Calling all K-12 artists!

Submission Age Categories: K-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12

Submissions Deadline: February 1, 2018

Theme: Pollinators


Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to all youth grades K-12, must be a Snohomish County or Camano Island student or resident
  • One entry per student
  • Artwork must not exceed 22”x 28”
  • Entry form must be completed with each submission

Winners will be announced and on display at the 2018 Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, February 10 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA Commercial Building #400.

Four winners will be announced in each age category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and People’s Choice.

After display at the Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, February 10, winning artwork will be displayed throughout the county in various public locales.

Of note: SCD staff will be careful to preserve artwork in its original condition when handling and transporting, but they are not responsible for any alterations or damages that might occur.

Full contest rules below. 

Questions? Please contact Laura Goff at 425-335-5634 x7018 or laura(at)snohomishcd.org.


Full Contest Rules

  • Winners will be announced and on display at the 2018 Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, February 10 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA Commercial Building #400.
  • Four winners will be announced in each age category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and People’s Choice.
  • After display at the Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, February 10, winning artwork will be displayed throughout the county in various public locales.
  • Of note: SCD staff will be careful to preserve artwork in its original condition when handling and transporting, but they are not responsible for any alterations or damages that might occur.

Submission guidelines:

  • Open to youth grades K-12, must be a Snohomish County or Camano Island student or resident. 
  • One entry per student.
  • Only new and original pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
  • Must be delivered or mailed directly to Snohomish Conservation District, Attention: Laura Goff 528 91st Ave NE Lake Stevens WA, 98258 no later than Thursday, February 1 at 5 p.m.
  • Print MAY NOT exceed 22” x 28” and 1/2” thickness, including matting.
  • Entry form must be completed in full and accompany each student’s submission.
  • Only work submitted following these guidelines will be juried.

These additional guidelines are recommended but not required:

  • Mount prints on rigid board for backing reinforcement and make sure it is ready to hang. 
  • Protect entries with transparent cellophane wrap or sleeve designed for artwork.

Plant Sale background: The Native Plant Sale is a one-day event that sells affordable, high-quality native plants to help promote their use on private lands. Native plants benefit the environment because they are adapted to our climate and provide vital habitat to native animals, including endangered ones. They are adapted to many of the native soil types in our area and generally flourish with minimal inputs (such as fertilizer or constant watering), and they protect our landscape from invasive species. Each plant we sell is another opportunity to restore and protect precious soil and water resources to benefit salmon, wildlife, humans, and pollinators. Learn more at www.theplantsale.org.

Why Pollinators: The theme of the 2018 Plant Sale is pollinators. Many native plants are pollinator friendly, providing vital habitat for pollinators that are native to the Pacific Northwest. According to The Xerces Society, “Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species.”

Pollinators are in decline* in many areas of the world so drawing attention to one thing we can do locally - planting more native plants, is one way we can make a difference.

 * A U.N.-sponsored report drawing on about 3,000 scientific papers concludes that about 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species (such as bees and butterflies) are facing extinction. NPR Article,  More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply  February, 26, 2016. http://n.pr/2A0WZGn