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National Reptile Awareness Day art contest begins

Students across Nebraska are invited to celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day 2022 through an art competition hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Young artists in grades K-12 may submit their original artwork of a Nebraska native reptile by Oct. 17 at Outdoornebraska.org/reptileart. Each student that submits a digital piece of artwork will receive a Reptile-ology magazine.

Winners from each grade level will be selected by Game and Parks staff and announced on National Reptile Awareness Day on Oct. 21. The contest kicks off Sept. 5.

This year, Game and Parks created a free turtle curriculum packet for teachers of grades 3-5. This 50-page curriculum meets Nebraska state science standards and engineering and science practices. It will help increase their awareness of Nebraska turtle species and show personal actions they can take to help turtles. Teachers can request a packet by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/G8BN9K7.

To learn more about Nebraska’s native reptile species, or for inspiration for artwork, visit Outdoornebraska.org/reptiles.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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