Kids can enter annual state fish art contest

Kids can enter annual state fish art contest Kids can learn more about their state's fish and conservation efforts by entering Wildlife Forever's second annual State-Fish Art Contest.

Wildlife Forever, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving America's wildlife heritage, is asking young artists nationwide to create a portfolio that includes an illustration of their state fish and a written composition on its behavior, habitat or efforts to conserve it.

State Game, Fish and Parks officials say the contest is an excellent opportunity to learn more about South Dakota's state fish, the walleye.

"This is an excellent educational connection for students," said Maggie Hachmeister, Education Services coordinator for the department. "Teachers can tie art, writing and science into one activity for their students. This fits well with the interdisciplinary approach being used by many school districts in the state.

Fisheries administrators agree. "Learning more about South Dakota's state fish should provide young anglers with a greater understanding of the walleyes life history," said Fisheries Administrator Dennis Unkenholz. "Hopefully, this learning will translate into more informed and successful anglers."

Entries are due March 31, 2000. The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2000 and will be displayed at the Second Annual State-Fish Art Expo at the Mall of America from June 2 through June 4, 2000.

Entries will be categorized by grade level: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Three winners from each state will be selected and invited to the Mall of America in Minneapolis to participate in a four-day State-Fish Expo. The expo will include an artist's workshop, fishing clinics and an awards banquet. Winning entries will be showcased on America Online and in the North American Fisherman magazine

For more information, call toll free (877) FISH-ART or visit the website at www.statefishart.com.

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