The Oregon Invasive Species Council (established by the Legislature), Oregon State University and Oregon Sea Grant’s Watershed and Invasive Species Education Program (WISE) are pleased to announce a statewide “Don’t Let it Loose” invasive species education Media Design contest for Oregon HS students! This contest aims to tap the creativity of teachers in mentoring their students to design outreach messages and media that increase awareness and solutions to releasing classroom and household pets. Once released, these species can become invasive and cause environmental and economic harm in Oregon. The red-eared slider turtle, red swamp crayfish, and Brazilian elodea are examples.
Winning students receive cash prizes (1st place $400, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $150) and teachers of winning students will get a $400 stipend for enriching their class. Winning entries will be featured in a press release, shared with local and state elected officials, and used by agencies and organizations to prevent the spread of invasive species. All entries will be posted on the Oregon Invasive Species Council Website.