All Youth Contest entries are first submitted to the Connecticut Youth Chair, who will choose winners and forward them on as potential National winners. The State-level submission deadlines for each year’s contests are usually by mid-January. See Guidelines below for instructions. Contact Dottie Fox, FGCCT Youth Chair, for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in first through fifth grades may enter the Smokey Bear/ Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Through original drawings, students have the opportunity to show their basic understanding of fire prevention and conservation. The Grand Prize National Poster Winner receives a trip for four to Washington DC. This contest has been offered by NGC and the United States Forest Service for over 50 years. Smokey Bear has been dealing with fire prevention since 1944 because 99% of all wildfires are caused by human carelessness. Woodsy Owl has promoted environmental conservation through the 4 R’s- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (Compost) since 1971.
The 2021 Poster Contest is dedicated to Woodsy Owl’s 50th birthday! Woodsy Owl says: Lend a Hand – Care for the Land! and Give a Hoot – Don’t Pollute!
The Youth Sculpture Contest encourages students to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving the environment. Students in grades 4 through 8 are eligible to create a sculpture of recyclable, reused, and reduced materials.
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The National Garden Club’s Poetry Contest is open to students in Kindergarten through ninth grade. This competition enables youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing. All of the winning entries will be compiled into a booklet, which will be made available to the winners.
High School Students may enter the Essay Contest. The 2020-2021 subject is “Adapting our Actions to Protect our Natural Habitats.” Length of the essay is 600-700 words. National winner receives a $1,000 National Garden Club scholarship.
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From funding the construction of a beautiful children’s garden to forming programs to battle invasive plants, National Garden Clubs is full of leaders with a desire to improve our world. To acknowledge those who strive to achieve our mission and share our vision for a more beautiful tomorrow, NGC has established awards to recognize the contribution of those who have put forth endless effort to educate youth on the importance of gardening and horticulture, those who tirelessly work to grow club memberships, those who passionately strive to help their community locally and globally and many more.
Teaming with Scouts, NGC has adopted a Scout Wildflower Patch to educate children not only about wildflowers, but also native plants. Local garden clubs can work with Scout Troops through hands-on experiences. Troops may sow native plants and/or wildflowers either indoors or outdoors in their own yards or community gardens. The individual garden club may create their own wildflower patch design with the Troop or use Florida’s Wildflower Patch (available FREE to troops that do not wish to invest in their own patches).
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Youth programs are designed to:
We encourage you, through your garden clubs, to sponsor youth groups of ages 3 through teen years. Through the positive experiences provided, garden clubs can instill children with pleasure, curiosity and respect for the natural world around them. Gardening activities will build self-confidence and a greater appreciation of our environment. Let’s share our knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm as we ignite that spark of interest and love of gardening in children. For what child can ever resist the sheer fun of “digging in the dirt”!
NGC’s Environmental Concerns and Conservation Committee invites you to become an Ecology Warrior as you investigate and study the contents of its Ecology Warriors Workbook. In the coming months of 2021, the FGCCT Youth Activities Chair will review one natural resource in each issue of the workbook and suggest project ideas to teach children about each natural resource. We hope that your club with take advantage of this information for your youth programs. Nesting Ball Project
Garden Clubs members may establish projects or encourage NGC Youth Contest entries without having an officially sponsored Youth Group. Involve your local Scout group or other community youth group or your children’s school class and have some fun sharing your gardening knowledge. Consider approaching these or other organizations, such as community libraries, to ask if there are any garden or nature projects that could use garden club help. For more ideas about Youth Gardening Projects from National Garden Clubs, click here.
National Garden Clubs has announced a new grant opportunity up to $200 for clubs working with youth to plant pollinator gardens. See the application below