Last fall, we asked youth ages 4 -18 to participate in our second Annual Youth Art Contest by creating artwork inspired by the theme "Discovering State Parks.' Nearly 400 young artists participated, three times as many participants as last year, and winners in each of the five age categories were announced earlier this month.

We were awestruck by the talent and creativity that we saw in the art that was shared with us. A variety of mediums was used to illustrate what was learned and experienced during visits to California's state parks. The artistic message conveyed by this year's participants reinforces our belief that all youth throughout California should have opportunities to visit and enjoy state parks and to be inspired by California's diverse history, natural resources and recreational opportunities.

If you haven't already, we encourage you take a moment to view their artwork on our website so that you too are inspired to discover state parks!

California State Parks Foundation

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