Pacific Region Garden Clubs Inc.

Garden Clubs in Washington, Arizona, California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii

Youth Awards

Attention: State Youth Chairmen

Please promote the following contests with emphasis on your individual state deadlines.

Youth Poetry Contest - Shirley Schmidt    541-472-5191   

Due 2/1/2018 

Youth Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest  -Marlena Parrott   928-580-5951

Due 2/23/2018

Youth Essay Contest    -Saundra Rassi   503-658-7505

Due 2/1/2018

Youth Recyclable Sculpture Contest - Diane Franchini   253-653-0827

Due 2/1/2018

High School Distinguished Service Project - Terry Critchlow    509-945-5465

Due 1/1/2018

Youth Recyclable Sculpture Contest

This contest encourages students to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving the environment. Students in grades 4 through 8 are eligible to create a sculpture of recyclable, reused and reduced materials. The sculpture is limited in width to 81/2 inches by 11 inches. Height should be proportional to width.

Chairman: Diane Franchini  153 Greenvale Drive, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Youth Poetry Contest

Youth Poetry Themes for 2017-2019 term

Now is the time to excite and encourage our Youth to express & explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. This term's Poetry Contest  enables our Youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing! Be imaginative & join the winners to see your poetry in a printed booklet!

Chairman: Shirley Schmidt  1630 Williams Hwy #145,  Grants Pass, OR 97527

2018-2019 Theme

"Pop Goes the Seed"

Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

Here is what YOU and YOUR students can do to help the environment:

 What is now known as the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest began as an initiative of the New Mexico State Garden Club in 1959. In 1960 National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) decided to replicate this contest. Since 2000, the poster contest has been managed by the USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Program.

1st through 5th grade students are invited to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.

The Grand Prize National Poster Contest Winner will win a free round trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, DC. $50 will also be awarded to the First Place National Winners from each grade level sponsored by the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Poster Rules

  • All poster entrees must be sponsored by a local Garden Club.
  • Posters must feature Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl and must not feature both together.
  • Smokey Bear posters must be based upon and include, Smokey's fire prevention message (Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires!). Woodsy Owl posters must be based upon and include, Woodsy's conservation message: Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!
  • The entry posters should encourage children to take a personal role in preventing wildfires or conserving natural resources.
  • Each entry should be 11 x 17 inches in size.
  • Materials that can be used include: crayons, markers, poster paints, water colors, etc.
  • No three-dimensional posters, computer scanned, or electronically generated images will be accepted!
  • Posters may include artwork pasted upon a second piece of paper. However, they must be flat. 3D posters are not allowed.
  • A poster may include just the head of Woodsy or Smokey.
  • Past winners are permitted and encouraged to participate again.
  • The artist's name, address or school address, home phone number, grade level, school, teacher's name, city, and state must be printed on the back of the poster in the lower right corner. Each poster must also show the name of the sponsoring local Garden Club. (Do not use a dark marker for this information as it may show through.)
  • Since Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are official icons protected by law, the colors of their clothing need to be accurate. Check the colors on the Web site
  • Students should be reminded to check spelling. Posters with spelling errors will be disqualified.
  • Any group of children can participate. Scout troops, after school programs, and the like are perfectly appropriate. The child?s grade must be included on the poster so that the participant can compete in the correct grade category.
  • The Local Garden Club Chair must submit the poster entries no later than January 20th or the state's deadline to his or her State's Chair.
  • The State Garden Club Chair must submit the five winning posters from his or her State to their Regional Garden Club Chair by February 1, 2017.
  • Pacific Region Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Chairman is: 

   Marlena Parrott  2200 W 28th Street, Suite 102, Yuma, Az 85364

The Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest is an opportunity for local Garden Clubs to connect with their communities. The contest may be used to promote the club, attract children and their parents, and raise awareness of the importance of caring for the environment.

Poster Tips

  • A good poster has a bold and simple design.
  • Its message is delivered both in the picture and in the slogan.
  • Its message is easily understood.
  • Posters are to be completed by individual student artists. Competition may include students from 1st to 5th grade.
  • Posters will be judged 20 percent each for originality, design, slogan, artwork, and overall effectiveness of the message.

Poster Rights

All entries will become property of the U.S. Forest Service. Posters will not be returned to contestants. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc., may use the poster artwork for national educational materials and outreach.

Youth Essay Contest

The Youth Essay Contest is open to all High School students. Each year a $1,000 NGC Scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner. For complete rules and more information refer to the NGC website,, or contact your state chairman.

2018-2019 Theme: "The Impact of Bottled Water on the Environment and the Water Supply"


Length of essay: Between 600-700 words. The entry will be penalized if the essay does not conform to the required length. All words are to be counted. All entries must be typed and titled. Students should write the essay so it is suitable to be published in the NGC publication, The National Gardener.

Eligibility: Contests are open to High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. The contest must be sponsored by: single garden club, group of member clubs, councils or districts; or a State Garden Club. All entries become the property of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

A $1000 National Garden Club Scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner. If the Winner is an underclassman, the $1000 Scholarship will be held by NGC, Inc. without accrued interest, until such time that the student enters college. At that time, the money will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Officer of the college that the student will enter. The second place winner will receive $100.00.  

The Pacific Region Chairman is Saundra Rassi, 21300 S. E. Bohna Park Road, Damascus, OR 97089