Youth Contests

Award Opportunities for Youth of All Ages

National Garden Clubs provides many educational opportunities through competitions for the youth at the pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school level. Current contests are:

  • Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

    First through fifth 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. The Grand Prize National Poster Winner will win a free round-trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, DC. $50 will also be awarded to the First Place National Winners from each grade level sponsored by National Garden Clubs. Click to learn more.

  • High School Essay Contest

    The contest is open to all High School Students. A $1000 National Garden Club Scholarship is awarded to the National Winner. If the Winner is an underclassman, the $1000 Scholarship will be held by NGC, Inc. without accrued interest, until such time that the student enters college. At that time, the money will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Officer of the college that the student will enter. The second place winner will receive $100. Click to learn more.

  • Poetry Contest

    NGC's Poetry Contest is open to students in Kindergarten through ninth grade. This competition enables youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing. All of the winning entries will be compiled into a booklet, which will be made available to the winners. Click to learn more.

  • High School Distinguished Service Project Award

    This award for a high school student in grades 9-12 is for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, etc. A single member club, group of member clubs, districts or a state garden club must sponsor the contest. $100 will be awarded to the first place winner and $50 to the second place winner. Click to learn more.

  • Youth Pollinator Gardens Grant

    National Garden Clubs, Inc. is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for Garden Clubs working with youth clubs or groups planning and planting Pollinator Gardens. Grants, up to $200, are available for projects that include educational materials on the vital role pollinators play in nature and youth involvement in planning and planting gardens providing nesting and food sources for pollinators. Youth will learn the importance of providing appropriate food sources, nesting areas, shelter, and practicing sustainable gardening practices for pollinators by planning, planting, and maintaining these pollinator gardens.

    To apply for a grant, complete an NGC Grant Application, provide detailed information about the project, and submit your request to the NGC Youth Committee Chairman for approval.

  • Youth Sculpture Contest

    This contest encourages students to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving the environment. Students in grades 4 through 8 are eligible to create a sculpture of recyclable, reused, and reduced materials. The sculpture is limited in width to 81/2 inches by 11 inches. Height should be proportional to width. Click to learn more.


For more information, contact:
Sue Bennett, Chairman: Youth Contests