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The Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs
has art competitions for school-age children each year.

The Bella Vista Garden Club joins with the AFGC by encouraging children in area schools or the Boys and Girl's Club(s) to be aware of nature and their environment by reaching out to them and enabling them to enter the AFGC's competition.  The Audubon Committee informs children of the competition and cheers them on to participate in a chosen project such as drawing Bird Posters, Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Posters, or other art assignment.  The Audubon Committee then enters the finished works of art in the AFGC's competition.

The winners are honored at a Garden Club Meeting and certificates are presented.  See some of the winners and their terrific posters in the slide show at right.

When interacting with children, the committee should be knowledgeable and be able to advise on the feeding of birds and suitable plantings, as well as proper birdhouse construction and placements, and be educated about bird sightings and departure of migratory birds.

Bird Poster Contest
12th Grade Winner