Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

The 2019 National Poster Contest Winners Are Announced!

Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Contest winners were announced in May at the National Garden Clubs Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Grand Prize Winner:
4th Grade: Penny Atkinson
Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah

2018 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner Panny Atkinson

First Place Winners by grade level and their Sponsors are:

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  • 1st Grade: Ryan Woodbury
    Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 1st Grade Winner Ryan Woodbury
  • 2nd grade: Eleanor Pratt
    Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 2nd Grade Winner Eleanor Pratt
  • 3rd grade: Annaliese Spradley
    Sponsored by: the Magnolia Garden Club, Georgia
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 3rd Grade Winner Annaliese Spradley
  • 4th grade and Grand Prize winner: Penny Atkinson
    Sponsored by: the Neighborhood Garden Club, Utah
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 4th Grade and Grand Prize Winner Penny Atkinson
  • 5th grade: Amanda Avitia
    Sponsored by: the Garden Club of Dearborn, Michigan
    2019 Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 5th Grade Winner Amanda Avitia

Children from first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 2020 National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest! The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!

Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.

Lend a Hand Care for the Land!

Lend a Hand, Care for the Land! Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!" and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.

Certificates and Entry Stickers

Certificates of Participation and Poster Entry Stickers can be requested for free by sending an email to symbols@fs.fed.us with your name, mailing address, and quantity of certificates and/or stickers you are requesting.

Click here to visit the US Forest Service Website

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Resources

For more information, contact:
Pat Smith, Chairman: Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest