Children's Outdoor Art Gallery

A group of children and adults hike across a grassy field at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Join Washington County Parks in celebrating art and nature with a special children’s outdoor art gallery! Children ages 10 and under are encouraged to create artwork to display in the park based on the theme “What Does Nature Mean to You?” Parks staff will be collecting the artwork September 14-28 and it will be installed at Lake Elmo Park Reserve along the Northern Lights (yellow) trail on Wednesday, September 30. 

The gallery will end on Wednesday, October 14.

How to Enter

  • Draw, color, or paint an 8 x 10 picture using the theme "What Does Nature Mean to You?" as inspiration.
  • Artwork cannot be 3-dimensional or made of material other than paper. Parks staff will laminate the artwork to protect it from the elements and frame it for installation. 
  • Children ages 10 and under
  • On a separate piece of paper, please include the child’s first name and last initial (Sara A.), age, title of the picture, and a short 2-3 sentence description of the picture (optional), along with a parent’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Mail or deliver artwork to the Washington County Historic Courthouse.
  • The deadline for submission is Monday, September 28.
  • Parents will be notified if their child’s artwork is chosen to be displayed. 
  • The gallery will be on display Wednesday, September 30 - Wednesday, October 14. 
  • Up to 20 pictures will be selected for display based on color, theme, and creativity.
  • Given the nature of the gallery, the artwork is not able to be returned after the gallery ends.

Deliver pictures or send via postal mail to:

Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 Pine Street West
Stillwater, MN 55082. 

The Historic Courthouse is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:Date:Time:Additional Information:
Lake Elmo Park ReserveWednesday, September 30-Wednesday, October 14During regular Park hours 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Northern Lights Trail (yellow). 1.1 miles (1.8 km) long.

Park at the Nordic Center

A Washington County Parks vehicle permit is required ($7/daily or $30/annual).