. NOTE: study up on your teaching topic to ensure your team art includes appropriate details of your wildflower and its role in the ecosystem. This will help others learn more about nature through your art.

Upload image of your team contest entry here. Multiple images of entry is permissible for the purpose of showing fine details. Image submissions must be in .JPG format. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Please title your team entry as team_grade/s_Lastname/s_Title (EXAMPLE: team_K&1_Smith&Davis_StarFlower). Be sure to include title, medium, and brief description in the corresponding Submittable text boxes. 


Art subject: Grades 3 - 5 challenge > Powerful Petals: show all parts of a contest wildflower, root to tip. Include roots, stem, leaves, sepals, and blossoms. Habitat immediately surrounding the plant may also be included in the piece.

Entry must be inspired by a native blooming Appalachian wildflower from the contest checklist. If a background is included in the piece, it should be representative of the plant’s natural habitat (local forest, river edge, or field) and in the appropriate blooming season. Multiple plants may be incorporated into the piece, but all blooms included must be from the contest list. 

Medium: All entries must be an original work of art. Entry may be of any medium type (pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, glass, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, clay, paper, wood, etc.). Computer generated art or photography will NOT be accepted.

SIZE: two-dimensional art size 11” x 14” ONLY. Do NOT frame or mat art.

Quantity: Two 3 - 5 grade students team together in a contest grade-group pair to create ONE entry for this grade-group's teaching topic: Powerful Petals. NOTE: study up on your teaching topic to ensure your team art includes appropriate details of your wildflower and its role in the ecosystem. This will help others learn more about nature through your art.

Upload image of your team contest entry here. Multiple images of entry is permissible for the purpose of showing fine details. Image submissions must be in .JPG format. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Please title your team entry as team_grade/s_Lastname/s_Title (EXAMPLE: team_3&4_Smith&Davis_StarFlower). Be sure to include title, medium, and brief description in the corresponding Submittable text boxes. 


Art subject: Grade 6 - 8 challenge > Leaving Legacy: make an educational poster using contest wildflower to teach the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics principle of “Leave What You Find” (these four words MUST be included in poster). 

Entry must be inspired by a native blooming Appalachian wildflower from the contest checklist. If a background is included in the piece, it should be representative of the plant’s natural habitat (local forest, river edge, or field) and in the appropriate blooming season. Multiple plants may be incorporated into the piece, but all blooms included must be from the contest list. 

Medium: All entries must be an original work of art. Entry may be of any medium type (pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, glass, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, clay, paper, wood, etc.). Computer generated art or photography will NOT be accepted.

SIZE: two-dimensional art size 11” x 14” ONLY. Do NOT frame or mat art.

Quantity: Two 6 - 8 grade students team together in a contest grade-group pair to create ONE entry for this grade-group's teaching topic: Leaving Legacy. NOTE: study up on your teaching topic to ensure your team art includes appropriate details of your wildflower and its role in the ecosystem. This will help others learn more about nature through your art.

Upload image of your team contest entry here. Multiple images of entry is permissible for the purpose of showing fine details. Image submissions must be in .JPG format. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Please title your team entry as team_grade/s_Lastname/s_Title (EXAMPLE: team_7&8_Smith&Davis_StarFlower). Be sure to include title, medium, and brief description in the corresponding Submittable text boxes. 

Art subject: Grades 9 - 12 challenge > Habitat Happenings: show a detailed look of a contest wildflower in its appropriate habitat. Select one of the following local habitats: mixed mesophytic forest, mountain stream/river, or Appalachian flatrock community 

Entry must be inspired by a native blooming Appalachian wildflower from the contest checklist. The appropriate habitat background must be included in this piece, it should be representative of the plant’s natural habitat (mixed mesophytic forest, mountain stream/river, or Appalachian flatrock community) and in the appropriate blooming season. Multiple plants may be incorporated into the piece, but all blooms included must be from the contest list. 

Medium: All entries must be an original work of art. Entry may be of any medium type (pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, glass, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, clay, paper, wood, etc.). Computer generated art or photography will NOT be accepted.

SIZE: two-dimensional art size 18” x 24” ONLY. Do NOT frame or mat art. 

Quantity: Two 9 - 12 grade students team together in a contest grade-group pair to create ONE entry for this grade-group's teaching topic: Habitat Happenings. NOTE: study up on your teaching topic to ensure your team art includes appropriate details of your wildflower and its role in the ecosystem. This will help others learn more about nature through your art.

Upload image of your team contest entry here. Multiple images of entry is permissible for the purpose of showing fine details. Image submissions must be in .JPG format. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Please title your team entry as team_grade/s_Lastname/s_Title (EXAMPLE: team_10&11_Smith&Davis_StarFlower). Be sure to include title, medium, and brief description in the corresponding Submittable text boxes.