capture the canvas

Can You Find and Capture the Canvas?

Explore the trails this summer for a chance to win prizes while having fun in the great outdoors with friends and family!

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

The MWCD has partnered with five local schools to encourage residents to get outdoors and hit the trails. As a promotion for outdoor explorations, the MWCD provided materials for students to paint canvases that will be on display on MWCD trails throughout the district. The artwork locations and the participating schools are:

  • Conotton Valley High School: Atwood Lake Park
  • Lucas High School: Charles Mill Lake Park
  • New Philadelphia High School: Pleasant Hill Lake Park
  • Caldwell High School: Seneca Lake Park
  • Starlight School: Tappan Lake Park

Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to find all five canvases at these parks and snap a photo (maximum of three entries). You can visit to enter your information and upload your photo, check out contest rules, and explore the trail maps. The first prize is $1,000 cash sponsored by Encino Energy, the second prize is a weekend stay at the deluxe log cabin at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, and the third prize is a one-day boat rental from a MWCD-operated marina. Must be 18 years of age to participate.

“We are extremely excited to collaborate with local school districts to encourage people to explore our trails and experience nature at one of our parks,” said Ryan McCleaster, MWCD Chief of Recreation. “These students are so talented, so to also have an opportunity to display their artwork in such a unique way is an honor.”

The artwork will be on display, and the contest will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Looking Ahead

Various Fishing Tournaments at Multiple Lake Parks

Ladies Night Craft and Desserts at Charles Mill Lake ParkJune 7

Tots in the Park at Atwood Lake ParkJune 8

Pirates Weekend at Charles Mill Lake ParkJune 9 to 11

Race Brimstone 10 Mile & 5k Race at Atwood Lake Park – June 17

Coffee with the Chief at Marina Point – June 17

Ohio Boater Education Course for Kids at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – June 20

Coffee with the Chief at Clendening Marina – July 7

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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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