Alta Vista Garden Club’s Youth Activities

School Activities

National Garden Club Poster Contests

Alta Vista Garden Club encourages local children from first through fifth grade to participate in the annual National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest! This contest gives 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’s message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” encourages personal responsibility 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. 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.

Alta Vista recognizes all local students who submit a poster with a Certificate of Participation and the students whose posters are selected to advance to the State competition are awarded a $10 gift card. In 2011 Alta Vista awarded 12 gift card and one of the local students won 1st place in state and regionally with their poster.

School Gardens

The club works with local schools, both public and private, to assist them with landscaping and gardening activities. Local schools have been assisted in planting native plants, firewise plants, and plants that attract bees and butterflies. Long term projects are being considered at a number of locations.

National Garden Club’s Poetry Contest

Alta Vista also encourages local youth to express & explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. The subject for the 2012 contest is “Colorful Fruits and Tasty Vegetables.” Eligibility: Special Education & English as a Second Language: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade. General Education: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade. Two participants in 2010 and one in 2011 was awarded the top prize at the National level. The poem at the right won National in 2011.

Field Of Daffodils
by Tiffany W

The picture perfect view
Oh, the beauty of this place
They have their gorgeous smiles on
Full of joy and grace

A beautiful field of daffodils

They’re swaying in the wind
In each in every way
The winds blows them hour by hour ever single day

A beautiful field of daffodils

Colors, joined by the breeze
They’re a rainbow in a blur
You wonder where they’ll go
And maybe where they were

A beautiful field of daffodils

Their seeds will fly away
And land some other place
To grow another flower
And smile to a face

A beautiful field of daffodils

I enjoy the moment while it lasts
My happiness in a chime
But if I had it my way,
I’d be there all the time

In this beautiful field of daffodils