One of the ideal ways to generate student interest in the art contest—and also to have young people think more about endangered species conservation—is to engage them in a conversation about why endangered animals and plants are personally meaningful, and to hear more of their ideas for ways they can act to support conservation.
For example, as part of your discussion with students before they begin working on their art contest submission, you can ask them
-Why is it important to protect endangered species and their habitats?
-What is your favorite endangered species?
-If you could tell everyone why this species is important to you, what would you say?
-What do you think people can do to help this species thrive?
Your students can also include a brief comment on their contest submission form.