Activities for Children

Student Bird Art and Nature Writing Contest deadlines have been extended until April 13.

Due to school closures in Humboldt County, the deadline for receipt of entries in the Student Bird Art Contest and Student Nature Writing Contest has been extended from Friday, March 20 to Monday, April 13.

These two contests usually are held in conjunction with the Godwit Days Spring Migration Birding Festival, which has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date this fall. However, Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) wish to continue their two contests this spring.

Festival postponement means that there will be no awards ceremony or opportunity to post all of the art and winning essays/poems in the Arcata Community Center. However, if the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center opens by May 1, copies of winning art pieces will be on display there during May and June. Winners of the art contest will be featured on both the FOAM and RRAS websites and in their newsletters, while writing contest winners will be posted on the RRAS website and, as space allows, be reproduced in the organization’s Sandpiper newsletter.

As of March 16, the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center – which serves as the drop-off point for entries – has been closed until further notice, so artwork cannot be turned in there. Call 707-826-2359 closer to the April 13 deadline, to find out whether the center has reopened and can accept art pieces. The other method to submit artwork is by mailing it to Sue Leskiw, 155 Kara Lane, McKinleyville CA 95519.

Writing contest entries can be printed and mailed to Sue at the address above or emailed to [email protected].

Make sure to visit and click on the appropriate contest link at the right of the opening screen, so you have complete instructions on how to enter the two contests.


All other youth activities have been postponed for April 2020.


We offer a number of activities for children and their families to enjoy during the Spring festival weekend at the Arcata Community Center.

Kids under 18 may register for these events free of charge. We ask that at least one parent or guardian attend the event with their child, parents are not required to register themselves.

The Student Art & Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, co-sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS), will be held on Saturday, April 18th, starting at 10:30am in the Main Hall of the Arcata Community Center. Award recipients will be contacted prior to the festival. All entries will be posted in the lobby of the Arcata Community Center for viewing Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th.

Click here to learn more about the 17th Annual Student Bird Art Contest.
Click here to learn more about the 15th Annual Student Writing Contest.