Keep Wildlife Wild 2023 Poster Contest Open

Submit poster designs before February 17, 2023

MADISON, Wisconsin. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the Keep Wildlife Wild 2023 poster contest is now open. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students enrolled in public, private, parochial or home schools in Wisconsin are eligible to participate.

The Keep Wildlife Wild program began in 2014 to spread the word about our shared role in keeping all wildlife healthy in their natural habitat. The objective of the contest is to create a poster that teaches the importance of enjoying and observing wildlife in nature and No keep wildlife in homes or as pets.

During the warmer spring and summer months, the frequency of human and wildlife encounters increases, especially those involving young wild animals.

While most of these encounters are harmless, there are times when well-intentioned people disturb wildlife by mistaking a lone baby animal for an orphan.

The Keep Wildlife Wild Poster Contest is a fun way for kids to help spread the important message to keep wildlife wild. The DNR encourages students to learn how they can help keep wildlife in Wisconsin safe and healthy by visiting the Keep Wildlife Wild webpage.

The trial will take place in February. Those who submitted designs will be notified by email of the winners in March. The DNR will also announce the winners in a state news release and Facebook post during the sixth annual Keep Wildlife Wild Week in April.

For inspiration to help design your poster and learn about Wisconsin critters, visit EEK! Critter Corner or visit the DNR’s Keep Wildlife Wild web page.

Contest Deadline and Submission Options

All submissions must be received electronically via email or postal mail and must include the student entry form and artwork from 5 p.m. on February 17, 2023. Send tickets to:

Wisconsin Keep Wildlife Wild Poster Design Contest
Department of Natural Resources, Attention: Taylor Czyscon
PO Box 100 Amistad, WI 53934
Email: [email protected]

Poster Contest Rules:

  • The poster entrance must contain the words: “Keep Wildlife Wild 2023” and follows the theme of: “If you care, leave them there!”
  • all posters must consist of original artwork of Wisconsin native wildlife. Art that shows what wildlife youth experience in their first year and what wild families look like is encouraged and helps students understand the early lives of different species.
  • The posters must fit an 8 ½” x 11″ paper sheet.
  • The posters must be presented individually; There are no team builds.

To see the full list of rules and requirements, visit the DNR Keep Wildlife Wild 2023 Poster Design Contest webpage.