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Endangered Species Day is a national day of celebration for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Join us in learning about the importance of conserving endangered species and participating in our Chalk the Plaza art competition! The Endangered Species Day: Chalk Art Competition is in partnership with the South Bend Museum of Art Each art piece must feature an endangered species. Artists of all ages are invited to compete in the chalk competition.

Participation is easy! Simply select an endangered species and create your art piece using sidewalk chalk/pastels. Art must be family-friendly and may even be posted to the Zoo’s social media!

E-mail your entry by May 16th to zooeducation@potawatomizoo.org with a picture of your chalk art, name, age, phone number, and species depicted in art. Winners will be announced on May 18. Prizes will be award to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Placement of winners will be determined by a jury composed of a Zoo representative and a South Bend Art Museum representative. Award criteria will be based upon creativity, quality, and originality.


Adult (Ages 18+) Prizes:

1st: Family Zoo Membership, a South Bend Museum of Art Household Membership, and a bison feeding experience for up to 5 people

2nd: Family Zoo Membership, a South Bend Museum of Art Household Membership, and a bison feeding experience for two people

3rd: Bison Feeding for 2 people plus Zoo admission


Youth (Ages 17 & Under) Prizes:

1st: Art supplies from South Bend Museum of Art, a Zoo-adopt rhino Advocate package, and an Zoo Attraction Pass

2nd: A Zoo-adopt rhino Advocate package and a Zoo Attraction Pass

3rd: A Zoo Attraction Pass (15 rides on carousel or train)