Local kids raise awareness of sea turtles through art

The Peñita de Jaltemba’s El Naranjo Turtle Camp recently hosted the grand finale of the 4th “Save the Sea Turtle” Drawing Contest, a project promoting environmental awareness among kids, organized by the Grupo de Ecologistas de Nayarit A.C.

As happens every year, hundreds of children participated in this free contest, which provides them with excellent tools in pro of the conservation of this endangered species.

This year 1,510 drawings were received of which only 50 made it to the finals: 25 in the first through third grade category and 25 within the fourth to sixth grade categories. The number of drawings entered has steadily increased over the years.

The first 10 places in each category received prizes, among them day passes and stays in hotels around the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. Those who did not win participated opportunity in a raffle for water park tickets. Over 40 prizes were awarded to the participants.

“The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau has fully supported our efforts from the first year we started our drawing contest, providing everything we needed to organize it,” said Ricardo Villaseñor Llamas, president of the Grupo Ecologistas de Nayarit A.C.

“Truth is, without the support of the CVB we wouldn’t have been able to hold the contest because it’s very expensive and we wouldn’t have been able to afford it,” added Villaseñor. “We offer it for free because we want to strengthen and encourage environmental education among children.”

Turtle nesting season begins

The official start of the 2016-2017 turtle nesting season coincided with the drawing contest. The El Naranjo Turtle Camp’s projections include reaching up to 450 nests, exceeding last year’s 400. The good news is the number of nests has been steadily increasing every year.

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