Don't miss your last chance to enter the 21st annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest.

Courtesy of Texas General Land Office

Yep, time is running out. The deadline for art entries is March 1st.

According to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, "Our vast coastline is truly a Texas treasure, yet many students across the state have not yet had the opportunity to see it up close. The 'Treasures of the Texas Coast' Children's Art Contest is a great opportunity for kids across Texas to explore the coast and express their appreciation for its natural beauty and exotic wildlife in a creative manner. As a father and a former educator, I encourage parents and teachers to inspire students in kindergarten through 6th grade to participate."

Courtesy of Texas General Land Office

This year's grand prize winner will get two round-trip coach tickets on United Airlines to any United destination in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Candada, the Caribbean, or Mexico, plusone 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International out of Galveston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Puerto Rico or Port Canaveral. Oh, and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels!

The student's teacher will also receive two round-trip coach tickets from United Airlines and a 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

There will be ten winners chosen from each of four grade-level categories (K - 2nd, 3rd - 4th, 5th, and 6th). From these 40 finalists, one grand prize winner will be chosen.  All 40 finalists will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, a certificate of recognition, and prizes from the Texas General Land Office, plus a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

This contest is open to students in grades K-6th across Texas. One entry per student is allowed, and all entries must have a completed parental release form taped to the back. Parents, you can get your release forms at TexasAdoptABeach.org.

For more information and contest guidelines on the "Treasures of the Texas Coast" 2017 Children's Art Contest, please contact the General Land Office at 1-877-TX-COAST or visit their website at TexasAdoptABeach.org.