Entries Open For 2021 Nebraska Fish Art Contest, Pre-K Program Underway

LINCOLN – 2021 will be the second annual Nebraska Fish Art Contest. Entries are being accepted from grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Wildlife Forever, and Bass Pro Shops are sponsoring the event. The application closes on March 31, 2021. Go to www.statefishart.org, to enter into the contest.

This is a free international art and writing competition. It provides a platform for young people to showcase their talents. They also learn about fish and aquatic conservation. Prizes and recognition are on the line in Nebraska and internationally.

The artists create an original illustration of a fish from the Official Fish List. Then, they submit one-page of writing that details the fish’s habitat and conservation efforts for the species. The four grade levels include, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Judging will take place in April, with winners announced in May.

There will be specialty prizes awarded for the 2021 contest. The Fish Habitat Award, Western Native Trout Award, and Guy Harvey Award are set to be handed out next year.

The Fish Art contest had a great turnout for 2020. Another program offered through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is the “Nature Tails” event. “Nature Tails” is where an outdoor educator reads a children’s book over Zoom to pre-K children. This occurs every Tuesday until November 3.

Next Tuesday, October 20, will be about snakes. Bats will be the topic of the October 27 book. November 3 gives insights into mammals.

Join the weekly session via this link: bit.ly/NatureTails. A recorded version can be found at outdoornebraska.gov/onlineeducation for those that cannot attend live.

For more information about these programs and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, visit their Facebook page.