Save the Redwoods League Launches Redwood Art Contest to Encourage Students and the President to Protect Redwoods

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Entries for Dear President Obama: I Love Redwoods contest due April 30, 2010

Save the Redwoods League launches redwood art contest to encourage students and the President to protect redwoods.

The League challenges K-12 students from across the country to create a postcard illustrating what inspires them most about redwood forests, with a short note to President Obama about why he should care about redwoods on the back side of the card.

Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, announced today a free nationwide redwood art contest for kids to support awareness and protection of redwood forests. The League challenges K-12 students from across the country to create a postcard illustrating what inspires them most about redwood forests, with a short note to President Obama about why he should care about redwoods on the back side of the card.

“Save the Redwoods League’s redwood art contest combines creative writing, civic participation, art and science, while encouraging students and the President to protect redwood forests,” said Jennifer Benito, outreach director of Save the Redwoods League. “This contest is a way to encourage America’s students to have fun, connect with nature and help protect one of our country’s most iconic natural wonders.”

The League is now accepting redwood art contest submissions from students in three age categories: ages 5-9, ages 10-13 and ages 14-18. Contest information and official entry forms are available at SaveTheRedwoods.org/ArtContest. Contestants can also request an entry form by calling 415-362-2352 or emailing education(at)savetheredwoods.org.

All postcard submissions and completed contest entry forms must be postmarked or hand-delivered to Save the Redwoods League, 114 Sansome Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, California, 94104, Attn: Redwoods Art Contest, by April 30, 2010, 5 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time.

Prizes include:

Ages 5 – 9

  •     1st Prize: A family tour for four of Muir Woods’ Secret Places, Muir Woods National Monument
  •     2nd Prize: A Osprey sports backpack filled with outdoor gear
  •     3rd Prize: A telescope and a signed copy of Redwoods by Jason Chin

Ages 10 – 13

  •     1st Prize: A tour for four of the General Sherman Tree, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
  •     2nd Prize: A Osprey sports backpack filled with outdoor gear
  •     3rd Prize: A telescope and a signed copy of Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

Ages 14 – 18

  •     1st Prize: A tour for four at Moro Rock, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
  •     2nd Prize: A sporty Osprey messenger bag filled with outdoor gear
  •     3rd Prize: A telescope and a redwood seedling planted in winner’s honor

Contest prizes are generously donated by Landis Communications, Inc., Osprey Packs, Inc., Muir Woods National Monument and California Lithographers.

Winners will be announced via e-mail and on the League’s Web site, savetheredwoods.org, in late May. All postcards will be mailed to the President at the end of the contest after the winners have been selected. Winning entries will be showcased in the League’s publications and e-cards, or on the League’s Web site.

Editors please, note: For high-res images or interviews with Jennifer Benito, director of outreach, Save the Redwoods League, please contact Jennifer Benito at (415) 820-5814/ jbenito(at)SaveTheRedwoods.org or Jessica Lee at (415) 359-2312/jessica(at)landispr.com.

About Save the Redwoods League
For more than 90 years, Save the Redwoods League has been dedicated to protecting the ancient redwood forests so all generations can experience the inspiration and majesty of redwoods. In 1850, there were nearly 2 million acres of ancient coast redwood forests in California. Today, less than 5 percent remains and faces threats from unsustainable logging practices, poorly planned development and global climate change. Since its founding in 1918, the League has completed the purchase of more than 187,000 acres of land. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org, or to receive monthly e-mail updates, sign up at SaveTheRedwoods.org.

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