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Since 1961, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. have worked together to sponsor an annual poster contest that reaches elementary children throughout the United States. The contest helps promote Smokey Bear and his fire prevention message “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” and Woodsy Owl and his conservation message “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land”.
1st through 5th grade students are invited to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.
Garden Clubs can provide the participates with an of the Certificates of Participation.