It’s that time of year: kids are heading back to school and the Get to Know Contest is kicking into high gear. From biology class to fine arts and creative writing, there will be plenty of new opportunities this fall to be creative and learn about your wild neighbors.
Looking for an innovative way to get kids excited about exploring the great outdoors? Join us for a live, web-based seminar and find out how the 'Get to Know' program gives you the tools to creatively connect youth with nature in their community, parks and forests.
Are you an aspiring musician looking for a stage to share your creative work? You might want to take a cue from this talented singer-songwriter from Kelowna, British Columbia who is finding new ways of sounding her lyrics through the Get to Know program.
There are nearly 700 entries in this year’s Get to Know Contest – and each one represents a unique encounter with the natural world. We think that’s something to celebrate.
We're very excited to be working with our friends at the National Park Service this year to launch a special contest gallery dedicated entirely to spectacular park sites all across America. Listen to this great radio interview with the Associate Director of Interpretation and Education with the National Park Service, Julia Washburn. (Interview starts 6 minutes and 20 seconds in).
A number of youth who entered last year's Get to Know contest are getting some big attention in Washington, DC. Their creative contest entries were unveiled Wednesday as part of a new art exhibit at the Edison Place Gallery.
Elementary and middle school students in Prince George's County, Maryland had their hands full at Watkins Regional Park earlier this month. Each child had a special opportunity to create their very own nature-inspired masterpiece using natural materials like fallen branches and pine cones. Of course, the celebration wouldn't be complete without a little dancing! Check it out:
Want to make your photos of birds, bugs and branches stand out? Ask the experts! International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) communications director and Get to Know Contest judge Gaston Lacombe has these 10 key tips to help you get the best shot possible when exploring the great outdoors. With the right lighting, timing and position, your nature-inspired photography is sure to steal the show. Remember, we've got lots of wonderful prizes to give away this year - and a spot for your winning entry in the 2015 Contest Calendar.
Spring is in full bloom and that means many of our feathered friends are now returning from their winter travels. What better time to celebrate the Toronto Get to Know Contest launch then at the peak of the spring bird migration! Last Saturday May 10th marked the 14th annual Spring Bird Festival at Tommy Thompson Park and our fantastic volunteer Cameron Aplin was there to help youth get inspired about their local bird life and share their inspiration through the Toronto Get to Know Contest. Check out Cameron's interview with the Daytime Toronto on Rogers TV:
The sun was shining brightly for one of our favorite yearly traditions at Get to Know: hiking the stunning Griffith Park in Los Angeles in support of local school students getting active outdoors. Over 300 students came out to celebrate their local environment at this year's Hike for Health, hosted by Councilmember Tom Labonge and the City of Los Angeles. We were in good company, joined by representatives from Coca-Cola who supplied water for the event, as well as Angeles National Forest supervisor Tom Contreras and Inside the Outdoors Foundation executive officer Pam Johnson. A big thanks to all our wonderful partners who joined us for this special day to get youth moving outdoors!