Bennett Spring State Park and the Lebanon Sunbonnet Garden Club held a joint art contest to promote children taking an active role in caring for the land. Eighty-three children, grades first through fifth, submitted posters focused on recycling, reusing, reducing waste and not littering.
The top five art contest winners were:
Addison Nichols, first grade, from Knob Noster
Alina Neal, second grade, from Springfield
Alyssa Richardson, third grade, from Richland
James Peregoy, fourth grade, from Lebanon
Madelyn Day, fifth grade, from Lebanon
The winners of the contest received a $10 gift certificate. Their artwork has been submitted to the National Garden Club State Chairman to be considered in representing the state of Missouri. Artwork from the winners of each state will be considered for use in an official USDA Forest Service promotion this year.
The contest had its kickoff with a live owl program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary at Bennett Spring State Park last fall. This kickoff was part of the joint efforts by the MDNR's Division of State Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service, Lebanon Sunbonnet Garden Club, World Bird Sanctuary, Lebanon High School and Missouri Master Naturalist. The art contest is an annual joint partnership activity held in conjunction with Bennett Spring State Park’s fall activities.
Bennett Spring State Park is located on 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon. For more information about the event, call 417-532-3925.
For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit the web at mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.