DEEP: DEEP Announces a Children’s Art Contest for 2013 Year of the Snake

April 4, 2013
     
DEEP Announces a Children’s Art Contest for 2013 Year of the Snake

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Friends of Sessions Woods, as part of the Year of the Snake awareness campaign with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), are sponsoring a snake art contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children interested in entering the contest are asked to draw, paint, or sketch a snake species native to Connecticut.  Entries will be judged in three age groups: K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade.  First, second, third, and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in each age group.  The Connecticut Science Center, in Hartford, has graciously donated a Family Pass package for each first place winner.  The Friends of Sessions Woods Paul Petersen Memorial Fund has donated various snake-related prizes, such as ribbons and books, for all winning pieces of artwork.  First place winners also will have their artwork published in the DEEP’s bimonthly magazine, Connecticut Wildlife.

All of the artwork entered in the contest will be on display at the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center, in Burlington, at a special “Year of the Snake Day,” scheduled for Sunday, June 23, from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Award winners also will be announced to the public during “Snake Day.”  Educational programs on snakes, live snakes, and kid’s crafts are all planned for “Snake Day.”  More information about the event will be on the DEEP’s Year of the Snake Web page at www.ct.gov/deep/YearoftheSnake as it becomes available.

An entry form, art contest guidelines, and the list of native snakes (with photographs) that can be illustrated are available on the DEEP’s Year of the Snake Web page at www.ct.gov/deep/YearoftheSnake.  This information also can be obtained by contacting the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Sessions Woods office at P.O. Box 1550, Burlington, CT 06013; 860-675-8130 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM).  All entries must be postmarked by May 17, 2013. The native snakes that can be illustrated for this contest include the common gartersnake, common ribbonsnake, eastern hog-nosed snake, eastern milksnake, eastern ratsnake, eastern wormsnake, northern black racer, northern brownsnake, northern copperhead, northern watersnake, northern red-bellied snake, ring-necked snake, smooth greensnake, and timber rattlesnake.

Look for more information to come about snakes and snake conservation in Connecticut. One of the best ways to learn more about snakes during the “Year of the Snake” is to subscribe to the DEEP’s Connecticut Wildlife magazine (www.ct.gov/deep/wildlifemagazine).  You also can visit PARC’s Web site at www.yearofthesnake.org, as well as the Year of the Snake page on the DEEP’s Web site (www.ct.gov/deep/YearoftheSnake).