Hannibal Parks & Recreation and the Hannibal Art Council are co-sponsoring a Sodalis Nature Preserve Art Contest.

One winner in each division will be given the opportunity to accompany U.S. Fish & Wildlife endangered species biologists into the former mines at Sodalis Nature Preserve. The mines are gated off to keep people out, but allow the bats to fly in and out.

Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the official dedication of Sodalis Nature Preserve.

Entries must be submitted by October 14 to the Hannibal Parks & Recreation office at 320 Broadway in Hannibal.  Entries should feature one of the following:

  • Sodalis Nature Preserve
  • Indiana Bat
  • Benefits of Bats

The age divisions are: 18 and over, 13 to 17 and 12 and under. Entries should be no larger than 11” x 17” and poster-board entries are acceptable for the 12 and under division.

Sodalis Nature Preserve is a 185-acre park property that was given to the city this year to preserve endangered bats. It is now Hannibal’s second-largest park. The trailhead is located at 819 Ely Street in Hannibal.

For more information, go to www.hannibalparks.org.