West Virginia Species Kids Art Contest

Celebrating Earth Day & WV’s Magnificent Creatures with Young Nature Lovers

Draw West Virginia Rare & Common Species and Win Fabulous Prizes!

West Virginia is home to almost 600 magnificent creatures; more than 57 species of amphibians and reptiles; 70 wild mammals; 178 species of fish and nearly 300 species of birds. What an incredible backyard we have!

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley

Art is a powerful resource that brings us together in celebration. In honor of Earth Day, we’re asking kids to dive into their creativity and draw a species from the Appalachian Mountains. This would be a great opportunity to learn more about one of their favorite common species, like the black bear, or learn about an entirely new, rare species they’re never heard of!

Four winners of different age classifications, ranging from a tiny conservationists( 2-6), elementary (K-5th), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12), will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd. Winners will receive an endangered sticker pack from Rosalie Haizlett, a FOB t-shirt, a flying squirrel puppet, or a stuffed bat figure. Our community had so much fun with this last year, and we really look forward to this round!

Please email submissions by April 21st with the artist’s name and age/school grade to: cheyenne@saveblackwater.org

For guidance, check out our new wildlife web pages where you can find information about all kinds of our wildlife from mammals, to insects, and plants!

Rare Species: https://saveblackwater.org/wildlife/allegheny-highlands-wildlife-fun-facts/

Common Species: https://saveblackwater.org/common-native-wildlife-of-the-allegheny-highlands/

Last years winners:

Tiny conservationists (2-5 years): Nix Mielzarek, WV Northern Flying Squirrel

Elementary (K-5th graders): Levi Yoder, Candy Darter

Middle School (6-8th grade): Kate Eshenaur, Guyandotte River Crayfish

High School (9th-12th grade): Hermione Vos, Eastern Cougar

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Check out these awesome submissions from last year!

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Candy Darter, age 2

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Cheat Mountain Salamander, age 8

bald eagle 13

Bald Eagle, age 13


Eastern Cougar, age 11

flying squirrel 8

WV Northern Flying Squirrel, age 8

roatan coral snake 6

Roatan Coral Snake, age 7

snow leopard 9

Clouded Leopard, age 9

Eastern Cougar 8

Eastern Cougar, age 8

narwhal 5

Narwhal, age 5

red panda 5

Red Panda, age 5

Candy Darter 3

Candy Darter, age 3

Eastern Cougar 7

Eastern Cougar, age 7

bumblebee 4

Bumblebee, age 4


eastern cougar 6

Eastern Cougar, age 6

Easteca CoUgar-1

Eastern Cougar, age 6

Easteca CoUgar-2

Eastern Cougar, age 9

Eastern Cougar 8 (2)

Eastern Cougar, age 8

piping plover 8

Piping Plover, age 8


Candy Darter, age 5


Eastern Cougar, age 3


Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 7


Rusty Patched Bumblebee, age 7

guyandotte 17

Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 17

flying squirrel 4

WV Northern Flying Squirrel, age 4

harparella 5

Harperella, age 5

guyandotte 2nd grade

Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 8

Flying Squirrel 15

WV Northern Flying Squirrel, age 15

candy darter elementary

Candy Darter, elementary

giant panda 9

Giant Panda, age 9

ivory billed woodpecker 17

Ivory Billed Woodpecker, age 17

leopard 7

Leopard, age 7

guyandotte crayfish 4

Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 4


Rusty Patched Bumblebee, HS


Candy Darter, ag 15


Candy Darter, age 10

raflesia 6th grade

Raflesia, 6th grade


Cheat Mountain Salamander, age 5

koala 9

Koala, age 9

Reid Ely Harperella 3-1

Harperella, age 3

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Cheat Mountain Salamander, age 3

Asher Ely candy darter 8-1

Candy Darter, age 8

Asher Ely – Persistent Trillium 8-1

Persistent Trillium, age 8

diamond darter 13

Diamond Darter, age 13

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Eastern Cougar, 12th grade

Runa Kirk Art Contest FOB

Rusty Patched Bumblebee, age 6

Lauren Worth Artwork Contest-1

Flat-spired Three-toothed Land Snail, age 11

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Candy Darter, Elementary