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February 28, 2012

MADISON - Wisconsin fourth and fifth grade students have until April 2 to submit their poster design to increase awareness of invasive plants and animals affecting Wisconsin shorelines and wetlands.

The poster contest, with a theme of "Slow the Spread by Boat and Tread" is sponsored by the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin. It's part of the partners' Invasive Species Awareness Month in June.

The first-, second- and third-prize winners will be honored during the Invasive Species Awareness Month awards ceremony at Olbrich Gardens in Madison on June 6, 2012, at 1 p.m. with other "Invader Crusaders" from around the state. The first-prize winner will receive a free family membership to the Natural Resources Foundation and a free field trip for the winner and their family.

Students' artwork will be prominently displayed at the Capitol during the month of June and on the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species website.

To enter the contest, students are invited to create full color or black and white, original posters of invasive species, according to Chrystal Schreck, DNR invasive species outreach specialist. Entries may be done in crayon, marker, acrylic or poster paint. Computers may be used for the text.

A list of suggested plants and animals to be featured can be found online along with other contest details.

All submissions must be postmarked by Monday, April 2, 2012. If you have questions, please e-mail

All entries become the property of the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species and will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included, Schreck says.

This contest is made possible by a grant from DNR to the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Chrystal Schreck (608) 264-8590
Last Revised: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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