Now in its 17th year in the United States, the Get to Know Contest is sponsored by the Wildlife Habitat Council, National Recreation and Park Association, WildlifeForever, and more than 50 other partners from coast to coast. The contest encourages youth (19 years of age and younger) to develop a deep appreciation for nature and biodiversity by getting outdoors and creating art, writing, digital photography, video, and music. Whether their outdoor experience begins with a single tree in a backyard or acres of boreal forest in a national park, youth can learn about and celebrate their local biodiversity by participating in the contest. Winners will receive a variety of “wild” prizes, including the chance to have their entries published in the 2016 Get to Know Calendar. For the art, writing, and photography categories, three winning entries will be chosen from each of the following grade ranges: Kindergarten to Grade 4, Grades 5 to 7, Grades 8 to 10, and Grades 11 to 12. For the video and music categories, a total of three winning entries will be chosen.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, has partnered with Exelon Foundation in championing science learning for high school students and in encouraging new thinking about the environment. Out-of-school-time providers are invited to develop a STEM Lab for the future aimed at tackling solutions to the environmental crisis, with a minds-on approach and hands-on science skills.
The EcoTarium offers interactive, educator-led programs aligned to current science standards. Children in prekindergarten through grade 8 can join an EcoTarium educator live on Zoom and engage in science explorations on topics such as Animal Adaptations and Understanding Weather.