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Invasives Most Wanted: A Youth Art Exhibition

In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, view fun "wanted poster"-style artworks about some of Western Pennsylvania's best known invasive species.

Invasive species are non-native species considered to pose a threat to biodiversity, native habitat or humans. The 2018 – 2019 Fairchild Challenge environmental education competition at Phipps tasked middle school students with investigating invasive species, particularly those found (or predicted) in Western Pennsylvania. Students selected a plant or animal to research, then “framed” it as a wanted outlaw in a most wanted style poster. These posters contain original artistic renditions of the species, along with actions that community members can take against them. 

Featured Artists

Gabrielle Sedlar, Jamie Kurtz, Rachel Levandowski, Katelynn Handa and Riley Wise
Brentwood Middle School

Maggie Mu and Maddie Whitewolf
Carson Middle School

Tabo Mkandawire and Lina Fu
Carson Middle School

Arnim Kuchhal
Dorseyville Middle School

Zhana Neumann
Dorseyville Middle School

Anna Jamison
Elizabeth Forward Middle School

Amelia Walter and Caroline Burns
Keystone Oaks Middle School

Nyla and Jayla Hill
Keystone Oaks Middle School

Megan Kamzalow, Braeden Simon, Patrick Boyle, Jared Miller and Natalie Goldsworthy
Penn Middle School

Andrew Collins
Saltsburg Middle School

Addison Hazuda
St. Philip School

Mya Malloy, Jillian McLaughlin and Gabby Caruso
Trafford Middle School

Delena Steimer and Kate Malley
Trafford Middle School

Ava Campman
Trinity Middle School

Ella DeVore and Lena Laubscher
Woodland Hills Academy

Lillian Divelbiss
Woodland Hills Academy

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Grable Foundation and the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program. The Fairchild Challenge was designed and initiated by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Phipps is proud to serve as a satellite site for conservation-themed activities that engage youth across the globe.

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