Contests and Experiences - Parents

Doodle for Google

Doodle for Google

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inner strength means to you. One National Winner's artwork will be displayed on Google for one day, along with a $30k college scholarship, $50k technology package for their school/non-profit, Google Hardware, and fun Googley swag! Four other National Winners will also receive prizes.

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Career Exploration in the Health Professions

Career Exploration in the Health Professions

Medical Careers Exploration Experiences for Children in Middle School and High School through summer camps, volunteer programs, and Health Sciences Academy. Specifically for students in Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Page.

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Camp  (Ages 13-16)

Camp Woods and Wildlife Camp (Ages 13-16)

**2020 camps were cancelled due to COVID-19. 2021 opportunities and information will be listed in early 2021.** The Virginia Department of Forestry, in cooperation with natural resource conservation agencies and organizations, has proudly administered Camp Woods & Wildlife. This unique camping experience has introduced young Virginians (ages 13-16) to the challenges, special skills and knowledge needed for managing the forest resources we use and enjoy every day. The camp meets at Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center. All campers will receive a $200 scholarship to offset some of the costs.

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2021 NCDA Poetry and Art Contest

2021 NCDA Poetry and Art Contest

Grades K-Adult can enter through a school or Open Adult competition. Entries can be Poetry or Art. See details here. Schools and counties must hold their own competition prior to submission to the state coordinator.

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Ranger Rick’s Photo Contest for Kids

Ranger Rick’s Photo Contest for Kids

Enter your best nature shots online with a parent. Ages 5-13. Easy online entry each month.

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NASA Grades 5-8 Student Site

NASA Grades 5-8 Student Site

Hand on projects, NASA Career Corner, Contests and Things to Do. Note: Essay contest deadline is February 21, 2021.

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Future City Competition

Future City Competition

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy.

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Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Department of Forestry

2021 opportunities and information will be listed in early 2021.** Learn more about Virginia Forests through these activities and materials for Kids and Families.

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Set up a backyard conservation area with help from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  From creating a backyard pond, planting trees, and creating a wildlife habitat, these activity sheets get you involved in nature. Conservation guide pages 1-14;  pages 15-28.

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Virginia State Parks Programs

Virginia State Parks Programs

Explore what is happening at your favorite Virginia State Park from photography and papermaking to building a bird or bat house. Check out what is happening near you.

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GEAR UP

GEAR UP

Check out this Virginia effort to increase student readiness for higher education. Information for parents, students, and counselors on college preparation.

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UVA Observatory Public Night Program

UVA Observatory Public Night Program

The McCormick Observatory offers the public every first and third Friday night of each month with an opportunity to observe with a with all of the audio-visual presentations, and tours of the Observatory. McCormick Observatory is located on the western edge of the UVA grounds.

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DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contests & Scholarships

DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contests & Scholarships

Chapter, State, and National Winners receive certificates, medals, and even a monetary reward.

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NCDA Poetry and Art Contest

NCDA Poetry and Art Contest

Open to Grades K-Adult. Entries must go through local school and district. Virginia Entry form here.

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