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2020 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest

What This Program Is All About: 

Youth Arts in the Parks is a student competition that celebrates 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.

The Youth Arts in the Parks program is part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, a special event that celebrates the area’s diverse ecology. New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the West Virginia state parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort partner to host this public event the last full weekend of April. 

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 art 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. Some wildflower photographs are available online as reference, though these works are not to be traced or copied. A limited number of wildflower photograph reference binders are available for free loan to teachers. To sign out a binder or if you have a species or challenge question, contact or call 304-465-2632.
  • 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 Team Habitat Challenge. 

Specific rules for each category are described in the forms that follow. Details of contest rules, dates, judging, and award information are also availale at:

2020 Contest Dates and Deadlines:

  • image submission window: January 6 to February 9, 2020
  • Decision notification (sent via email): February 25, 2020
  • Delivery deadline of accepted work: March 10, 2020 

Questions: Contact contest coordinator Jodi at 304-465-2632 or

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

Partridge berry, 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