What is it? Could your hamster inspire a haiku? Could your snake inspire a sonnet? Kids who enjoy writing poetry can submit a poem about their pet (or pets) and why they love them.
Who can enter? Students in grades three through eight
What’s the deadline? January 31, 2014
What’s the prize? One student from each grade will win a $250 gift certificate for pet supplies and have a poem published. The students’ classrooms will win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.
Where to find details? Go to
Nominate a national fossil
What is it? The organizers of National Fossil Day have a bone to pick. Really. They are looking to pick the United States’ national fossil. Choose a fossil from the United States and feature it in a piece of artwork: a drawing, painting, sketch, photograph or computer-generated image. Include a short explanation of why it would be a good national fossil.
Who can enter? All ages, but there are two kids categories: age 8 and younger and ages 9 to 13.
What’s the deadline? October 4
What’s the prize? Finalists, who will be announced on National Fossil Day 2013 (October 16), will be featured on the event’s Web site. Students will vote in spring 2014, and a winner will be announced in October 2014.
Where to find details? Go to nature.nps.gov/
geology/nationalfossilday or e-mail
Design a helicopter of the future
What is it? Do you like to invent things? Sikorsky Aircraft, a company that makes helicopters, is looking to kids to come up with a design for a helicopter that would help overcome the global challenges in the year 2050.
Who can enter? Ages 9 to 16
What’s the deadline? September 30
What’s the prize? A $1,000 scholarship, a meeting with the company’s rotorcraft engineers and a tour of the helicopter assembly lines in Stratford, Connecticut.
Where to find details? Go to www.helicopter2050.com.
Take your best shot at nature
What is it? Have you taken an amazing photo of a majestic bald eagle or a mischievous raccoon? Ranger Rick is looking for kids’ original photos of landscapes or wildlife. Along with your photo, include a description of where it was and how you managed to capture the shot.
Who can enter? Age 13 and younger
What’s the deadline? It’s ongoing, so no deadline.
What’s the prize? Monthly winners will be featured on the magazine Web site and have a chance to appear in one of three issues of the print magazine.
Where to find out more? Go to www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick.aspx
or e-mail RRcontest@nwf.org.