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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 30, 2022 – The Lebanon Sunbonnet Federated Garden Club invites children in grades first through fifth to participate in the annual Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest. Children may drop off entries Wednesdays through Sundays Oct. 13-30 at the Bennett Spring State Park Nature Center. Also, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. those days the Nature Center will provide supplies for children to create their artwork.

Each entry should be 11 by 17 inches. The official rules and submission requirements can be found at

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 15 Missouri black bear items and information will be on display at the Nature Center. At noon Woodsy Owl will make an appearance followed by a live owl program presented by Dickerson Park Zoo at 1 p.m.

Woodsy Owl is a conservation icon whose message is “Lend a hand, care for the land!” The park supports the community’s efforts in recycling, reusing and reducing waste. Using resources wisely and not littering is appreciated at the park. 

Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon. For more information concerning the poster contest, call 417-532-3925. 

For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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