Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest



First through fifth grade students are invited to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl, their understanding of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

The Grand Prize National Poster Contest Winner will win round trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, D.C.  NGC will award $50.00 to each of the First Place national winners in all five grades.

Smokey Bear posters must be based upon and include Smokey’s fire prevention message:  “Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires!”

Woodsy Owl Posters must be based upon and include Woodsy’s conservation message: 
“Lend a Hand – Care for the Land!” 

For complete rules, visit http://www.gardenclub.org/youth/youth-contests.aspx
Deadline: January 15
Chairman: Bernie Wood 
wood97603@q.com


Many Oregonians experienced smoke and fire across the state this past summer. Many acres of our forests, grasslands, and croplands, as well as homes, were destroyed. Lightning, human carelessness, and arson started many of these tragic fires.

It is imperative that we, as Oregon residents and garden club members, promote Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Posters with our youth in 1st through 5th grades, in order to educate the young about the importance of fire safety and conservation of our natural resources. We can do this through school classes, after school programs, and programs in other youth groups.

Needed information can be found on-line under youth contests on the National Garden Club website at www.gardenclub.org.  Here is some additional information you may find helpful.

Poster Rules

1.       All poster entrees must be sponsored by a local Garden Club. Go to National Garden Clubs Inc. or contact a local Garden Club Director to find local clubs.

2.      Posters must feature either Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl, and must not feature both together.

3.      Smokey Bear posters must be based upon and include, Smokey’s fire prevention message: "Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires!". Woodsy Owl posters must be based upon and include, Woodsy’s conservation message: "Lend a Hand – care for the Land!"

4.      The posters should encourage children to take a personal role in preventing wildfires or conserving natural resources.

5.        Entry should be 11 x 17 inches in size.

6.       Materials that can be used include: crayons, markers, poster paints, water colors, etc.

7.        No three-dimensional posters, computer scanned, or electronically generated images will be accepted!

8.       Put the following information on the back of the poster in the lower-right corner: the artist’s name and grade, the name of the sponsoring local garden club, and the name, address, phone number, and email of the contact at the local garden club (such as the Club President or the Youth Chair). If it is permissible, please include the teacher’s name, and the address, phone number, and email address for the artist and/or their parent or guardian. Be cautious if using a dark marker as it may show through. This information may be either written directly on the back of the poster or written on a separate sheet of paper that is then pasted in place.

9.       Posters are to be completed by individual student artists. Competition may include students from 1st to 5th grade.

10.     The local Garden Club chair for the Smokey and Woodsy poster contest must submit the poster contest entries no later than January 15, 2017 to his or her State Chair for the Woodsy and Smokey poster contest.

11.      The State Garden Club Chair must submit the five winning posters from his or her State to their Regional Garden Clubs Inc for the Smokey and Woodsy poster contest by February 14, 2017.

Poster Tips
1.       A good poster has a bold and simple design.

2.      Its message is delivered both in the picture and the slogan.

3.      Its message is easily understood.

4.      Posters are to be completed by individual student artists. Competition may include students from 1st to 5th grade.

5.      Posters will be judged 20 percent each for originality, design, slogan, artwork, and overall effectiveness of the message.

Poster Rights – All entries will become property of the U. S. Forest Service. Posters will not be returned to contestants. The U. S. Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc., may use the poster artwork for national educational materials and outreach.