Alaska Fish Art Contest offers creative learning opportunity for school-age students

Release Date: Jan 22, 2021

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A landed salmon about to be eaten by a bear. JUNEAU, AK, Jan. 25, 2021 – The Wildlife Forever Fish Art™ contest returns to Alaska for another year to inspire students to discover the importance of the state’s fishery resources while promoting creative art and writing skills.


The Alaska-specific “Alaska Fish Heritage Award” is a part of the award-winning nationwide contest and is hosted by the USDA Forest Service Alaska Region in partnership with Wildlife Forever, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Region, Bass Pro Shops, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The annual contest reaches thousands of youth each year and Alaska students are encouraged to participate.


For the Alaska-specific award, students are asked to illustrate the state fish – a King (chinook) salmon. In addition, those in 4th grade and higher are asked to also submit an essay, poem, or creative writing piece about the importance of conserving the King (chinook) salmon habitat. Alternatively, students may choose to illustrate other fish from the Official Fish List to compete in other state and national categories.


Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide are encouraged to utilize Fish On!, the full-color Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked or emailed by Mar. 31, 2021. New distance learning resources allow students to participate from home or classroom and complement a wide array of educational programming.


“Salmon are an integral part of our lives here in Alaska,” said Alaska Regional Forester Dave Schmid. “Seeing the youth learn and explore fish, art, and conservation is inspiring.”


For specific contest instructions and criteria, download the official Alaska entry form at . You can also find more information at, the national Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® contest website.


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