Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s Capture the Canvas Pairs Nature’s Beauty with Local Artwork

Hey Newsymom Readers!

Here’s your chance to get out into nature, support young artists, AND win a $1000 cash prize! Check out this press release from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) for details:

New Philadelphia, OH (May 22, 2023) — The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) invites you to hit the trails this summer for a chance to win fabulous prizes while having a great time outdoors with your family and friends!

The MWCD has partnered with five local schools in a promotion that encourages residents to get outdoors and explore the trails at MWCD parks. With materials given by MWCD, students painted canvases that will be on display on MWCD trails throughout the district. Participating schools and the locations of their artwork are:

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

Guests are encouraged to try and find all five canvases at each of the MWCD parks and can have a maximum of three entries. First prize is $1,000 cash sponsored by Encino Energy, second prize is a weekend stay at the deluxe log cabin at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, and third prize is a one-day boat rental from a MWCD-operated marina.

“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. To enter, visit one of the MWCD park locations and search for the canvas on the trail. Once found, take a “selfie”, or have someone take your photograph. The photo must include yourself, along with the canvas in the background to prove you found the canvas. Visit to enter your information, upload your photo, for contest rules and trail maps. Must be 18 years of age to participate.

About Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving over $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy garnering more than 5 million visitors annually. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). For more information about the MWCD, visit and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

Adria Bergeron

Director of Marketing & Communications

1319 3rd St. NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Direct  330-556-5106

Cell    330-284-4706

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