Kids & Teachers

Fun activities and educational resources for students and their families, educators and school administrators seeking local foods and educational curricula

Coloring Calendar

Choose Iowa Coloring Calendar Cover with a child's drawing of a barn and fields.

School-age students are invited to participate in the 2024 Choose Iowa Calendar Contest hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Artwork submitted should feature at least one aspect of Iowa agriculture, with an emphasis on food, livestock or crop production. Submissions will be judged on both creativity and the connection of agriculture to everyday life. Entries are due by June 1 and winners will be announced and recognized at the Iowa State Fair.

School-age students up to 18-years-old are invited to participate in the contest. Pictures should be drawn on plain white, 8.5 by 11-inch paper in a horizontal orientation using only black lines. The pictures should not be colored in. For creative inspiration, previous calendars may be viewed here.

Entries can be emailed to or mailed to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Choose Iowa Calendar, 502 E 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Each submission should include basic information about the artist (on the back of the entry or a separate sheet), including the artist’s name, age, grade, school, and hometown, as well as the name, email and phone number of a parent or guardian. For consideration, entries must be received by the Department by June 1, 2024.

View photos from the 2023 Choose Iowa Coloring Calendar Ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on August 15, 2023.

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