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'10 Plants' Challenge Seeks Youthful Creativity, Plant Savvy
Chanhassen, MN (April 25, 2013) - Last year, the "10 Plants that Changed Minnesota" campaign heightened state residents' awareness of the life-changing impact - good or bad - of the green and growing world around us.
Now the fun begins! University of Minnesota horticultural science professor Mary Meyer is now asking state youths to take the "10 Plants Challenge" and create games, classroom activities, videos and/or other learning materials that showcase the statewide impact of the selected powerful plants - alfalfa, American elm, apples, corn, purple loosestrife, soybeans, turf and lawn grass, wheat, white pine and wild rice. (For background info, visit: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/10PlantsMinnesota.aspx.)
"Specifically, with the '10 Plants Challenge,' we are trying to engage youth to develop activities that enhance learning, while also showing the impact of the 10 plants on Minnesota," said Meyer, who is partnering with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and U of M Extension in this initiative.
The challenge is separated into two age categories - "Saplings" (ages 12 & under as of July 15) and "Apples" (ages 13-17 as of July 15). Participants must be younger than 18 (as of July 15).
First-place winners in each category will receive their choice of an iPad or $500 gift certificate for Apple products. Second-place winners will receive an iPod or a gift certificate for $250 in Apple products. Third-place winners will receive a $100 gift certificate for Apple products. Youths may enter individually or in groups.
The "10 Plants Challenge" kick-off was on Earth Day - Monday, April 22 - with the unveiling of an official website and other related events at the Arboretum. Submissions must be received by July 15 and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Mary H. Meyer, 10 Plants Youth Challenge, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318.
For a "10 Plants Challenge" application form or background information on the specific 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota, visit the website at http://top10plantsmn.org. Winners will be announced by Aug. 15 and highlighted at the Minnesota State Fair. Winning submissions will be posted online and must involve the internet. Questions? Contact Meyer at: email@example.com.