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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) will be hosting its “Estuary Artworks” event at the Purple Penguin Art Company, 702 W. 3rd Street in downtown Thibodaux, on September 27th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in collaboration with National Estuaries Day.

Children ages 0-18 are invited to attend and draw their favorite estuary scene. The event is free of charge. A contest of all the participants’ entries will be conducted and age consisting of 0-3, 4-7, 8-12 and 13-18 will break down categories. Prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each category.

An overall winner will also be awarded and will receive a gift certificate to Purple Penguin Art Company for one semester of classes, which includes sixteen 75-minute classes.

Appointments will not be scheduled, but RSVPs are highly recommended for children planning to attend throughout the day. Refreshments will be provided by Rotolo’s in Thibodaux. BTNEP staff will be in attendance educating families about the estuary and giving children insight on what an estuary is and what can be found in it.

National Estuaries Week will be held September 20-27 to promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect and restore them by raising awareness of the vital role estuaries play in our society. Activities across the country sponsored by various groups are creating awareness and public interest about the significance of estuaries in the environment.

BTNEP’s goal with the “Estuary Artworks” event is to educate children more about the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine System, its importance and what is happening to it. As the estuary disappears, so does the culture and heritage of the area.

For more information regarding this event or to RSVP, please contact Kristy Monier at 985-447-0868 or email at