Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors

Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors Contest

National partners the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, Association of Zoos & Aquariums, National Recreation and Park Association, Wildlife Habitat Council, Wildlife Forever, Outdoor Afro and the Get to Know Program are working together to encourage American youth to get outdoors and connect with nature through the 2012 Get to Know Contest. The contest invites young people to spend more time outdoors and submit original works of art, writing, photography, video or music inspired by the natural world.


Since it was started in 2000 by iconic Canadian artist Robert Bateman, the Get To Know Contest has inspired hundreds of thousands of Canadian children and youth to get outdoors and “get to know” their neighbors of other species. The contest launched in California in 2009, and is available to all youth across the United States this year. The theme for the 2012 Get to Know Contest is “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors,” in keeping with Robert Bateman’s belief that “getting to know our neighbors of other species begins right in our own backyard.”

Art, writing, photography, video and music entries can be submitted online at between April 7 - July 16, 2012. Entries will be available for viewing online during the contest run. Contest winners will receive prizes, including an opportunity to attend an Art and Nature Camp at a National Park in Canada (for youth age 12 and over), where they will be joined by contest winners from Canada. Winning entries will also be published in the 2013 Get to Know Contest Calendar.

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