Montana’s State Parks will serve as history classrooms for fifth graders around the state who participate in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ annual poster contest. After studying a park, students will create a poster to illustrate the history lesson they learned.
“Teachers and students can choose to focus on one park or several, and study history subjects as diverse as Native American history, pioneer life, pictographs, and mining,” said Debbie Cheek, FWP parks field support specialist who manages the contest.
In addition to this year’s historical theme, fifth graders will be able to explore a “virtual” Internet tour of Montana’s 42 State Parks at www.fwp.state.mt.us to learn more about the parks that relate to their history studies.
All materials required for the contest are on the Internet, including an activity page, virtual tour of the parks, a “gallery” of past winning posters and the 2004 contest rules and entry form.
The poster artwork may involve all mediums, such as crayon, ink or pencil and should be suitable for reproduction. Judges will assess creativity, imagination, theme, originality, design, and use and control of the medium. The deadline for poster entries is April 12, 2004 and winners will be announced on April 15, 2004.
Prizes will be a $150 savings bond for first place, a $100 savings bond for second place and a $50 savings bond for third place. All finalists will receive T-shirts with the winning entry printed on them. The school submitting the winning poster will receive a free FWP video and books for its library.
Students and teachers without access to the Internet may request an information packet from FWP by phone at 406-444-4701, or by writing: FWP, Parks Division, 1420 East 6th Ave., Helena, MT., 59620-0701.