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Save the Redwoods League Launches Art Contest to Encourage Kids and First Lady to Protect Redwoods

Artwork by Kevin, Audubon Elementary School, Foster City, California, 2010 I Love Redwoods Art Contest, First Place Winner Ages 10-13

The Save the Redwoods League art contest uniquely combines creative writing, civic participation, art and science, while encouraging students and the First Lady to protect redwood forestlands, said Jennifer Benito, outreach director for Save the Redwoods

Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced the start of its second annual redwoods art contest for kids.

K–12 students across the nation are invited to create a postcard illustrating what they love most about a redwood park or reserve while helping Save the Redwoods League raise awareness of the redwood forest. Students can draw, paint or sketch their way toward a chance to win fabulous redwoods prizes while learning about the tallest and some of the oldest and largest living beings on Earth. The League’s Dear First Lady Michelle Obama: I Love Redwoods Art Contest is a simple way to encourage America’s students to have fun, connect with nature and help protect one of our country’s natural wonders.

“The Save the Redwoods League art contest uniquely combines creative writing, civic participation, art and science, while encouraging students and the First Lady to protect redwood forestlands,” said Jennifer Benito, outreach director for Save the Redwoods League, “This contest is a wonderful way to encourage children to have fun, be creative, connect with nature and help protect a natural wonder.”

Contestants compete in the following three grade categories: K–3, 4–8 and 9–12. Winners will be announced via email and on the League’s website. All postcards will be mailed to the First Lady at the end of the contest after the winners have been selected on November 18. The winning entries will be showcased in League publications or they will be featured on our website. No fee is required to enter the contest. Entry forms are available at SaveTheRedwoods.org/artcontest.

All entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to Save the Redwoods League, 114 Sansome Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, California, 94104, Attn: Redwoods Art Contest by October 14, 2011, 5 p.m. US Pacific Time. No late submissions will be accepted.

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

About Save the Redwoods League
Walk through a redwood forest—home of the tallest, largest, and some of the oldest living beings on Earth—and you can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of awe and peace among these magnificent giants. Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has led the effort to protect the coast redwoods and giant sequoias for all to experience and enjoy. To date the League has completed the purchase of more than 189,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org, or to receive monthly email updates, sign up at SaveTheRedwoods.org/signup.

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