Date 10/06/2016

On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, the Florida Wildlife Federation will again award a commemorative certificate and an age-suitable gardening book to the Florida kid or group of kids 12 years old or under who have helped to establish and maintain a habitat for wildlife at home or on school property. The habitat will also be featured on our website and in our newsletter. A representative from Florida Wildlife Federation will travel to the contest winner to present their award. Entries close March 31, 2017.

The Florida Wildlife Federation is dedicated to encouraging young Floridians to be good environmentalists and to care for our native animals and plants. We believe that time spent outdoors working on a habitat project is of great value in encouraging young people to learn about nature. Experts say that lack of active outdoor play and projects contributes to many childhood health problems.

It’s easy to enter. Just tell us how the habitat provides the following five elements for critters you want to attract: food, water, cover, a place to raise young, and an element that improves and sustains the site. Send us some photos of your habitat, preferably with children working there.

Teachers, please note that it is not necessary for schoolyard habitats to be certified by National Wildlife Federation or any other organization, just that they provide the 5 necessary elements for a good wildlife habitat. We are especially interested in the science that students learn in the habitat. IF YOU HAVE ENTERED BEFORE, AND DIDN'T WIN, PLEASE ENTER AGAIN!

This year, we will pick two Honorable Mentions in addition to our one main winner. Honorable Mentions will receive a framed award, and their Teacher will receive a "Thank You" letter from Florida Wildlife's President, Manley Fuller, for work in helping students to preserve Florida's wonderful wildlife.

A description and photos of your habitat can be e-mailed to patricia@fwfonline.org or mailed to Florida Wildlife Federation, 2545 Blair Stone Pines Drive, Tallahassee FL, 32301.

Email to patricia@fwfonline.org or call the FWF office at (850) 656-7113 for more information, if needed. See our website at www.fwfonline.org under programs on the drop-down menu at the top of the opening page for photos and information about previous winners, and the PowerPoint and videos there for general habitat information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tags: Kids Habitat,Gardening,Wildlife

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