Contest now underway invites young people to "get to know" their wild neighbors

In an unprecedented collaboration, over thirty major organizations have joined forces to invite young Americans to discover nature by entering the Robert Bateman "Get to Know" Contest. These partners include the Children & Nature Network, the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, the Wyland Foundation, and many others. The Get to Know Contest invites any American age 18 or younger to go outdoors, to "get to know" their wild neighbors, and then to share their experience by creating art, writing, or photography. Winners will receive wild prizes, including the publication of their work in a calendar, a weeklong stay in one of Canada's national parks, VIP invitations to special events, LA Dodgers tickets, a copy of Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods, and more.

The Get to Know Contest was started in 2000 by prominent Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, who believes that "caring for the planet begins with getting to know the names of our neighbors of other species." The contest has run annually in Canada for ten years, and launched in the US for the first time on September 26. The contest theme for this year is "forests," and entries will be accepted until November 30. To learn more and find out how to enter, visit

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