Island Nature Trust, a non-profit organization and Parks Canada, a federal agency, share a common interest in monitoring and conserving ecosystems, protecting species at risk, and expanding knowledge of biodiversity and the impacts of climate change. With this in mind, we are launching a special contest – we want your input in helping to protect PEI’s Species at Risk.

While many individuals and groups work towards protecting species at risk, and most people share this concern, there are still some who need to be convinced. We are asking youth to create a short public service announcement (PSA) for PEI residents and visitors about a Species at Risk of their choice. A PSA is a message with the objective of raising awareness, changing public attitudes and behavior towards a social issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Parks Canada.

Canada warbler. Photo credit: Donna Martin. 



Individual students in grades 7 to 9 or individuals age 12 to 16 years and living in Prince Edward Island are invited to enter this contest. School classes or organized youth groups (including but not limited to 4H Clubs, Girl Guide Units, Scout Troops) may also submit entries for consideration in a special “Class or Group” category.

Contest instructions

The goal of the videos are to, in a creative way, (1) introduce people to the species, (2) share information about how humans impact the species, and (3) offer ways
for people to reduce their impacts on the Species at Risk.

Time limit is up to the participant, to allow time to present their message in their own way. Projects are to be in the form of a video file, and must clearly state the selected PEI Species at Risk.


Class or Group Category

The grand prize winning class or organized youth group will receive a special drawing class with Island artist Maurice Bernard, and an Island Nature Trust field trip to a PEI Natural Area.

Individual Category

The individual Grand Prize Winner will receive a free weekend of camping in PEI National Park, plus a copy of John Sylvester’s Wild Island, a lovely coffee table book filled with John’s beautiful

The 2nd and 3rd place individual winners will each receive a Parks Canada prize pack, plus a copy of John Sylvester’s Wild Island.

Judging Criteria and Winner Selection

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will evaluate works on content (including relevance to chosen theme), impact and originality. Winners will be notified by mail or phone.


To publish the winning entries on the Island Nature Trust website and on the Parks Canada website for Prince Edward Island National Park. All submissions will remain the property of Parks Canada with full credit and recognition of the winner and their school or group.

Send entries to:

Species at Risk Contest Email:

Parks Canada
2 Palmers Lane
Charlottetown, PE Phone
C1A 5V8 (902) 672-6422

Phone: (902) 672-6422

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