The earliest turtles can be traced back to the time of the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. Turtles and tortoises are living fossils that have survived and adapted to monumental natural changes, but now they are endangered by human activities. Unless serious conservation measures are taken, many of world’s approximately 300 species will face extinction.
The contest encourages children and adults to explore the threats affecting the turtles and tortoises of the world and to propose possible ways to help save these unique creatures. Past contests have received over 1,000 entries from all 50 states, Canada, and Bermuda.
This is a wonderful project for interdisciplinary learning, linking the creativity of art design with scientific inquiry and literacy. Through creating posters, we hope to make people more aware of the problems facing turtles and encourage their creative abilities to develop possible solutions to the threats affecting these interesting animals.
Entries will be grouped according to age and grade level for judging. Entries will be judged on the basis of content, originality, and artistic merit by a panel of conservationists, artists, and teachers.
Prizes will include a $100.00 savings bond for the Grand Prize Winner, plus official Turtle and Tortoise Society T-shirts, books, stickers, and a one-year membership to the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society. All posters become the property of NYTTS.