For the second year, Questar III and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are partnering to create a student art exhibit at Schodack Island State Park. The group is seeking local Pre-K to grade 12 student works to display at the 1,052-acre site located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River. The exhibit is open to all students in grades Pre-K to 12 in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties.

The park has been designated an estuarine sanctuary, and a portion of the park shelters a bird conservation area that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities.

To highlight the rich cultural and environmental history of this park in the heart of the Questar III region, student-created work will be displayed throughout the park in weatherproof cases, built by students in Questar III’s Constructional Technologies program last year. Entries should focus on the park’s natural or cultural history, recreational opportunities, or natural beauty.

Entries may include:

  • Architecture
  • Essay
  • Mixed media
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture
  • Sketching
  • Structural design
  • Technology


  1. Up to three pieces of student work may be submitted from each school
  2. Entries may include 2D or 3D objects
  3. All entries must be related to Schodack Island State Park’s natural history, cultural history, recreational opportunities, or natural beauty.
  4. All entries must be sized to fit inside weatherproof display cases measuring 24” x 36” x 6”. Electricity is not available in display cases.
  5. All entries must include a separate short paragraph describing the artist’s inspiration for the piece of artwork.
  6. A completed LABEL must be attached to the back of each submitted piece.
  7. Entries must be completed and submitted to Kimberly Harris by May 4, 2018.


Educators and Administrators should notify Kimberly Harris at if planning to enter student work for the exhibit by Wednesday, April 4, 2018.


All entries are welcome and encouraged, however not all pieces will be put on display.  Entries selected for display will be evaluated on their relevance to Schodack Island State Park, accuracy of information, and creativity.  Pieces selected for public display will be on display at the park for the entire year.

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