Contest: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

Hey, students (& Teachers)!

(Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.)

The world has a big plastic pollution problem on its hands. And there’s a creative way for you to be part of the solution.

Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Canada program has just launched its annual eco-journalism competition for youth. The theme for this year’s competition is: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.

Promo image for Environmental Defence's national eco-journalism competition for youth

For the competition, Canadian youth (ages 11-14 and 15-18) are invited to investigate solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and share what they found through photography, videography, or writing. The deadline for this year’s competition is March 30, 2018.

Winners will be published by Alternatives Journal magazine. First place winners in each category will go on to compete in the International Young Reporters for the Environment Competition, run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Plastic pollution is getting out of control

Plastic pollution on a beach
Photo credit: Cristina Bergman


Plastic pollution is one of the fastest growing problems on the planet. Here’s a quick look at how big this problem really is:

The good news is that there are solutions. So, grab a camera and/or your notebook, and head out into your community and start exploring.

Tips to help you get started

Not sure of how to get started with your story? We can help! We have lots of great free resources on our website to help you craft your plastic pollution stories, including handbooks and instructional videos.

Visit to learn more. And good luck!

P.S. Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.


Polar Expressions Poetry & Short Story Contests 2017/2018

Student Contests

Now announcing our 12th annual student contests for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2017/2018 National Student Contests

Poetry Deadline: November 15, 2017
Short-Story Deadline: November 30, 2017

Each year Polar Expressions Publishing hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

Educators may wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair).

Information packages, including entry forms are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by sending us an information request.

The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contests!

Climate Comic Contest 2017




Learn more about climate change AND create a superhero with an earth-saving adventure! The world will vote on the top submissions at the UN Climate Conference, COP23.

The winner will bring their superhero to life in comic-book form worldwide on earth day! Are you ready to save the world?


  • To show the world that young people are superheroes for climate change.
  • To become an official author of Comics Uniting Nations


  • Submit your superhero by Oct 22, 2017

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2017 Kids Art Contest – Amphibians & Reptiles

frogs-are_green-header-20151Calling all children ages 3-17!

Announcing the 8th Annual Kids Art Contest! Hosted by Frogs Are Green.

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as:

  • (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D;
  • Most Unusual;
  • Best Environmental;
  • Best Black and White.
  • Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2018. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Green permission to use your artwork. Credit to artists will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): The custom designed Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass straw; their winning artwork on a t-shirt provided by Big Frog Custom Shirts; and Frogs Are Green‘s newest books.

This years theme is… Amphibians & Reptiles!

Yes, children can draw any amphibian or reptile! Turtles, salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, and more! They can also draw rainforests, ponds, wildlife in trees or water, or how they feel about climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment. Here are a few links to provide much need information and photos for reference:

2017 poster design with featured 2016 winning artworks from the top: Vanessa Qiu, Geethma Tashani Thalangama, Minju Kim.

2017 kids art contest hosted by Frogs Are Green. Design by Susan Newman.

The Canadian Fluid Power Challenge

competition_tmbThe Canadian Fluid Power Challenge is intended to provide Grade 7 and 8 students with hands-on experience building a controlled mechanism with real world applicability and to open their eyes and those of their teachers to technology careers and, in particular, careers in fluid power.

The Challenge is an excellent complement to the science and technology curriculum at these grade levels.

At a minimum, the organizers hope that the Challenge will encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school programs to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies.

The CFPA currently sponsors two types of Fluid Power Challenges.

The National Canadian Fluid Power Challenge, which is just being launched for a 2017 debut will allow teams of students from anywhere in Canada to participate.  Their efforts will be judged against submissions from across the country.  For more details about the National Challenge click here.

The first Local Fluid Power Challenge was held in Toronto in 2001 and, with a few interruptions beyond the CFPA’s control, has been held annually ever since.  A similar Challenge was held in Edmonton for a few years but is presently dormant at that location. For more details about the Local Challenges click here.

Be a STEM Program Champion

We are offering three levels of sponsorship for our new National Challenge:
• Platinum Sponsor $5000
• Gold Sponsor $1000
• Silver Sponsor $500

As a sponsor, your company or organization will be visible to parents, teachers, students and the general public in various ways including logos on communications, t-shirts, signage, media releases, websites and social media with the details varying depending on the level of your sponsorship.

Contact to learn more.

The Meaning of Home Contest

The Meaning of Home contest invites Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written essay about what home means to them.

Genworth Canada donates $10 per entry and the winner gets to direct a $50,000 grant from Genworth Canada to a Habitat build of their choice.

Ten runners-up will also each receive a $5,000 grant towards the Habitat for Humanity project of their choice.

Additional prizes include a pizza party for the class and $1,000 to the winner’s school!


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