Kids’ nature art contest deadline Oct. 2

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It’s time to break out the acrylics, watercolors, drawing pencils or whatever other art medium your children favor and have them create nature-inspired works of art to enter in the Wild Things art contest for children ages 5 to 18.

More than 400 young artists are expected to enter the contest, and all the submissions will be displayed at an art show during the Wild Things festival in Lacombe Oct. 18. Entries must be received by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Contest rules, entry forms and information are available at www.fws.gov.southeastlouisiana.

The 17th annual Wild Things festival is held at the 110-acre Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges headquarters (61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, 985-882-2025). The event focuses on wildlife and conservation, with more than 40 groups setting up exhibits, making presentations and conducting family-oriented activities.

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Free pontoon boat tours will take participants around Bayou Lacombe and van tours will transport people to Big Branch March National Wildlife Refuge, where biologists work to save endangered species.

Park Rangers will open the festival at 10 a.m. by performing a selection of nature-inspired songs from the album SONGS FOR JR. RANGERS. Visitors also can make use of the selfie photo station, a hayride shuttle and a game where children fishing rods and reels to spin-cast into a target. There’s also face-painting, other games and wildflower and nature walks, pellet gun and archery ranges, a scavenger hunt and wildlife challenge course.

The festival ends at 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.


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