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Are you creative? Do you love painting, writing, drawing, sculpting, or expressing yourself through art? Are you inspired by nature? Do you love the Eastern Sierra and the Earth? If you relate to any of those statements, ESLT’s Earth Day Youth Art Contest was created just for you! 

The contest is officially open to youth in Inyo and Mono Counties grades 1-12, and art of all mediums is accepted. Whether you are an experienced artist or trying something new, we are calling on you to help ESLT celebrate Earth Day with art that celebrates the Eastern Sierra and the Earth. 

Created in 1970, Earth Day is recognized as the largest secular observance in the world. On April 22nd every year, people from across the globe dedicate their day to awareness of environmental efforts, collective activism for environmental issues, and simply to celebrate this planet that we all call home. 

To participate in the Earth Day art contest, start by choosing just one of the questions below to capture, describe, or answer what it means to you through your art. 

 1) If you were an animal or plant, what would you be?

2) How does nature make you feel?

3) What is your favorite place in nature?

Please read the following guidelines:

Who: This art contest is open to 1st-12th graders from Inyo & Mono Counties (from Lone Pine to Bridgeport). There will be three age groups: 1st-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. One winner from each age group will receive a prize of a free art lesson at C5 Studios and will also be invited to a showing of their artwork. We will also select some honorable mentions, and feature some of the submissions on our website!

When: Open to submissions until Saturday, May 14th.

Along with your art, please include:

  • Your name
  • Your grade
  • The title of your art
  • The question you chose (1, 2, or 3)
  • A short description of how your art captures the question, or what Earth Day means for you and the Eastern Sierra
  • Email address and/or phone number of contact
  • Filled ESLT Photo Release Form (we will always give credit to the artist)

Submissions: To submit, email us a scanned copy of your art, or a clear picture with good resolution along with the details to .


  • One entry per student. If you submit more than one piece of artwork, we will not be able to count either submission unless you specify which you would like to be judged.
  • The art can be 2D, 3D, and any medium or multimedia.
  • Three winning pieces of artwork will be decided by three ESLT chosen judges and will be contacted by the given information upon being chosen after May 14th!

Thank you so much to C5 Studios, the California Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter, and the Mono County Libraries Makerspace for making this possible. If you are looking for more art supplies and collaboration, please visit the Mammoth Lakes Library Makerspace during their drop-in hours on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 2-5 pm. Check back soon for updates about pickup sites for free art supplies.

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Please check back soon for new opportunities to get out, explore, and get involved in our conservation efforts here in the Eastern Sierra.