2012 Get to Know Contest Launch, Ottawa

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Wildlife Habitat Canada partnered with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Canadian Museum of Nature to host the 2012 CWF Get to Know Contest Launch in Ottawa.

“The annual CWF Get to Know Contest invites youth to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. This year’s theme is ‘Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours.’” – www.get-to-know.org.

Carson Visser, the 2011 Get to Know Contest winner of the 2012 Youth Habitat Conservation Stamp image, was in attendance for the Ottawa contest launch to speak to students about his art and to do a sketching demonstration.

Students from St. Francis Xavier School participated in the event that was held at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Tuesday April 10, 2012. They heard presentations from Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Scouts Canada and the Museum of Nature on the importance of being outdoors and interacting with nature.

While at the Museum of Nature, students also participated in the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Walk for Wildlife and a Whales Tohorā Interactive Demonstration. Each student was given artist materials and received a gift bag containing many donated items from Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Museum of Nature, including the three Wildlife Habitat Canada Youth Conservation Stamps.

 

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Students participating in the 2012 CWF Get to Know Contest launch.

 

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Carson Visser showing some of his recent artwork, including his award winning 2012 stamp image of a Barred Owl (top right).

 

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Carson and his family.

 

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Carson leading students in a sketching demonstration.

 

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Teacher Mike Crozier from St. Francis Xavier showing his hawk sketch following the demonstration led by Carson.

 

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Aaron Kylie, Publications Manager for the Canadian Wildlife Federation, briefing the students on the Walk for Wildlife that took place in the Museum of Nature.

 

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Chris Majka from Scouts Canada speaking to the students about enjoying the outdoors.

 

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Liz McCrea, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Museum of Nature, speaking to the students about the Whales Tohorā exhibit they would be visiting.

 

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Carson signing the 2012 Youth Stamp that was given to the students who attended the CWF Get to Know Contest launch.

 

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Len Ugarenko, President of Wildlife Habitat Canada, presenting Carson with a giclée reproduction of his award winning image and thanking him for his contribution to wildlife conservation.

 

All photos credit of Julia Longpre