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2013-2015 TGC VP - Marlene Gillman, gillmanm@texasgardenclub.org


As all organizations know, the youth are 100% our future. In TGC we have programs from kinder to high school. In the early grades there are posters and writing contests on an adopted yearly theme. In the later grades the contests are on written prose and on public speaking about that year's theme. Each year we are amazed what our youth create.


Gardening Opportunities for Youth:

Garden Clubs for the youth can be organized at any level. Each club must be sponsored by an adult Garden Club, meet five times a year, minimum of 3 -5 members. Registration form and additional information is in the Youth brochure or may be requested from National Garden Clubs, Inc. website.

2013 Youth Themes Poetry: Protecting & Conserving Our National Resourses Essay 

TGC Speech: Todays Choices Affect Tomorrow's World 

Youth Activities Poetry Contest: Chair  TGC Chair:Betsy Hilliard


Now is the time to excite and encourage our Youth to express their thoughts & ideas through different types of poetry.  This year the NGC Poetry Contest Themes are:

2013: ". 2013 Youth Themes Poetry: Protecting & Conserving Our National Resourses Essay 

ELIGIBILITY: Kindergarten through 9th Grade, Special Education: Kindergarten through 9th Grade.

See the NGC website for more information. 

High School Essay Contest - Chair-Jan Miller     millerj@texasgardenclub.org

The High School Essay Contest is open to all High School students.  Each year a $1000 NGC Scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner.


TGC Only High School Speech Contest-   Chair-Shirley Haley    haleys@texasgardenclub.org

2013 - "TGC Only Speech Contest:  Todays Choices Affect Tomorrow's World

Visit the NGC website for more information. just click "Youth", "Contests".


Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl/Bird 2013 Poster Contest: TGC Poster Chairman Stephanie Malley.  malleys@texasgardenclub.org

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

Children from first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 2013 National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest! The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.


Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" encourages personal responsibilty for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.


Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!" and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.



Elaine Dates, 2012-13 NGC Smokey the Bear/Woodsy Owl 

Thank you so much for your support and commitment to our partnership with the US Forest Service.


Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest  info   pdf

Poster Contest Rules 2012  pdf


For more information including the Sculpture contest, visit the NGC website, click "Youth", "Contests".

TGC ONLY POSTER CONTEST : "Life Cycle Of A Dragonfly". Standard 11 x. 17 inch

SCR Bird Posters 2013         "American Goldfinch"

Poster Rights

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