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DATE: March 23, 2010
CONTACT: Mary Graham
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
(802) 359-5001 x219;

VINS Blends Art and Conservation with Art on a Rain Barrel Contest
Vermont and New Hampshire agencies and non-profits join together to celebrate and protect water

Quechee, Vt. – The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) has joined together with state agencies and environmental and arts organizations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire to present Art on a Rain Barrel, a free art contest that challenges adults and children to exercise their creativity on behalf of water conservation and stewardship.

The Art on a Rain Barrel contest highlights the importance of rain barrels as a tool that everyone can use to conserve precious water resources. Rain barrels catch rain from roofs, storing water that can be used to care for lawns and gardens or even wash your car. One 55-gallon rain barrel can help the average household save 1,300 gallons of water in a single summer! The use of rain barrels also helps reduce runoff that can erode and pollute rivers and streams, and saves money and resources that would otherwise be used to pump water from wells or municipal water systems.

If conserving water, protecting rivers, and saving money sound appealing to you, then here is your chance to support a good cause without spending a penny. The best part is that you will walk away with a free, 100 percent recycled rain barrel that you and your friends have designed and painted! So grab your most creative friends, dust off your art supplies, and send in your best designs to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) – postmarked by March 31.

The top 30 entries will be invited to the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vt., to celebrate Vermont Clean Water Day on May 15, 2010. At the Art on a Rain Barrel Festival, each team will receive a free, 100 percent recycled rain barrels on which to paint their designs – courtesy of Upcycle Products ( Artists also will be provided with quality paints provided by The Home Depot of West Lebanon. Top designs will receive special prizes and will be put on display at the VINS Nature Center for tens of thousands to see! Both the contest and festival are free and open to everyone. Professional artists wishing to support the program are invited to paint and donate their rain barrel artwork as a fundraiser for VINS.

Art on a Rain Barrel partners include: The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, The New England Tropical Conservatory, Purple Crayon Productions, AVA (Alliance for the Visual Arts) Gallery and Art Center, The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, The New Hampshire Lakes Association, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District.

Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2010. Find more details about the Art on a Rain Barrel contest and download the official application at Questions should be directed to (802) 359-5000 x228 or

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a non-profit, member-supported environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered on Route 4 in Quechee, Vt. VINS’ mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment with a priority placed on making high-quality, compelling and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities. Stay connected with VINS through our new nature blog at

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