Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest under way in Ohio

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by Lorain County Moms

The Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio, in partnership with the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, announces the kick-off for the 2011 Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Contest.

The contest is a great opportunity for students in grades 1-5 to demonstrate, through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl, their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles. Garden Club of Ohio will award winners for each grade level with honorable mentions. Ohio first place winners are sent to the Central Atlantic regional contest where posters are judged and grade winners are selected to compete nationally.

Posters must feature Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl and must not feature both together. Smokey Bear posters must be based upon and include Smokey’s fire prevention message: Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires! Woodsy Owl posters must be based upon and include Woodsy’s conservation message: Lend a Hand – Care for the Land!

All poster entrees must be sponsored by a local Ohio Garden Club and be submitted by January 20, 2011 to the State Poster Contest Chairman. In 2010, Ohio was well represented with more than 500 posters being submitted for judging. Carolyn Doerflein with Garden Club of Ohio is available to help teachers and parents find a club to sponsor each poster. She can be contacted at (513) 729-5104 or by email at

The annual poster contest is held in support of the USDA Forest Service/National Gardens Clubs, Inc. national contest. The grand prize national poster contest winner will win a free round trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, DC. A $100 U.S. Savings Bond will also be awarded to first place national winners from each grade level sponsored by the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

To learn more about the guidelines for the 2011 Poster Contest, visit

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