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Do you have a child that loves nature? Can they not get enough of natural science? Well, the Young Naturalist Awards is conducting a competition for students in grades 7th through 12th. This competition is an invitation for students to perform a scientific investigation that would lead to a new understanding about the question an individual student has posed.

Competitors get to select, plan, and conduct their own investigation. They should include observations, questions, data gathering from the field, and finally their analysis. All of this would be submitted to YNA by March 1, 2010 in the form of an essay. The competitor should also include drawings and/or pictures.

There will be twelve winners, two from each grade, chosen out of all entries. The winners will receive cash awards and be flown, along with a parent/guardian, to New York City on an expense paid trip to the Museum for an award ceremony and for behind the scenes tour.

You can find the complete rules, winning essays from last year, and all the particulars at http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/index.html.

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Written by: Susan Harris
Homeschool.com News Editor

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