The Art of Sustainable Science

Welcome to “The Art of Sustainable Science” – an annual celebration that seamlessly weaves together the realms of art and science to honor the essence of sustainability. Calling all creative minds from grades K-12! Dive into the world of possibility by crafting an art project or presenting a science fair-style creation that powerfully conveys a message of sustainability or conservation. Our esteemed panel of judges will evaluate these inspiring projects, and the thrill of victory awaits with prizes for the top three winners in each category – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Join us in fostering a passion for sustainability through the unique fusion of art and science.

It is FREE to participate, and registration is open to all public, private, and homeschool students in grades K-12. Students are welcome to work individually or in a team. Projects can be science fair-style or art-based. 

This year, we are excited to offer a hybrid event to allow for both virtual and in-person participation. It is still free to participate for all K-12 students and includes cash prizes generously provided by the Solid Waste Disposal Authority of Huntsville.


Virtual projects must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, February 26, 2024, to qualify for scoring and cash prizes.

In-person participants will be scored during the event at the Garden on March 2, 2024.

Important dates to know for 2024:

February 19
by 5:00 p.m.
Project Registration Due
February 26 Virtual Project Submission Deadline through FlipGrid
February 27 – March 1 Project scoring for virtual submissions
March 2 Project scoring for in-person submissions
March 2  
9:00 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
In-Person Event/Winner Announcements
March 4 – 7 
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Packet and Certificate Pickup at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
March 27 Prize checks mailed to winning projects

Categories for 2024:
Environmental Conservation
• Grades K – 5
• Grades 6 – 12
Plant Science
• Grades K – 5
• Grades 6 – 12

The following questions will need to be answered for scoring purposes.

  • What are you trying to demonstrate with your project?
  • How does your project relate to sustainability and/or conservation?
  • What are some real-world applications of your project?  What environmentally related career would use the information you discovered with your project?
  • If you could change your project/experiment to make it more sustainable to create or conduct, how would you do so?
  • What inspired you to research your topic?
  • What was your favorite part of working on your project?

To submit a project proposal:

Please send
the following information to

  • Student name
  • Parent/guardian or teacher name
  • Student age and grade
  • Name of school or homeschool organization
  • A 250-word or less description of their project including the name of the category and how it represents sustainability or conservation
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number

Approval for projects will be sent via email within 2 days of receipt.

Virtual Submission

How to submit a video of your project

  • Video submission must meet the following requirements:
    • Length: between 5 and 10 minutes
    • Including the following elements:
      • Description of the design and creation process of the project
      • Visuals of the project
      • Answers to the provided questions

 How to submit photos of
your project:

If you are unable to submit a
video, you may take photos of your project instead.

  • Photograph submissions must meet the following requirements:
    • Up to 10 photos of the project from various angles so that all elements of the project are clearly visible (jpeg format or in a pdf file)
    • Photograph of the student with the project (optional)
    • Written description of the design and creation process of the project
    • Answers to the provided questions
    • Submitted via email to

If you have any issues with submitting your project, please contact or 256-830-4447 ext. 253 as soon as possible.

Prizes and scoring: 

  • Cash prizes provided for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each grade level category
    • For scoring purposes, all categories will be separated into grades K – 5 and grades 6 – 12 and by virtual and in-person projects
  • Each winner will receive a certificate and a souvenir item
  • Certificates and souvenir items must be picked up by the participants or supporting teacher between March 4 – 7 during regular Garden hours
  • Final projects for virtual submissions will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, February 26, 2024, to qualify for scoring
  • All winners will be announced on March 2, 2024, at the in-person event followed by an email announcement for those that cannot attend the in-person event.

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