Over 1800 Iowa students, ranging from Kindergarten to grade 12, participated in this year's Iowa Department of Natural Resources "Take It Outside" Art Contest. Entries showcased children enjoying their favorite natural places in Iowa from prairies and forests to lakes and streams.
South Tama Elementary student Molly Savage was the awarded Most Creative Category II: Grades 3-5 in the poster contest!.Molly received a certificate of participation. Her artwork will be displayed in the DNR building during the Iowa State Fair.
This year art contest participants were asked to portray their favorite natural place to "take it outside". They were asked to show what makes the place special to them. From hiking, fishing, hunting, reading under a tree to bird watching, lying in the grass, and climbing trees this year's participants showed us the wonderful ways they like to enjoy Iowa's natural resources!
Iowa is abundant with wonderful natural resources and natural areas are found throughout the state. Natural places can be public, such as state parks and recreations areas, or private, such as farms and backyards. Regardless of size or location, natural places connect us to the outdoors and enrich our lives.