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BTNEP set to host 2nd annual “Estuary Artworks” Event

BTNEP set to host 2nd annual “Estuary Artworks” Event

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Estuary Artworks event at the Purple Penguin Art Company on September 26th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in collaboration with National Estuaries Day.

Children ages 0-18 are invited to attend and create their favorite estuary scene. The event is free of charge and will take place at The Purple Penguin Art Company located at 702 W. 3rd Street in downtown Thibodaux.

Children are encouraged to bring their creative ideas related to life in the estuary! A contest of all the participants’ entries will be conducted and categories will be broken down by age consisting of 0-3, 4-7, 8-12 and 13-18.

Prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each category. Winners’ artwork will also be displayed at the Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux following the event.

Appointments will not be scheduled, but RSVPs are highly recommended for children planning to attend throughout the day.

Refreshments will be provided. BTNEP staff will be in attendance educating families about the estuary, giving children insight on what an estuary is, and what organisms live in the estuary.

National Estuaries Week will be held September 20-26 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 value to the community. As the estuary disappears, so does the culture and heritage of the area.

“Estuary Artworks provides children and families with a chance to visually explain why our estuary is so important to them personally. Our rich culture, biodiversity, recreational activities and lifestyles gives these young artists a host of topics to use for their artwork,” said Susan Testroet-Bergeron, BTNEP Program Director. “We are all looking forward to spending the day with our young wetlands artists.”

For more information regarding this event or to RSVP, please contact Kristy Monier at 985-447-0868 or email at BTNEP would like to thank its partners, Stephanie Donaldson, owner and operator of The Purple Penguin Art Company and The Bayou Country Children’s Museum. We would also like to thank our sponsors Preferred Pediatrics, S. Douglas Ber, D.D.S. & Jake’s Kids.

BTNEP is one of the 28 national estuary programs in the United States. All or parts of sixteen Louisiana parishes are located in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary system. The organization was established under the EPA Clean Water Act to protect coastal resources. BTNEP is a partnership of government, businesses, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests and individuals for the preservation, protection, and restoration for the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana. For more information on BTNEP, visit our website page at, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.