20 April 2010

Launch of the 2010 Robert Bateman Get-To-Know Your Wild Neighbours Writing, Art & Photography Youth Contest


The local launch of the 2010 Robert Bateman “Get-To-Know Your Wild Neighbours“ Writing, Art & Photography Youth Contest will take place on Earth Day, April 22, 6:30 pm at the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square.  Come learn how you can enter this national contest, open to youth 19 and under. Great activities are planned for this interactive family event! Try your hand at capturing nature through art and photographs; learn about the New Brunswick Museum Biodiversity Blitz from presentations by Museum Natural Science Curators Donald McAlpine and Stephen Clayden; take a close look at some amazing creatures that call New Brunswick home. There will be prizes, refreshments, and admission is free! Celebrate Earth Day at the New Brunswick Museum, and “Get-To-Know Your Wild Neighbours”!

Robert Bateman launched the Get to Know Contest in 2000 to inspire Canadian youth to “get to know their wild neighbors” by getting outdoors and actively connecting with nature. Over the last ten years, it has grown into Canada’s largest nature art, writing and photography contest for youth, spreading the key message that caring about biodiversity begins with meeting the magnificent neighbours of other species found in our own backyard. By fostering a more active lifestyle and a deeper connection with nature, the Contest endeavours to cultivate a generation of healthy, environmentally focused youth.

States Mr. Bateman, “Every child’s path to becoming a wise environmental steward begins with exploring and discovering the natural world. The beauty of the diverse plants and animals that share our planet is wild, mysterious, and ancient as life itself. I encourage you to celebrate International Year of Biodiversity, learn the names of your wild neighbours of other species, and get to know them through observation, art, writing and photography.”

Along with the support of key nature organizations across Canada, the Contest has received endorsement from a number of prominent Canadian authors and photographers. Margaret Atwood, the celebrated Canadian author, has expressed her support for the writing category, proclaiming that “by going outside and developing a basic knowledge of biodiversity, we can all respond creatively to the need for change in the way we live, work, learn, and grow—especially in relation to our neighbours of other species. I encourage aspiring young writers to share, through the Get to Know Contest, their powerful messages about the splendour of nature and the need to preserve it.”

Winners of the 2010 Get to Know Contest will receive prizes, including a one-week stay at the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, where they will be joined by the winners of the US Get to Know Contest. Other prizes include Panasonic digital cameras; art supplies from Opus; books from Scholastic; and the publication of winning art and writing pieces in the 2011 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Calendar.  The Contest is sponsored by Premier Sponsor Nature Canada, and by Parks Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada. Details about the contest are available at www.gettoknow.ca

New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John. For more information: 1 888 268 9595

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New Brunswick Museum
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Vita Kipping
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New Brunswick Museum
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