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Saving spiders with art

This article appeared in the April 19, 2013 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

Student artists, Explorit Science Center needs your help to save spiders with art!  We know how amazing and useful spiders can be and the important role they play in our ecosystem.  So help us spread the word by drawing or painting spiders to feature their great qualities and environmental importance, and submit your creation to the Save Our Spiders Art Contest.

It’s free to enter and winners from each age category (Kindergarten through third grade, fourth through eighth grades, and ninth through twelfth grades) will be featured on Explorit’s website and displayed at the Davis Art Center.  Plus, you could win awesome prizes generously donated by Fairytale Town, Art Beast Studio, Funderland Amusement Park, Sunrise Rollerland, Sacramento Zoo, John’s Incredible Pizza Co., Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Sky High Sports, Raging Waters, Safetyville U.S.A., and Esquire IMAX.

Any student from Kindergarten through twelfth grade who is a U.S. resident is eligible to participate. All entries will be sent to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And teachers can win too!  The teacher of the first place winner in each age category will also take home a prize.

Artwork will be judged based on creativity and how well the theme of the contest is communicated in any two-dimensional media such as drawing or painting.  The artwork must be the artist’s own original creation and may not incorporate any copyrighted characters or violent or inappropriate content.  Full terms and conditions can be found at www.explorit.org/csp/artcontest.

But if art’s not your thing, don’t worry, use your words!  You can also submit an original spider story or poem to our “Web of Words” website at http://groups.dcn.org/explorit-csp-wow for a chance to win prizes from Rocknasium.

Send your entries to Explorit Science Center at 3141 5th Street in Davis.  Entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5:00 p.m. on April 22.  Winners will be announced May 13.  So get your creativity on and show us why we should save our spiders!

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Explorit’s events:

• Spider Lecture Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Mori Seiki.  Prof. Chad Johnson from Arizona State University will delve into the bizarre mating and eating habits of urban black widows.  This lecture is recommended for those ages 13 and up.  See www.Explorit.org/csp/blackwidow for more information and to R.S.V.P.

• Summer Camp Volunteer Recruitment – Explorit is seeking volunteers from now through May 10, 2013 to assist with activities during Summer Camp 2013.  Volunteers must be age 12 to adult.  If you are interested in volunteering please email Lisa at lisaj@explorit.org for more information and a volunteer application. 

• Explorit Summer Camp Registration is going on now!  There are still spaces available especially in our PreK-K camps and 3rd - 5th grade camps.  Register on-line at www.explorit.org today!

• Vote for Explorit!  Now through May 2 KCRA 3 A-List is taking your votes for the “Best.”  Vote Explorit for “Best Museum” and be sure to spread the word to your friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media you can think of.  Vote today at http://ctvr.us/explorit.

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org.  You can also “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow us on twitter at @ExploritScience.

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