Enter the State Parks Young Artists Poster Contest

If you love taking your family outdoors for inspiration, you can’t do better than Southern California’s state parks. Have your kids turn that inspiration into artwork, and they could win a $50 Subway gift card and some cool State Parks swag.

The California State Parks Foundation is looking for poster art that showcases why state parks are important to California kids. Entries into the Summer Youth Art Contest will be accepted through Sept. 8. California residents ages 4-18 should submit posters that depict why they think “California’s State Parks are Great Places for You and Me.”

Submissions to the Youth Art Contest should in the form of posters, no smaller than 8 inches by 10 inches, and no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. Paper type, medium and style are all open to the artist’s preference. Submissions should be mailed to CSPF’s Sacramento office. The full contest rules and entry form can be found here.

State parks in L.A. County include:Fun ideas for kids - youth art contest

  • Castaic Lake
  • Dockweiler State Beach
  • Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
  • Leo Carrillo State Park
  • Los Angeles State Historic Park
  • Malibu Creek State Park
  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach
  • Placerita Canyon State Park
  • Point Dume State Beach
  • Saddleback Butte State Park
  • Santa Monica State Beach
  • Topanga State Park
  • Will Rogers State Beach

Submissions must be postmarked by September 8. A panel of judges will select one top contest winner in each age category – ages 4-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 – to win a prize package that includes a membership to CSPF, CSPF merchandise, and $50 gift cards from contest partner Subway.

Winning posters will be displayed at calparks.org and featured in CSPF publications and media.

With summer in full swing, state parks are full of Californians taking vacations, making memories, and enjoying all the things that make state parks great. It’s a perfect time for young Californians to show why they think state parks are great places through their artwork.

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