Teachers Encouraged to Apply for Fish Art Contest “Educator of the Year Award”

Posted Friday March 18, 2022 by wf_admin

Press Release:

Contact: info@WildlifeForever.org


WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN– Educators from around the world are encouraged to enter for the 2022 Art of Conservation, Fish Art Contest Educator of the Year Award. Named in honor of Mr. Richard M. Hart, the award recognizes the critical role teachers play with connecting youth to conservation. Winners of this year’s award will receive a $1,000 reward for classroom supplies and a stipend for facilitating outdoor experiences with students.


March 31st is the deadline for students and educators to enter the Fish Art Contest. Educators can apply for the Educator of the Year Award or be nominated by fellow educators, students, parents, or staff. Click here to apply or nominate.



  • Educator must encourage Fish Art Contest participation in their classroom, home, or art studio. 
  • Educator must actively encourage or facilitate outdoor experiences like fishing and outdoor, nature-based, activities.

Prizes include:

  • Limited edition “Richard M. Hart Educator of the Year” Fish Art Print
  • $1,000 Amazon gift card for educational supplies
  • $900 stipend toward a Fishing or Aquatic Education Seminar / Field Trip for classroom


About Richard M. Hart: “Dick” was a successful businessman and family man from Texas who had a passion for fishing and conservation. Mr. Hart’s belief in youth education spilled over into the Fish Art Program as he worked extensively to promote the Texas division, hosted by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Connecting with schools and families from across the country, it was Mr. Hart’s belief that educators are the key to encourage and inspire youth conservation education.  


This special recognition is made possible by the Hart Family, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, and the Hollingsworth/Grann Family Trust.  


About The Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever Fish Art Contest®, connects children to science, self-discovery, and outdoor learning through the arts. To enter, young artists create an original hand drawn illustration of any fish species of their choice. A separate essay about its behavior, habitat, and needs for conservation must also be included for grades four and above. Entries are categorized by levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Entries are due postmarked by March 31st each year. The Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest is supported by Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, USDA Forest Service, International Game Fish Association, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and the National Fish Habitat Partnership. Learn more at www.FishArt.org.


About Wildlife Forever: Celebrating 35 years of conservation, Wildlife Forever’s (WF) mission is to conserve America’s outdoor heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife.  WF members have helped to conduct thousands of conservation projects across the country. National programs include the Clean Drain Dry Initiative, Prairie City USA, and The Art of Conservation Fish Art and Songbird Art Contest. To join and learn more about Wildlife Forever’s award-winning programs, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.