For a celebratory event for the centennial birthday of the National Park Service, a national park inspired art contest was developed which allowed children ages 5-17 to enter a piece of artwork that showcased the landscapes, resources and stories of any national park. The artwork included paint, pencil, marker, ink, crayon, pastel, collage, or any combination. The contest winners, along with participants were exhibited at the Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal after the application deadline. The children’s centennial art contest winners were hand selected by SCA interns and park rangers. First, second and third place were selected along with other category winners such as “most creative”, etc.


In addition to the children’s centennial art contest, a centennial art exhibition was also under way at the same time! Participants were asked to “Join the celebration by sharing your artistic interpretations of “America’s Best Idea.””. The Find Your Park Juried Art Exhibition featured 53 original works by more than 25 artists working across mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and mixed media highlighting national parks across the country. Artists were permitted to submit up to 3 entries, and boy was the exhibit a full house! The artwork on display reflected thoughts, perceptions, and/or emotions evoked by experiences with any of our wondrous national parks.

Left: LuAnn Palazzo, Saguaro Puddle, Saguaro National Park Middle: Nancy Haver, Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park Right: Ross Barbera, Kent Falls, Kent Falls State Park



The exhibition was held on the centennial birthday of the National Park Service, Thursday August 25th from 6pm to 8pm at the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal in Patchogue! What a way to celebrate! to make this birthday even more special, snacks and refreshments were provided 🙂 Our very on Park Ranger, Thomas Pratt, used his culinary skills and marine biology passion, to create a watermelon fruit bowl in the shape of a sea-turtle!

Scott Farrell, Hoodoo and Blowing Snow, Bryce Canyon National Park