HJC Holding Photo Contest for New Nature Trail Signs

Historic Jefferson College is sponsoring a nature photography contest. Winners will have their images featured on new interpretive signs that will be installed along the T.J. Foster Memorial Nature Trail next summer.

The nature trail is named after the first director of the site. The trail features a longer loop about one mile in length through fairly rigorous terrain, and a shorter, less taxing quarter-mile loop. More than sixty-five species of native and non-native vegetation are identified on the trails by small metal placards. The twenty large, new signs will highlight the animals, insects, plants, and other features found along the nature trail.

A list of subjects for the photo contest is online at the Historic Jefferson College Web site. It contains birds, mammals, reptiles, plants, and more. Participants may submit up to twenty-five entries. Photographers’ names will be included on the signs alongside their image.

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2010. Technical details may be found with the subject list and submission form on the HJC Web site.

The interpretive signs are made possible in part by a Recreational Trails grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Jefferson College was the first institution of higher learning in the Mississippi Territory. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. for the buildings and daily sunup to sundown for the grounds. For information call 601-442-2901.

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