Kids Green Art Contest

august 2023

11augAll DayKids Green Art ContestEnter now through Aug. 11

Green Art Contest Entry 2021

Event Details

This trash-to-art contest encourages kids to create art out of materials that otherwise would have been thrown away while learning about animals. The Zoological Society is hosting its annual eco-themed art contest for children ages 17 and under. Participate and win fun prizes! Here’s how it works: Kids can pick any kind of discarded materials, such as soda cans and bottles. Then, create an art project using these recycled materials only (tape and glue are okay). This year’s theme is Pollinators & Seed Dispersers. Artwork should include animals that help plants move pollen and seeds. Pollinators, such as bees, hummingbirds and bats, are animals that move pollen from one flower to another so that the plants can produce fruits and seeds. Seed dispersal is when seeds are moved away from the parent plant to a new place. Animals help by eating the fruit of the plant or tree then dispersing the seeds through their droppings.

Parents, fill out the form online or download the entry form to print off and mail in by Aug. 11. Arrangement should be made ahead of time to drop off entries between Aug. 19 and Aug. 25 by 3 p.m. Projects will be displayed at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Aug. 26 at Animal Safari. All entries will be featured here, on our website, a week after Animal Safari.

Please see the updated contest guidelines below for important information. If you have any questions, please contact Becky at

Registration for the Kids Green Art Contest is now closed.

Contest Guidelines

  • Who can enter: Contest is open to all children ages 17 and under (must still be 17 as of Aug. 26, 2023).
  • Deadline: Entry forms must be received by Aug. 11, 2023. Artwork cannot be delivered until Aug. 19 (see below).
  • What to use:
    • Artwork must be made up of at least 90% recycled material. These would be items that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled after use. Items include: metal cans, plastic bottles and containers, paper, cardboard, etc.
    • All materials used in artwork must be clean and safe – no rough edges and it must be sturdy. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is not responsible for any damage to artwork.
    • Fasteners (such as glue and tape), crayons and nontoxic markers and paint are ok to use.
  • Theme: “Pollinators & Seed Dispersers.” Artwork should include animals that pollinate or disperse seeds from plants and trees.
  • How big?
    • Artwork must be no bigger than 2 feet high by 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep.
    • Artwork must be light enough to be carried by one person.
  • What else? All artwork must be the sole and original work of the participator. Parents/guardians may provide minimal help.
  • How many entries? One art project per child may be submitted.
  • Power supply? Electrical outlets will not be available for display.
  • What the judges look for: Originality, use of recycled materials, presentation and conservation message.
  • Prizes:
    • All participants will receive a participation prize.
    • Contest entries will be divided by age, and a winner will be chosen from each age category. An overall contest winner also will be chosen. Winners will receive prizes such as animal sponsorships and plush-toy animals.
  • What to do: Drop offs will take place Aug. 19-25 at Guest Services or Membership office in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.
  • Artwork will be displayed at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Aug. 26 during the Animal Safari event and virtually displayed on our website after the event.
  • Winners will be notified the week of Aug. 28 after judging is completed.
  • Artwork must be picked up by Friday, Sept. 9, 2023, unless other arrangements are made.


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